Exploring and Reflecting On the Art and Process of Mindful-Based Inquiry in MBCT

Susan Woods

Susan Woods, MSW, LICSW

Susan Woods, one of the co-leaders (along with Char Wilkins, LCSW) of the upcoming Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher Training Intensive (MBCT-TTI) through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness offered in Petaluma, California on March 20-25, 2011, has recently written a thought-provoking piece on the art and process of inquiry for teachers of MBCT and other mindfulness-based interventions. Here is a brief excerpt of her article, entitled Transparency in the Art of Teaching Inquiry in the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy program:

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.  — Lao Tzu

The intention of mindful inquiry and the spirit of mindfulness encourage us to rest in present moment experience and to let go of any ideas about an end goal.  Like the Lao Tzu quote, inquiry has no fixed agenda and is not interested in outcomes. This does not mean that a MBCT teacher will not have specific objectives in leading inquiry and explicit ways of articulating those principles. But her intention will be to provide an environment that embraces a present moment point of reference without a sense of attachment to knowing where and how it will unfold.

For the full article, and several other items and resources that may be of interest to people teaching mindfulness and leading mindfulness-based interventions, check the Suggested Readings page of the MBCT-TTI program on UCSD’s Professional Training Site.


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