Mindfulness linked to eastern religion, I suppose so. [me research]. But language evolves, meanings and usage change. At the outset of a conversation, people could discuss what important terms mean, so they have a definition they agree on, for their purposes. It does not have to be a dictionary (which one?) definition either.
I want to emphasize that mindfulness can be however we define it for ourselves. That is, your personal practice and definition are all that matters. I makes no difference to me how you define it, what you do to practice it, even whether you do at all.
I sit here, thinking, my definition might include simply taking these momentary pauses I have been taking lately, to think/recall/focus on what the bleep I am wanting to do NOW! Right now, this second.
I get so distracted I get cranky. I forget what I am doing, how to do/what the next tiny step is that I need to do, it's driving me 'nanans (& they don't like that).
I got a rule now: I do not do anything else while cooking. So far, I have burned a few meals, but have not set my smoke alarm off. Each moment I am cooking, I am conscious I am cooking, whether I am doing the bit that requires me to cut up stuff, stir a pot, think where I am putting the spoon, etc. Edible ✔: I am happy.
If that's a daily mindfulness for me, then who is anyone else to tell me it is not?
I don't think anyone is likely to find that one single therapy, drug, activity, technique - to be all there is. I am surprised that your Psychologist said what they did. Your treatment with them is supposed to be centred on what you need. That's another ongoing conversation I have had with my PDr.
I have had a previous PDr tell me far too much about themselves, and suggested too often that I ought to say, be into footy. No, footy don't do anything for me. I don't get the attraction. I don't like the noise. He put me on antidepressants, said I would have to keep taking them indefinitely. The drugs didn't work for me, so when I found this PDr I am with now, he was happy to wean me off them and see what happens. Sure, my emotions might be somewhat more volitile, but my learning to deal with them is of more use to me. Bleeping hard though.
From your post, I would be v cautious because if you were to drop all the meds you could be in a precarious state indeed.
Grandy, you so impress me. The way you get yourself outdoors, and appreciate all it can offer you, and how you describe it is beautiful.