Put simply, mindfulness is the sustained awareness of the stream of sensations and emotions which make up our lives. We learn to watch our minds, attending to the present moment and gaining a greater awareness of the mechanics which underlie our thoughts and emotions.
As a person who stutters/stammers I am interested in how mindfulness might help people who stutter. As Wendell Johnson observed, stuttering is often ‘what you do… [when you try] not to stutter’. Might an approach such as mindfulness, with its emphasis on non-judgemental acceptance, help us to accept our speech as it is and (in the long run) ease our stuttering?
Paradoxically, by ceasing to resist stuttering (indeed, by welcoming it into our lives as a part of ourselves) we may find that its impact upon our lives and our speech is much reduced.
I’m aware that some people end up here looking for a ‘meditation for stuttering’ – something that will act directly to reduce stuttering. While you won’t find anything quite like that here, learning to be more mindful will help you deal with the stresses of stuttering and reduce the impact it can have on your life.