Mindfulness in adolescence or searching for water in the desert

Being a teenager in 2021 is difficult, very difficult. Almost a continuous act of resistance, I would say. I want to start these lines with this idea, because I think it is worth breaking a small or a large spear in favor of all who this year are going through this vital stage which in itself, and without a global pandemic in between. two, is defined by the word “crisis”.

We could see it as a kind of overlapping crisis matryoshka which are wrapped around each other. A global crisis, a national crisis, an education system in crisis, families in crisis and adolescents in vital crisis due to the stage in which they have to live and also live together in the context of this onion doll that has become the year 2020 and the beginning of 2021.

    Lack of support and referrals in adolescence

    From the first moment, we decided to write about developmental psychology or about the vital evolution of the human being, adolescence was the stage par excellence for change. A time of transition, it has been said, during which the boy or girl passes into adulthood, and which is marked by a series of tangible physical and psychological changes.

    Until a few years ago, this moment in life was accompanied by a sort of generational guide. The teenager’s predecessors and her immediate entourage understood that the child was falling behind and was starting to point to this family member. a small adult who had to be accompanied towards maturity.

    The implicit rites that marked this change were common and gave the adolescent or adolescent signals that the time to grow up was approaching. They could consist of a daily act like being able to play cards with your dad and his friends, learning to use the razor blade, or sitting at family gatherings in the area of ​​the table where the adults ate. All of them, community symbols that told the teenager that at the same time that his body was also changing the environment, he was placing him in a different social place.

    Over the years and with the exponential acceleration of life, these community “rites” have fallen into decline and this guiding attitude which provided the immediate environment has been diluted in a sea of ​​precipitation, demand and lack of awareness. Young adults have recently lost a very valuable orientation in the chaotic and uncertain hormonal sea that includes the time they have to live.

    It is precisely the speed with which we adults live, our minds occupied with constant rumination and the emotional disconnection that prevents us from seeing each other, that leaves our teenagers sold to hyperstimulation. a technologically voracious and extremely labyrinthine world to draw attention to growth and well-being.

    With their prefrontal cortex immersed in the neuronal size of this evolutionary stage, boys and girls have less ability to manage their impulses; moreover, their critical spirit is in bloom but still immature, which makes them become the cannon fodder of a system which will try to disconnect them and accelerate them in search of the seguidism of the dominant inertia.

    The importance of mindfulness at this stage of life

    It is in the face of this current drama, where the millennial essence of activities such as meditation is presented as more than appropriate tools. to support young adults currently living in refugees and isolated after the protection of the digital screen.

    of Vivify, We make a proposal for this challenge in the therapeutic work with these girls and boys, wanting to combine individual processes with a group space in which, accompanied by a professional, can generate a safe place for them to overcome this defense of isolation and emotional disconnection and fostering in the company of other boys and girls who are in the same situation, the rediscovery of his own body as a drum where all experiences resonate and a vital guide of the way to start an adult life conscious, regulated and meaningful.

    Author: Arturo Lecumberri, psychologist at Vitaliza.

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