In this busy world of ours, the mind is constantly pulled from pillar to post, scattering our thoughts and emotions and leaving us feeling stressed, exhausted, highly-strung and at times quite anxious.
Most of us don’t have five minutes to sit down and relax, but it is essential for our wellbeing to take a few minutes each day to cultivate mental spaciousness and achieve a positive mind-body balance.
One of the best methods to help us strive in this world of ours is definitely Mindfulness.
Mindfulness as a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment. Mindfulness is a state of active attention to the moment you are in.
With regular practice of mindfulness, rather than being led on auto-pilot by emotions influenced by negative past experiences and fears of future occurrences, we harness the ability to root the mind in the present moment and deal with life’s challenges in a clear-minded, calm, assertive way.
In turn, we develop a fully conscious mind-set that frees us from the imprisonment of unhelpful, self-limiting thought patterns and enables us to be fully present to focus on positive emotions that increase compassion and understanding in ourselves and others.
Countless high-performers, from athletes to celebrities to business moguls, swear by mindfulness nowadays.
Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness has a very positive influence on all levels of our life.
- increases energy levels
- improves quality of life
- has positive effects on heartbeat and respiration
- lowers blood pressure
- eases inflammations and asthma
- eases premenstrual and menstrual discomforts
- improves sleep
- relives stress
- reduces chronic pain
- improves immune system
- improves cognitive abilities
- improves concentration
- improves memory
- increases creativity
- eases the process of making decisions and problem solving
- enables better processing of information
- helps with ADR difficulties
- improves the level of tolerance to distractions in the environment
- uplifts mood
- improves emotional intelligence
- improves optimism
- improves self esteem
- helps to control worries and anxiety
- decreases impulsive behaviour
- helps to control stress and fear
- prevents loneliness
- helps with depression
- helps to control emotional eating
- helps to deal with addictions
- helps to recognise the programmes that guide us
- helps us to get in touch with our intuition
- help us to make decisions based on our higher guidance and in our highest good
- increases feelings of joy and satisfaction
- connects us with the present moment
- increases feeling of unity, harmony and connection
“In mindfulness meditation you observe the inner flow of thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations without judging them as good or bad. You also pay attention to external sensations such as sounds, sights, tastes, smells and touch.
Mindfulness involves accepting whatever arises in your awareness in each moment. It teaches you to be kind and forgiving toward yourself and others. “