“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way – on purpose. in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally”
There has been more scientific research on Mindfulness than any other form of meditation, resulting in overwhelming evidence that confirms the power of this practice to change our lives.
Mindfulness is not something seperate from you; it is already a natural resource that is available within you. It is a secular, scientifically informed approach that operates in harmony with any belief system or spiritual background.
Mindfulness enhances –
Relief of stress and feelings of overwhelm
Psychological distress including anxiety, panic, depression, fatigue and irregular sleep
Medical conditons including chronic illness or pain, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, headaches and more
Mindfulness provides prevention and wellness through the commitment to ongoing wellbeing by supporting us to be fully present so as to make consistent choices of kindness to self
Multitasking and Mindfulness
Research shows that multitasking negatively affects performance. We are less efficient, less effective and more likely to make mistakes as our mind switches back and forth between different tasks.
This inevitably affects our productivity, creativity and accuracy by increasing cognitive load and impairing memory.
Focused attention – Mindfulness-Meditation, is important for our performance and also for our psychological well-being!
Multitasking causes us to feel distracted and overwhelmed. It is associated with increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body.
Once you know how, you can practice being mindful when you are walking, driving, or having a conversation. When your mind starts to wander, gently refocus your attention. When you’re in a meeting, pay attention to what’s being said. When you’re with your children, be with your children. When you’re cooking dinner, focus on cooking. Whatever you do, do it fully.
There are many benefits to being both relaxed and fully engaged in life. In other words, being truly in the driver seat of your life.
A study at the Ohio State University found that practicing muscular relaxation daily reduced the risk of breast cancer recurrence in recovering patients. A separate study at the same university showed that a month of relaxation exercises boosted the natural killer cells in older people, which gave them a greater resistance to viruses and tumors.
Lowers blood pressure
By making the body less responsive to stress hormones, meditation was able to lower blood pressure, confirms a study at Harvard Medical School. The practice of meditation actually had a similar effect to blood pressure-lowering medication. A similar result was found by a British Medical Journal report on patients who were trained how to relax during stressful experiences.
Stress can lead to inflammation, which is a state linked to heart disease, asthma, arthritis, and some skin conditions. By switching off the stress response, relaxation can help prevent and treat this by allowing the immune system to fulfill its function more effectively.
Decreases depression and anxiety
Taking a few moments each day to simply come home to oneself, allows us to maintain a more balanced perspective of the challenges from a more stable and self-accepting inner heart space.
Attention Turned Inward Can Help Soothe Anxiety and Increase Well-Being
For some, turning their attention inward can be distressing, because it may tune us into emotions that are uncomfortable. However, constantly distracting ourselves through attention turned outwards will not remove those underlying emotions and so the cycle continues.
Learning to maintain a still center while allowing the feelings to flow through without attaching meaning to them allows us to release pent-up tension and anxiety while increasing our well-being. When practicing this from a genuine place of self-acceptance and love rather than the old patterns of self-criticism, holding one’s center becomes a natural way to BE rather than a human doing.