Mindfulness: Showing Up

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Mindfulness: Showing Up

We spend so little time in the present moment. We live from our past and we are anxious about our future. The remedy? Mindfulness.

What is mindfulness?

Several definitions of mindfulness have been used in modern psychology. According to various prominent psychological definitions, mindfulness refers to a psychological quality that involves bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis.

It’s about paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. Mindfulness is present-centered awareness in which each thought, feeling, or sensation that you become aware of is acknowledged and accepted as it is.

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present.

When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.

Next Step New Life mindfulness Shift 9.The effectiveness of being mindful has not escaped the notice of even conventional mental health practices. Both clinical as well as basic science researchers have devoted a significant amount of study to this topic. There is ample evidence supporting the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness practice and many health professionals are increasingly incorporating such techniques into their clinical repertoire. Probably the best known and evaluated mindfulness-based treatment is the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) that is used in many clinical settings in the US, Canada and Europe.

Moreover, a body of research suggests that the facilitation of mindfulness has a positive impact on a variety of mental health symptoms, such as stress, anxiety, some personality disorders, chronic pain, and substance abuse.

However, mindfulness is easier said than done.

Intellectually, we all get that our fast paced lifestyle is causing a loss of focus on what’s truly important to us. Neuroscientists are saying that our infatuation with using ever present technology is actually causing our brains to become rewired into a state of ‘divided attention.’ The lure of technology is rewiring our brains in detrimental ways leading to weakened focus, shallower thinking, reduced creativity and forward thinking and a lowered ability to shut out irrelevant information – all decreasing our brain’s potential. Increased online time can also leave individuals feeling isolated, depressed, anxious and agitated. 

So, when we attempt meditation or mindfulness, our brains revolt. The brain has been fed with ‘faster, quicker, better, more’ and any attempts to relax the body and mind are viewed as a waste of time.

For example, statistics show more than one-third of smart phone users get online before getting out of bed, and adults are staring at screens for at least eight hours a day, spending more time connected than we spend on any other activity including sleeping.

So, when we attempt meditation or mindfulness, our brains revolt. The brain has been fed with ‘faster, quicker, better, more’ and any attempts to relax the body and mind are viewed as a waste of time.

Mindfulness helps reduce stress.

In a world where excess stress is cited as one of the life’s greatest health hazards, using mindfulness techniques are invaluable as a stress reduction measure: they make people more focused, take fewer sick days and become generally happier, calmer and more relaxed than prior to using some form of mindfulness. Some people say that mindfulness based practices are simple yet profound and create a solid foundation on which to build self worth, compassion and understanding.

Here is a short and fascinating video on mindfulness from TED Talks:

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For our members, I have created a short 15 minute (but very effective) mindfulness-based audio program: Please CLICK HERE for the link to download the mp3 file or listen below:

This audio file will give you a sample of our upcoming PsynchroMind Natural World audio series for stress management and shifting unwanted behavior.

So, what do you think of the concept of mindfulness? What’s your experience? Benefits? Your comments are always welcome.

By | 2017-09-06T13:59:35+00:00 February 27th, 2013|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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