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The power of the human mind is truly amazing. No matter who you are, where you are, whether you are young or old, and regardless where you live on the planet, or your standard of living, when you change your mind you can change your life.
Meditation is no longer something that can be thought of as “that thing that Hindu and Buddhist monks do.” Harvard Medical School. as well as many other educational institutions are adding mindfulness to the curriculum. What research says about meditation is actually pretty astounding.
First, it allows better control of one’s thinking when not in a meditative state. This control allows focus, concentration, and better memory. In fact, students who meditate do better on tests, and adults who meditate have better memories. Meditation increases gray matter in areas of the brain that control learning and memory.
Meditation increases gray matter in areas of the brain that control learning and memory. Senior citizens who meditate keep more gray matter than those who do not. For students with behavior problems in school, meditation has been shown to improve behavior and school attendance because it reduces stress and anxiety. It would appear that meditation is a great thing for all ages.
One of the most powerful forms of a directed, focused thinking process is called Mindfulness.
By becoming mindful of your surroundings, and what is going on in you; right now and in your life, you don’t worry about the past or future. This calms your mind, gives nearly instant stress-relief, and improves your mental focus.
Mindfulness as a meditative practice can be summed up as “paying attention on purpose” to the present moment. An intentionally mindful attitude, meditating and focusing on your current experience, has been shown to reduce stress and improve cardiovascular health. In can even bolster your immune system and deliver other physical rewards as well as mental benefit.
Worldwide research proves how meditation is successful in creating spiritual, physical, emotional and mental health on such a consistent basis, for both women and men, young and old alike.
Includes Mindfulness Practice; Helps reshape your relationship with mental and physical pain. Helps attention and connection, for example, ever find yourself staring at someone with no idea what they’re saying because you are not paying attention? Helps reduce stress. Helps decrease negative self talk. Helps focus your mind from strays off what we’re doing.
The word mindful, like a lot of English words, was created by combining two words. “Mind” and “full” combine to create a word which could literally be interpreted as having a “full mind”. If you have recently taken in any information about mindfulness and how it can deliver so many wonderful mental and physical benefits, you may be thinking, “My mind is already jammed full!”
And in truth, the hectic, information overload experience that makes up most people’s daily routine probably does have your mind working in overdrive just to keep pace. Your brain probably really is full. But is it full of the right things? Mindfulness is usually thought of as “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.” Oxford Dictionaries defines mindfulness as…
“A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”
When you are intentionally mindful, you are being honest about your present moment and situation. Your mind is full, but it is filled with understanding your present situation, environment, and feelings, and using this knowledge to achieve mental and physical benefits.
This is a nonjudgmental accepting of your emotions, sensations and ideas in “the present moment”.
- Mindfulness of the emotions
- Being mindful of your body
- Practicing mindfulness in your mind
- Being mindful of the objects in your mind
These four awarenesses let the painful feelings lodged in your body to leave thus allowing you to create your painfree life.
What you’re directly experiencing by your senses, or to your state of mind with thoughts and emotions is the present moment and mindfulness focuses in that.
This allows you to get into touch with distracting feelings and thoughts. When you are mindful, you do not ignore feelings or realities. You accept them as they are, noticing their presence in the present moment. Mindfulness meditation makes you aware of distracting and negative thoughts, feelings and environments with detached vision.
You are able to gain insight on those things in your life that could be hampering progress. The most exciting finding from all the research shows that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.
Mindfulness is not a religion. It is simply a form of mental training that has been proven in countless scientific trials to help people cope with pain, illness, anxiety, stress, depression, irritability and exhaustion.
- Meditation will not trick you into passivity or resign you to your fate. On the contrary, mindfulness boosts mental and physical resilience.
- Meditation will not seduce you into adopting a fake ‘positive’ attitude to life. It simply creates a form of mental clarity that helps you to enjoy life and achieve your goals.
- Meditation does not take a lot of time. In fact, many people find that it liberates more time than it consumes because they spend far less time having to cope with chronic pain, illness and stress.
- Meditation is not difficult or complicated, although it does require some effort and persistence. You can meditate on more or less anything. You can also do it virtually anywhere – on buses, trains, aircraft or even in the busiest office.
In mindfulness, you must intentionally focus time during your day to practice this powerful healing technique. You can’t simply hope you will have some time for meditation today, next week or this month. You must plan it.
Look at your typical day incorporating time for mindfulness for pain reduction and better health.
Focus on regularly scheduled activities which deliver the most stress or negative feelings. Schedule meditation and mindful thinking immediately before or after these periods of time.
Mindful meditation at the start and the end of your day gives you a positive start each morning, and develops a healthy sleep pattern at night.
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