23 Jul What is mindfulness meditation and why it’s good for you?
Most of us are familiar with the basic concept of meditation and its ability to keep us grounded, but Mindfulness Meditation takes this concept one step further focusing on to be fully conscious in the moment.
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing in a state where we’re not overly reactive or overwhelmed by our surroundings or what’s happening around us.
Though this is a basic human concept that all of us posses within, channeling it and being able to open yourself up to its capabilities can be more difficult than you might think. With regular practice and putting ourselves into this mindset, it makes us more aware of what’s happening to us and what we have the ability to directly experience through our enlightened senses.
Why practice mindfulness meditation?
Well studies have show that when we teach our brains to be mindful we are actually restructuring the physical properties of our brains, John Kabat-Zinn the creator of the Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction Program believes that mindfulness lights up parts of our brains that aren’t normally activated when we’re mindlessly running on autopilot.
Who can or should practice mindfulness?
Literally, anybody can, and we should all try to make the conscious effort to do so because there are no limitations or constrictions involved, you just need the willingness and time. We all have the capacity to better ourselves by making ourselves more in tune with our conscious state.
How to start practicing mindfulness meditation
You can start anytime, anywhere and it doesn’t matter how old you are or anything else really for that matter, to be mindfulness we need only to be aware in the moment of what is happening and to take the time that is needed to achieve a state of meditation that will ultimately impact our wellbeing for the better. It’s available to all of us every moment of the day, we need only to actively pursue it.
The basic principles:
Set aside time every day or whenever possible
It can be done at any place or time of the day; you just need to decide when and find a comfortable place.
Pay attention to the moment as it is
The present is your focus in the state that it is, without impact you need to be alert to what is currently happening and focus on your breathing. Relax your body and soften your gaze, keeping aware of what you’re doing with the placement of your arms and legs to whatever feels most natural.
In a state of mindfulness creeping thoughts of judgment can arise, you need to forget these and let them pass you by
Stay in the present
It’s only natural that our minds may wonder, the importance is to understand that it’s happening and bring you back to the present moment in time. This is where you need to keep returning to in order to be mindful.
The benefits of mindfulness meditation
There’s a lot of science driven research and studies to support the claims this type of meditation can have some of which include:
- Enhancing your understanding of personal mental and physical pain
- Developing better relationship and the ability to connect to others
- Reducing Stress
- Focus the mind and bringing alertness
- Decluttering our brains
There’s no time like the present, so it’s never too late to make a conscious effort to improve the quality of your life and overall wellbeing, mindfulness meditation could very well be the way to do that, so why not try it and see the impact it could have on your day to day life.
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