Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation. The most common form of meditation, of which everyone is aware of, is concentrating on your breathing and paying close attention to the way nature has miraculously shaped everything systematically; the practice of purposefully focusing your attention on the moment at hand and trying to connect to your inner self without judgment.
This concentration span is established by continuously repeating a specific phrase or closely focusing on the sensation of breathing, allowing the free flow of thoughts to enter and leave without allowing anxiety to develop. This parade of thoughts will help you skim over your cognitive responses, which will eventually make you realize that it is not incumbent upon you to react to each and every thought of yours. This multitude of thoughts may include both, which are meaningful and deserve attention and others which are simply mundane and not worth fretting over.
When the conveyor belt of thoughts gets uncontrollable it can lead to acute anxiety and depression and might adversely affect the productivity of an individual. Thoughts will invade your mind seemingly coming from thin air and then bursting like a soap bubble as if they never existed. This leads to the insightful understanding that thoughts and feelings are transitory and change with every passing moment and it is in your jurisdiction whether to react to them or not.
Mindfulness is like a muscle- if it is not exercised, used to being subjected to pressure and withstanding it, it tends to weaken or sag. The various external and internal pressures test your limits and broaden your horizons and help your mindfulness to expand. It tones and strengthens the mind. The more challenges that life brings your way the more first-hand experience you get and the stronger you emerge.
Mindfulness improves physical health
Greater confidence is placed in claims which are backed by scientific evidence. Though emotional well-being is incentive enough; mindfulness is believed to:
- Help relieve stress
- Reduces aging at the cellular level by promoting chromosomal health
- Improves control of blood sugar in type II diabetes
- Improves heart and cardiovascular health
- Reduces the risk of heart diseases
- Improves sleep
- Alleviates gastrointestinal difficulties
Mindfulness improves well-being:
- Increasing your capacity for mindfulness, develops a positive attitude in you that contributes to a more fulfilling and satisfying life.
- Being mindful helps you to truly appreciate things which add meaning to your life and you learn to cherish life’s accomplishments and achievements. And boldly face anything that life brings your way, emerging out as a stronger and refined personality.
- You are better able to interact interpersonally as there is no conflict between your heart and mind. Your mind is not unnecessarily preoccupied with regrets about the past or worries about the future. Neither do concerns about success and self-esteem bother you.
Mindfulness Improves Mental Health
Psychotherapists also use mindful meditation as an important tool to treat many problems including:
- substance abuse
- eating disorders
- couples’ conflicts
- anxiety disorders
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
Other benefits include:
- Decreased irritability with regular sessions of meditation
- Improved memory, creativity and attention span
- Mental stamina increases
As you meditate, your brain gets rid of all the negative vibes and thoughts. You feel less burdened by mental chatter and nagging emotions seem to fade away. Feelings of stress and anxiety take low ebb.
The inner calmness and composure, gives relief to the brain and heart, leading to a more positive outlook on life, increased intelligence and enhanced creativity. Peace of mind helps you to sleep more soundly at night. Consistent and concerted efforts in this direction will ultimately lead to these positive effects being a permanent and established part of your life.
Learning to challenge your negative thoughts and connecting to your spirituality plays a vital role in reducing stress. Meditation helps you to dissolve your inner voice. It allows you to be more mindful of your breath and yourself, allowing yourself to love you more. Meditate every single day for maximum benefit, even if it is for two minutes at a time. Meditation is a transformative process that is felt rather that spoken about.
People who are unable to take control of their thoughts ultimately end up being governed by their thoughts. Pessimistic thoughts can undermine your faith and confidence in yourself and just your pervasive thoughts can propel you into thinking negatively and to extreme, suicidal .Your body is unable to differentiate between real and imagined situations. Resultantly, your heart rate increases and your flight-or-fight response gets activated and you might be over thinking and perplexed over something that hasn’t even occurred yet.
When morbidity or stress seem to hover above you learn to see them as black clouds that will eventually drift apart. In quintessence, mindfulness keeps you away from negativity and pessimism and before these thoughts take control over you and make you fall into the abyss of dark thoughts, you are able to face them tactfully. And before you know it, you are back on track, in control of your own life.
James Smith is a passionate health and lifestyle blogger who loves to write about prevailing trends. He is a featured author at various authoritative blogs in the health and fitness industry and currently working for 123Homecares, providing the best Home care services in the town.