17 October 2020

The Importance of Mindfulness ~ William Brown ~ 2 January 2019

I'm fully aware this isn't new to any of you, but I'm posting it because of the recent article that I shared (Don't Listen to Your Lizard Brain) which has allowed me to see the relationship between Mindfulness and the reptilian/mammalian parts of our brain, where the NOW moment disengages from the former and allows the mammalian parts to take over.

Source: Resonance Science Foundation

Studies suggest that mindfulness practices may help people manage stress, cope better with serious illness and reduce anxiety and depression. Many people who practice mindfulness report an increased ability to relax, a greater enthusiasm for life and improved self-esteem.

Meditation, or mindfulness practices, have become a well-accepted way within conventional medicine to maintain mental and physical health. In a medical establishment that generally relies on drugs to combat health problems new insights into the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness have now been gleamed from many scientific studies.

Studies funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the United States have found links between mindfulness meditation and measurable changes in the brain regions involved in memory, learning and emotion, as well that mindfulness practices may reduce anxiety and hostility among urban youth and lead to reduced stress, fewer fights and better relationships.

Mindfulness practice is not something that is done for 15 minutes each day—rather, it is a technique that is practiced throughout the day, during even the most seemingly trivial activities. Mindfulness as a practice is simply bringing one’s attention to the present moment and watching how one’s mind—your emotions and thoughts—responds to each situation.

By being mindful of one’s state, patterns of negative responses that lead to unhealthy behavior can be recognized and brought into full cognizance. With this kind of awareness, how to respond to a situation becomes a choice, and not reflex.

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