Mindfulness: the benefits

How Mindfulness Might Benefit You  How to Reconcile Awareness with Overload

Meet Sally, for many years she, like many of you, juggled a lot of balls.  Family, household, marital relationship, education, business, – and she loved it.  The more she did, the more accomplished she felt.

Then, she started getting migraines. The headaches didn’t just creep in but swooped and if you’ve ever had them before, you know, they can be disabling. Maybe for you, it’s something else, maybe neck pain or a tick. Stress and all the years of overload come back to haunt you and the things you thought made you who you were, start kicking you in the rear.

After trying to handle it on her own, she went to a neurologist, who at least has them under control.  He prescribed Vitamins and Minerals, medication and Neurotherapy. She is very appreciative to have it under control after 10 years, but the medication comes with its own set of problems, so she put into practice some of the things we, as Health Coaches encourage as lifestyle changes for our clients. That is; regular exercise and stress reduction, fewer electronics and more time outdoors.

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough.  Each moment is all we need, not more.” Mother Teresa

Mindfulness is an awareness of our feelings, thoughts, and experiences, without judgment.  I don’t know about you, I can be pretty aware, but judgment is a struggle for me.  So I am a work in process in my “mindful practice.”  Telling myself “that’s okay” is pretty standard for me.

Mindfulness is not exclusive to Eastern religions.  Everyone can practice mindfulness and grow spiritually.  Organised religion, Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism all practice it in prayer and philosophy; you don’t have to be a member of a specific religion to practice mindfulness.

The Benefits

Some Doctors are even prescribing mindfulness to alleviate symptoms causing physical repercussions.  Pain, anxiety, stress, and depression have been found to improve with the practice of mindfulness.

 Fewer symptoms of depression
 Reduction of stress
 Boosts memory
 increased focus
 less emotional reaction
 more cognitive flexibility (self-observation)
 satisfaction in relationships
 fear regulation

Mindfulness has been studied through empirical research and has been shown to enhance ALL function in the middle prefrontal lobe area of the brain.  Mindfulness has even been shown to have numerous medical benefits including immune function.

This is relatively new research and they’re still going back and forth over just how much is changed by mindfulness.  

So…what are we waiting for?  Not too many pills that can offer a list like this.  

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