How Mindfulness Might Benefit You – How to Reconcile Awareness with Overloa

“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 progress 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

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
 intuition
 self-insight
 morality

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.  I’ve attached some additional reading from the US Department of Health and Human Services.  It shows research on different conditions that’s been conducted and the results.  If you have something like pain management, ulcerative colitis, fibromyalgia, or Multiple Sclerosis, I highly recommend clicking on the link and taking a peek at the research.  It’s pretty easy to read and understand.

So…what are we waiting for?  Not too many pills that can offer a list like this https://nccih.nih.gov/health/meditation/overview.htm

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