The extent to which you care for your own needs will determine the state of your health
The concept of mindfulness has its roots in Eastern traditions and has been around for thousands of years. In more recent years, this ancient modality for self-healing has grown exponentially in popularity in the West.
A nationwide survey reveals that more and more, everyday people like you and me (nearly double the number of adults from 2002) are using this mind-body approach to boost their mental and physical health.
Self-awareness, and positive expectations are major contributors to a life of optimal health and wellness and are two of the best reasons why you should routinely practice mindfulness.
Mindfulness is pretty straightforward. It is the art of maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and the surrounding environment. You are deeply connected and fully attending to what’s happening to you at any given time.
While that might seem inconsequential, have you ever found yourself slipping into autopilot? For example, have you ever driven your car somewhere and arrived at your destination only to find that you don’t remember a thing about your journey? It’s pretty scary, huh?
Living in such a hyper-connected, overly stimulated society we tend to lose ourselves. It should come as no surprise that living in this detached state, you may routinely suffer from symptoms like chronic fatigue, overwhelming irritability, and intense nervousness caused by the maddening pace of life.
If you are among the growing number of people who could use guidance developing self-help techniques so that inevitable physical and mental pressures have less influence on your overall well-being, this is how mindfulness helps stress, and improves your level of self-awareness.
Evaluate situations before you react to them. Approach problems rationally and logically; focus your attention on solving the issue before you. Don’t allow unhealthy feelings such as fear, and anxiety flood your system and sap your strength.
Be sensitive to the needs of your physical body. When you are living every day in crisis mode, you are constantly activating the body’s stress response. More than likely, you don’t even realize how physically stressed and unbalanced you are until you make some time for peace and quiet.
Let mindfulness be your medicine. Having a greater sense of well-being reduces your stress response and contributes to a more satisfied life. Research confirms what many religious and philosophical traditions have claimed for years, we experience our greatest joy when we are present and attentive.
Changing dysfunctional habits is largely a matter of the mind—what mindfulness does to the brain will astound you. The positive ripple effects of a mindfulness practice will help keep your brain functioning at its best.
Because the conscious brain can only hold one thought at a time, your greatest weapon when dealing with stress will be your power to choose one thought over another. Train your brain to notice your habits—whether they are good or bad—so you have the freedom to choose your path.
Mindfulness has an inarguable impact your mental and physical health. For instance, consider some of your most common expressions: “He gives me a pain. It’s breaking my heart. This job makes me sick.” Your brain doesn’t know when you’re kidding; these random thoughts are viewed by the right brain as instructions.
Promotes compassion and connection to yourself and others. Studies show that mindfulness can help foster positive emotions, helping to provide resilience against negative experiences. Compassion and understanding are important skills and are advantageous in both your personal and professional life. There is evidence that the practice of mindfulness promotes empathy and a sense of; making us more likely to help those in need.
Circumvent the mental patterns that cause you anguish. Mindfulness has a clever way of healing from the inside out. Your brain responds to neuro-stimulation like muscles do to physical exercise; growing with use, withering away with inactivity. This holistic practice will help you quiet your mind long enough to stop the freight train of negative thoughts, judgements, and what if’s.
Thanks to media exposure, the complimentary health approach of mindfulness is no longer a hidden art destined to be practiced only by monks in monasteries or gurus in ashrams. As mindfulness becomes more mainstream, people all over the world will continue to practice this ancient modality and reap its life enhancing benefits.
You have been introduced to two of the best reasons why you should routinely practice mindfulness but there are many more reasons to want your mind and body to communicate. Discover the benefits for yourself; incorporate this holistic method of healing into your life today.
I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582
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