Mindful Meditation as a recreational activity supports the quality of life for everyday people, including you, retirement community members, and healthcare patients.
Meditation can ease anxiety, loneliness & depression by teaching students how to cultivate deeper breathing patterns which gives rise to a calmer mind and balanced emotional state.
Meditation can stimulate the nervous system’s 'relaxation response', which magnifies the body’s ability to heal itself while boosting one's immunity.
Mindfulness in everyday life is the practice of consciously placing one’s attention in the present moment by observing what takes place in the ‘now’. This includes all that arises in one’s mind and every feeling that occurs in one’s body or emotions. The most important part of Mindfulness is the practice of observing what abides without passing judgment on it.
Mindful Meditation is the practice of sitting in stillness and observing the fluctuation of one’s thoughts without adding an opinion of what abides. For example, if you sit in Mindful Meditation and discover a plethora of thoughts running through your mind, the practice is to observe the thoughts without reacting to them, or judging them as good or bad. The observer simply plays a witness to internal thoughts, physical sensations, external sounds, or the breath moving in and out of the nose.
It is possible for one to experience feelings of calm and well-being by developing the ability to pay attention to what thoughts contribute to their wellness, and what thoughts do not. Over time the student recognizes the comfort that comes from entertaining ‘right thinking’.
Benefits of Mindful Meditation
Mindfulness improves well-being
• Being mindful makes it easier to savor the pleasures in life as they occur,
helps you become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity
to deal with adverse events.
• By focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness
find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or
regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success
and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others.
Mindfulness improves physical health
If greater well-being isn’t enough of an incentive, scientists have discovered the benefits of mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in a number of ways.
• help relieve stress
• treat heart disease
• lower blood pressure
• reduce chronic pain
• improve sleep
• alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties
Mindfulness improves mental health. In recent years, psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including:
• substance abuse
• eating disorders
• couples’ conflicts
• anxiety disorders
• obsessive-compulsive disorder
Some experts believe that mindfulness works, in part, by helping people to accept their experiences—including painful emotions—rather than react to them with aversion and avoidance.
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