What is mindfulness?
For those who aren’t familiar yet, mindfulness means maintaining awareness of our thoughts, bodily sensations, feelings and surrounding environment through a gentle nurtutring point of view. It is the practice of paying attention to our present thoughts and feelings and accepting them without any judgment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Practicing Mindfulness can be traced back for over thousands of years. It is seen from Hinduism, which is one of the oldest religions in the world, Buddhism, yoga and to non-religious meditation recently.
Mindfulness exercise benefits
There are much more benefits of practicing mindfulness but here are some of them below:
It helps improve well-being. It supports traits and perspectives contribute to a satisfied life. It helps prevent regrets over the past or being caught up on the worries of the future which helps to improve self-esteem and relationships with others.
It helps improve mental health. As you free yourself from constant worry and fear from uncertainties and many others, it overall helps improve your mental health. Depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, or even couples’ conflicts were seen to have improved when psychotherapist tried mindfulness meditation as one of the treatments.
It helps improve physical health. Stress is one of the reasons people feel weak or even get sick. It can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, treat heart disease, improve sleep, and reduce migraine and many more.
Mindfulness exercise examples
There are many simple ways to practice mindfulness as some are as simple as paying attention, living in the moment, accepting yourself up to body scan meditation, sitting meditation, focused breathing, walking meditations and many more.
Well, we can write countless of things mindfulness can help you but experiencing it personally is really different as its amazing effects can vary from person to person.
If you would like to know more about mindfulness and is interested in practicing it, we have Mindfulness classes available here in Namaste Life Center. Check out our calendar to see our mindfulness practice schedules with Rev. Cynthia.