Introduction to Mindfulness

 

Definition of mindfulness:

“The ability to consciously and intentionally allow yourself to be in the present moment with curiosity and without judgment.”

 

Mindfulness can help us become aware of what is happening moment by moment without controlling the experience but simply observing and dismissing when necessary. The more we practice bringing our attention to the present moment, we cultivate mindfulness, we develop real relationships, we adopt positive habits, we become more compassionate towards ourselves and others, and we tend to be less on “autopilot.”

 

Being on autopilot and not living in the present moment can affect us in many ways including:

  • Reduce our performance

  • Raise stress levels

  • Lead to premature aging

 

Thanks to MRI Technology, doctors can now see how mindfulness meditation can increase activity in the prefrontal cortex (planning, cognitive, decision-making), hippocampus (consolidates info), and the insula (regulates our emotions).

 

The results: brain power, emotional well-being, cardiac strength and more!

 

Some studies are even showing early signs of reducing the impact of aging on the brain!

 

Summary:

Mindfulness…

  • One of the oldest and most basic skills known to mankind

  • It ‘s re-learning how to be present in the moment

  • Reduces anxiety, anger, resentment, and/or self-doubt

  • Can teach us to appreciate our lives, instead of rushing through it

  • Is exercise for our brain

 

The results of mindfulness: brain power, emotional well-being, emotional balance and more!