About Mindfulness Meditation and How to Cultivate Mindful Living
Mindfulness Meditation is the art and science of paying attention to this moment. In this moment regrets of the past have slipped away and anxiety about the future is not present. In this exact moment, you are whole, complete and safe.
Mindfulness is the English word that describes the Buddhist concept of awareness that is important on the path to enlightenment. The Buddha advocated that one should establish mindfulness in one’s day-to-day life maintaining as much as possible a calm awareness of one’s bodily functions, sensations and feelings, thoughts and perceptions, and consciousness itself. Mindfulness Meditation is this practice.
Although The Buddha may have popularized the concept; the idea of letting go of the past and releasing anxiety about the future, by paying attention to the security of this moment is found in both the Old and New testament, the Koran and in secular writings and literature dating back thousands of years.
Today we understand that the concept of Mindfulness can be practiced from either the framework of spiritual tradition or apart from spiritual tradition. Mindfulness meditation techniques have been adapted by medical professionals to help patients recover faster from surgery, manage emotions during difficult times and develop a sense of meaning and significance in even the most challenging situations.
What can the practice of Mindfulness Meditation Accomplish?
Those who practice Mindfulness Meditation (the most popular form of meditation in the United States) find that they develop an intuitive ability handle situations that previously used to baffle them. They develop an automatic response to problem solving that can be applied individually or with the family and broader community.
There has been a great deal of research into the outcomes of both religious meditation and secular forms of Mindfulness Meditation. Research in clinical setting has shown:
- Mindfulness practice improves the immune system
- Alters activation symmetries in the prefrontal cortex, a change previously associated with an increase in positive affect and a faster recovery from a negative experience.
- A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study demonstrated a correlation between mindfulness practice in couples and an enhanced relationship.
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs have decrease relapse into depressive episodes by over 30%
But these are just a few of the many studies that show the value of cultivating mindfulness. AS a reader of our webpage we want you to participate and share your experiences, and to develop personal satisfaction.
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