Mindfulness meditation is an approach to well-being that involves both the mind and the body. Mindfulness meditation is an ancient Buddhist practice which has as much use and relevance today as it did at its creation.
In this practice you take notice of your thoughts and feelings, bodily sensations, and the world around you – from the food you eat and the way you eat it, to the way you walk. This may all seem too trivial at first, however, when you pay attention, it interrupts the “autopilot” state you often engage in on a day to day basis. And this is what gives you a new and fresh perspective on life.
Offering insight into your emotions, this practice increases your level of concentration and attention. It is proven to help with anxiety, depression, and stress on all levels, bringing on positive benefits for physical problems like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain. This mind-body approach to well-being can help you change the way you think about your experiences – reducing stress and anxiety. Continued practice will help you manifest increased awareness, clarity, acceptance, and enjoyment of your present-moment reality.
Kabat–Zinn has defined mindfulness meditation as “the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally”. By focusing on the breath, the idea is to bring awareness to the body and mind as it is moment to moment, and so help with pain, both physical and emotional.
Not only can mindfulness meditation help reduce negative aspects of yourself but it can also improve good traits, such as memory. And, mindfulness meditation does not conflict with any beliefs or traditions whether they are religious, cultural or scientific.
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