Mindfulness practice is being employed in psychology to alleviate a variety of mental and physical conditions, including anxiety, prevention of relapse in depression and drug addiction.
Definition: “Mindfulness means not only moment to moment awareness of present events but also remembering to be aware of something or to do something at a designated time in the future."
It is the experience of everything that goes on around you without thoughts about value or worth. Mindfulness is the practice of becoming more fully aware of the present moment not judgmentally and completely rather than dwelling in the past or projecting in the future. It generally involves a heightened awareness of sensory stimuli; means noticing your breathing, feeling the sensation of your body etc and being in the now.
Benefits of Mindfulness:
The present is the only real moment we have and infact our life may actually depend on it. Among many benefits, mindfulness meditations have actually been proven to increase telomeracse, the caps at the end of our genes, which can reduce cell damage and lengthen our lives.
Mindfulness blaster our immune system making us better able to fight off diseases from flu to cancer. Mindfulness is an incredible tool to help people understand tolerate and deal with their emotions in healthy way.
Everyday Mindfulness Exercise for Stress Relief:
Mindfulness exercises are as follows
Meditation means find a comfortable place free of distraction and quiet your mind:
- Deep breathing
- Listening to music
- Cleaning house
- Observing your thoughts
- Conscious observation
Mindfulness of Emotions:
- Acknowledge and label the feeling
- Observe your breath
- When thoughts come up label them and let them go
- Allow your awareness
Let yourself know and label your emotions in the context of your breath your body and in the sense of what surrounds you.
Stay with this practice until the original emotion begins to subside as waves do.