What is Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a set of practices that increase happiness and enhance general wellbeing. As a practice, mindfulness is the purposeful directing of attention to the present moment, and observing thoughts, one's own body, or events non-judgmentally. It has positive, long-lasting effects on mood, so prevents depression, anxiety and irritability. Mindfulness also improves memory, increases creativity and generally, increases brain power. But it's not all about the mind, mindfulness benefits the body as well, strengthening the immune system, increasing physical stamina, and alleviating pain. Not only that, but mindfulness is said to slow down the aging process, working at a cellular level by improving chromosomal health. Cool huh?
So, what are mindfulness practices? Mindfulness can be developed through several practices, including meditation, yoga, body scans, breath work, mindful eating and mindful listening, to name a few. However, the core practice of mindfulness is meditation. Meditation is simply a method of mental training. It is a practice that is both simply and hard. It takes time, patience and perseverance. However, the benefits are well worth it - that's if you want to be healthier, happier and live longer.
Article posted 8 September 2015