Mindfulness and Meditation are popular because they help people manage stress, pain, difficult emotions, and life's challenges - big and small.
The benefits are supported by neuroscience. Meditation can physically change the brain and help people develop the ability to be less reactive, more present, and able to appreciate each moment.
We can cultivate ease and calm in everyday living.
Simply, mindfulness is paying attention; it teaches us to pause. When we learn to pay attention to what is happening in our bodies, minds, and hearts we can respond to the world around us rather than be reactive or impulsive.
Through mindfulness practice we build our capacity to accept the uncertainties and unpredictability of life. Even in the face of life's challenges we have an inner resource of stillness.
We can support our health with new habits.
Mindfulness can be used to support the treatment of health concerns including and related to depression, anxiety, addiction, and poor sleep. Studies have shown mindfulness positively impacts health in these ways:
Attention, Focus, Sleep, Managing Stress, Compassion, Concentration, Self-Awareness, Managing Pain
Anxiety, Stress, Worry, Pain, Impulsivity, Stress Hormones, High Blood Pressure, Inflammation
We can learn to become more adaptable.
Ever yelled at a driver when they cut you off in traffic?
Do you get "stuck" thinking about what did or will happen?
Have you regretted something you said or did?
We are thinking, feeling beings. When we are confronted with intense emotions like fear, anxiety, stress, or anger - or even love, attraction, or excitement - we sometimes react impulsively, instinctively, and/or irrationally. Mindfulness trains us to pause before acting which allows us to move forward more thoughtfully.
We can improve achievement and performance.
Mindfulness and meditation encourage the development of focus and concentration which are essential skills for learning. Studies show that achievement and performance are improved for students who meditate.
We can understand how our brains, bodies, and hearts work together.
Mindfulness practices have been shown to have an impact on the brain as well as behavior. The prefrontal cortex, amygdala and hippocampus work together in helping us to learn and grow. Things like stress, fear, or trauma can interfere with our success.
Mindfulness can help to ease the biological reactions and find new ways to interact in the world. Bringing mindfulness to what we are thinking, feeling, and sensing helps us respond to the automatic, biological responses that are programmed in our brains.
We can enrich our connections and relationships with others.
Mindfulness develops qualities that encourage supportive relationships with others as well as self-compassion. Empathy, kindness, gratitude, and lovingkindness highlight the essential elements of healthy relationships, a positive outlook, and wisdom.
People of all ages are engaged in a wide variety of relationships in many settings. Connecting with others is important throughout our lifespan.
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