“The PAST already happened and has no back, the FUTURE never comes because when it arrives it is already PRESENT; the only real reality is the present, that moment full, just real, in which the mind, body and spirit are out of sync. This is the perfect time simply because it is the one that is. The back time and time again, consciously and friendly to that space of openness and intimacy with our present moment is the invitation that makes us the practice of Mindfulness”
Mindfulness or the “Meditation of mindfulness” is a concept that comes from the buddhist tradition, dating back to 2500 years old and already takes a few years to be introduced to the western culture.
why Mindfulness is the Meditation of our days?
Without a doubt, this ancient technique has found its place in our society due to the need to reduce stress and cope with the hectic pace that living in the western world. It is proven that meditation allows the person to control breathing to restore calm and clarity in times of high stress. Mindfulness helps to “calm the mind to see with clarity”
This technique is applied as in medical environments, educational and employment, for example in the latter, the technique of Mindfulness is done in many companies, in order to get a better emotional and mental state in their workers, which positively impacts the productive capacity and creativity of the employees, in addition to this, helps to achieve a reduction of stress, absenteeism and conflicts in the work environment.
what is meditation Mindfulness?
The practice of Mindfulness is related to the ability of being present and aware in each moment of our life. Embrace the present and its circumstances without making judgments about what we are feeling and perceiving it in that moment and accept it with love.
The experience of Mindfulness consisting in simplify the moment to the fullest. To do this you must reduce the external stimuli to the point of “simply be” in a situation where “nothing happens” in particular. When you get to this state is when you’re naked, just with your own mind, and in this way you can listen, feel and observe how you can build the world from your inside. You look at how all the reality that you’ve built disappears, it is a construction of your mind. When you get away all these external elements, you are left with nothing more to do than pay attention to your breathing and your present, that is to say, that is simply real.
What benefits does the practice of Mindfulness?
In the last few decades there have been various scientific studies that support the benefits exerted on the person that usually done by the technique of Mindfulness, among them we highlight 5:
- Improved immune response to disease.
- Active areas of the brain associated with positive emotions. This translates into people with less chance of presenting depressive states.
- Promotes the development and functioning of the pre-front cortex, related to the regulation of emotions and attention. According to a study by neuroscientist Sara Lazar correlation exists between the meditation of mindfulness or Mindfulness, and an increase in the thickness of the pre-front cortex.
- Protects the DNA against the damage caused by age. A pioneering study conducted by Elizabeth Blackburn, explored the effects of Mindfulness in an enzyme in the body called telomerase, which protects DNA from the effects of the passage of the years and the stress. Indeed, the level of telomerase was increased in the group of meditators to a regular basis.
- Improves mental health. A study revealed that meditation-Mindfulness can reduce the rate of relapse of depression in up to 44% in people who had suffered earlier episodes. This effect was comparable to taking a maintenance dose of antidepressants.
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