Mindfulness has long been advocated by wise men and women as the way to live a happy, healthy and rich life. For many people in the West though, they are only hearing about it now for the first time. There has been an explosion of interest in mindfulness in the past 30 years due to an ever-growing body of research into its benefits. As more people try it, and more scientists study it, the positive reports continue to pour in.
Mindfulness has a well documented, vast array of benefits. Its positive and protective effects are proven to benefit us mentally, physically, emotionally and in our relationships with others and the world around us.
Thanks to research and exposure from the media, mindfulness is moving from the fringes into the mainstream.
Here are just some of the benefits being enjoyed now, by millions of mindfulness practitioners around the world!
The Benefits of Mindfulness
– Reduces rumination and worry
– Reduces stress
– Reduces depression (clinically proven to work as good as medication with no side effects!)
– Shown to prevent depression relapse
– Reduces lethargy and increases energy both mentally and physically
– Reduces anxiety
– Reduces destructive emotions (Mindfulness actually shrinks the pre-frontal cortex of the brain; this is the part of the brain responsible for so many destructive emotions like fear, unhappiness, and anger.)
– Reduces insomnia
– Is effective for pain management
– Increases sense of well-being
– Improves quality of life
– Boosts and sharpens memory
– Increases focus and attention
– Improves emotional intelligence
– Improves social intelligence
– Improves relationships
– Develops empathy and compassion
– Boosts leadership skills
– Improves disease resistance
– Improves overall physical health
– Improves efficiency
– Creates clearer, more focused thinking
– Improves confidence
– Improves resilience
– Reduces compulsive and addictive tendencies
– Is shown to be the main cause of happiness in life
How To Learn Mindfulness
It is recommended that you find a qualified teacher with which to learn and progress in mindfulness. Like any new skill that you learn, you will benefit greatly from your teacher’s experience and guidance.
Immersion learning has been proven to be the most beneficial way to start off learning this skill. This simply means you practice continuously for a short burst of time to begin with.
This could be either a week long retreat (or longer) or it could be that you practice, for a set amount of time, everyday for a month. With this kind of continuity of practice, you will quickly have your own direct experience of the benefits, and the sense of well-being and peace that mindfulness brings.
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