The positive effects of Mindfulness in reducing the symptoms of anxiety is increasingly borne out and validated by science. Combining ancient Buddhist wisdom and current scientific thinking, Mindfulness offers concrete practices to relieve stress and cultivate joy.
When our thoughts are elsewhere, not in the present, this can be termed mindlessness and can define how some of us live our lives, trying to get through things quickly to get to the exciting stuff. When we start to look at what is happening in our minds, we see that we are trying to do away with this present moment in the pursuit of some future moment which we think holds greater pleasure. This is a tendency of the untrained mind, living in the future or even the past, instead of focusing on the moment. We are also hardwired to compare ourselves to others, as a way of enhancing our self-esteem.
Mindfulness practice can help you to see and accept things as they currently are as opposed to trying to change them or rush through them. It helps you to reduce your preoccupation with yourself and enables you to understand that another person's behaviour is often not about you. And while Mindfulness does not promote the acceptance of intolerable behaviour, it allows you a space to choose your response as opposed to reacting from your habitual thought programs.
Based on published studies, Mindfulness has been found to be effective in reducing levels of stress. One study recently published in the field of neuroscience determined that after eight weeks of Mindfulness practice there were significant increases in grey-matter concentration in brain regions involved in learning and memory processes, emotion regulation, self-referential processing and perspective-taking. It is due to this research that the NHS now recognize it as a field of psychotherapy alongside counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy.
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