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About mindfulness

"Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor" (Thich Nhat Hanh)

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness involves being able to direct your attention to present moment experiences as they unfold, moment by moment. It’s a technique to heighten attention and positive emotions through awareness of thoughts, external stimuli, or bodily sensations such as the breath. Practicing mindfulness makes you feel calmer and more present in your life, it boosts both your psychological and physical wellbeing.

Why is it good for you?

Practicing mindfulness meditation improves your body-mind connection, making you better able to regulate attention, stress-levels, emotions and behaviours. Research shows that mindfulness:

  • Increases activity in a number of brain regions, including those involved in learning and memory processes, emotion regulation and perspective taking
  • Improves psychological conditions such as stress, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, depression, ADHD, addictions and insomnia
  • Improves psychological functions of attention, compassion and empathy
  • Improves social relationships 
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Improves medical conditions including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, asthma and chronic pain
  • Helps people manage their food intace and eat more healthily

LINKS

What is Mindfulness? by Diana Wilson (YouTube Video)

Mindfulness & Stress by Mark Williams (YouTube video)

Mindfulness & Physical Pain BBC (Video)

Mindfulness & Self-Esteem by Kristin Neff (YouTube Video)

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness by Richard Davidson (YouTube Video)