This is definitely a bzzusy busy world, isn’t it? Multi-tasking has become the order of the day wherein you are caught between doing things always and do not have some ME time at all. As a result you are longing to have some mental peace and get out of your emotional upheavals. There is a whole lot of planning that goes on for the day, for the kids and for the weekend. Amidst all this confusion there is every chance that you are losing out your connect with the present…totally missing out on your feelings and the things you love to do most.
Mindfulness therefore has to be brought into your routine.
What is it all about?
It is a practice of purposefully focusing all your attention on the current and present moment.
It is found to bring about a lot of change in the way you can perceive your life and feel good about it. This is found to be the key ingredient in happiness. After all, why are we battling it all out? We want to lead a happy life, don’t we? And what is the use at all when you are not able to feel happy and satisfied with your life!
Ancient roots in Buddhism
Mindfulness has its origins in Buddhism. Not confined to that religion alone, we have some form of prayers or meditation techniques that help people shift their focus from their daily preoccupations, detach themselves and get some effective time for themselves.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center brought Mindfulness Meditation to the fore…into mainstream medicine. He showed that when people practiced mindful meditation, it can bring about a whole lot of improvement in their well being…whether it is physical or mental.
Mindful Meditation Betters Physical Health
Many people would think why mindful meditation for me? Well, when it can ensue a slew of benefits, why not! There is a lot of improvement in the physical health of a person. Mindful meditation can:
- Improve the quality of sleep
- Mitigate chronic pains
- Help relieve stress
- Lower hypertension
- Reduce gastrointestinal problems
Mindful Meditation Betters Mental Health
Modern applications of mindful meditation have turned out be an important part of the treatment process for numerous psychotherapists. It is found to better conditions like
- Couples’ conflicts
- Eating disorders
- Substance abuse
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Reduce anxiety
- And most importantly depression
Improved well being…the Overall result
Mindful meditation has proved to contribute greatly towards an individual leading a more satisfied life. One is able to savour the pleasures that life is offering them. It has given them the scope to get involved in the activities they are doing, rather than work like an automaton. It also has helped people tackle adverse situations with greater calm and composure.
Mindfulness is focusing on now and here. Practice in this area helps people resolve a lot of issues that they were bogged down with. There are lesser worries about future and fewer regrets about the past and a resultant person feeling better about his or her own self.
I have completed 30 years of teaching and research in psychology at the Department of Psychology and Parapsychology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India.