Mindfulness meditation is increasingly included in the treatment of both physical and mental health conditions and it’s frequently mentioned in the news media, on the Internet and in health news circles.
Mindfulness meditation is the practice of purposefully focusing our attention on the awareness of the present moment as it relates to our thoughts, feelings, sensations in our body and our sense of the environment around us. This practice is rooted in eastern meditation practices. However, today this secular practice has been introduced all over the world showing scientific evidence of its benefits.
Mindfulness meditation engages the brain, we might think of it as a form of exercise for the brain, just as physical exercise keeps our body fit and healthy, mindfulness meditation keeps our brain fit. Research has shown that just five to 15 minutes of daily meditation is all we need to begin to experience benefits.
We can use Mindfulness as a supportive strategy to help manage many mental health issues. It pairs well with medical treatments and counseling. Communities are increasingly providing retreats, meditation centers and classes on mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness increases and supports:
- Positive emotions
- Emotion regulation
- Empathy and understanding for others
- Positive relationships
- Positive parenting
- Ability to focus and attend
- Immune response
- Cognitive flexibility
- Anger and hostility
- Symptoms of post-traumatic stress
- Physical and emotional pain
- Emotional reactivity
- Addictive behaviors
- Negative effects of stress
- Use of and need for pain medications
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