Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention to the present moment and, non-judgmentally, to the unfolding of experiences moment-by-moment. Mindfulness was adapted from Buddhism in the 1970s and is now a scientifically validated practice for supporting brain function and mental health.
Mindfulness is paying attention with kindness.
Goals of mindfulness:
1. To have an increased awareness of the present moment
2. To be more accepting of whatever state the body or mind is in at the present moment.
Meditation is a practice for resting the mind and moving into a state of consciousness different from our everyday waking state. In mindfulness meditation we use an anchor of our breath, body, or senses to train our mind to focus in the present moment.
Meditation is the weights session, mindfulness is the strength we experience in everyday life.
Scientifically Validated Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation
- Increases immune function
- Decreases Pain
- Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level
- Increases Positive Emotion
- Decreases Depression
- Decreases Anxiety
- Decreases Stress
- Increases social connection and emotional intelligence
- Makes you more compassionate
- Makes you feel less lonely
- Improves your ability to regulate your emotions
- Improves your ability to introspect
- Increases grey matter
- Increases volume in areas related to emotion regulation, positive emotions and self-control
- Increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention
- Increases your focus and attention
- Improves your ability to multitask
- Improves your memory
- Improves your ability to be creative and innovative