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Mindfulness

MINDFULNESS



BY APAGE



WHAT IS MINDFULNESS MEDITATION?

LIVING IN THE MOMENT



MINDFULNESS BEGAN AS A BUDDHIST TRADITION.



MINDFULNESS MEDITATION IS NOW RECOGNIZED BY PSYCHOTHERAPISTS AS A FORM OF COGNITIVE THERAPY.



IT'S A SEATED MEDITATION TECHNIQUE THAT FOCUSES ATTENTION ON BREATHING, BODILY SENSATIONS AND MENTAL RELAXATION.



WHAT MAKES MINDFULNESS UNIQUE FROM OTHER FORMS OF MEDITATION IS THAT THE PRIMARY FOCUS IS ON ONE'S CURRENT PHYSICAL STATE.



HOW IT WORKS: THE SCIENCE OF MEDITATION



MINDFULNESS INVOLVES SIX NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL PROCESSES THAT LEAD TO A PERSON'S MEDITATIVE STATE OF SELF-AWARENESS.



NON-ATTACHMENT & DECENTERING (LETTING FO OF THE EGO)

INTENTION & MOTIVATION (TO ACHIEVE MINDFULNESS)

ATTENTION REGULATION

EXTINCTION & RECONSOLIDATION (CHANGING BEHAVIORS OR ATTITUDES)

EMOTION REGULATION

PRO-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR (A SENSE OF EMPATHY FOR OTHERS)



THE MENTAL BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS

MINDFULNESS INCREASES BRAIN GYRIFICATION(FOLDING OF BRAIN TISSUE), WHICH ALLOWS THE BRAIN TO PROCESS INFORMATION MORE EFFICIENTLY - PROVIDING A BETTER GRASP ON LIFE'S STRESSORS.



FIGHTS PTSD

IMPROVES ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

HELPS REGULATE EMOTIONS

FIGHTS DEPRESSION

FIGHTS ANXIETY

FIGHTS MEMORY LOSS



THE PHYSICAL BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS

IN ADDITION TO REDUCING STRESS AND BOOSTING RELAXATION, RESEARCH SUGGESTS MINDFULNESS CAN LOWER STRESS-0INDUCING INFLAMMATION, WHICH CONTRIBUTES TO MANY PHYSICAL AILMENTS.



REDUCES RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

REDUCES HEART DISEASE RISK

HELPS IRRITABLE BOWEL DISEASE

FIGHTS CHRONIC PAIN

SLOWS HIV PROGRESSION

AIDS IN WEIGHT LOSS

LESSENS COLD & FLU EFFECTS

IMPROVES SLEEP

Mindfulness

shared by HealthCentral on May 14, 2013 in Lifestyle

Mindfulness

shared by HealthCentral on May 14, 2013 in Lifestyle

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Research continues to emerge linking mindfulness based meditation to better physical and mental health. Here are the many reasons you should start living in the moment.
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