What are the benefits of mindfulness? Let’s explore them…
Where is your mind right now? Is it focused on all the tasks you must complete by tomorrow? Is it focused on the mistakes of yesterday? If it’s not focused on the present moment, then you’re losing out. The reason the present tense is so important is that it’s the only thing in existence for the time being. The past is gone, and the future is not yet here, so the present is all we have to work with. It’s called being mindful.
Mindfulness is the ability to think about the present time, the here and now, without any ruminations of the past or present. It sounds easy enough, I’m sure, but if you’re wondering how mindful you are, it’s probably not enough.
Maybe you touch the outskirts of the present at times when things need immediate attention, but the present tense plays a smaller role in your life than you think. We spend way too much time in what was and what will be. It’s time to learn how to deal with what’s right in front of us, right now!
Becoming mindful and staying within the present time, may be difficult at first. Being able to clear the mind takes practice and many hours of regulating your breathing, using focal points and listening to calm-inducing sounds, like ambient music. To reach the pinnacle of your brain’s ability to slow down and “just be”, it will take repetition.
As you continue to practice this state of being, it will get easier to enter. This inner peace, which, I might add is extremely powerful, will flood into your entire entity, much easier than the times before. Each time will be smoother than the last. It’s about practice and it’s about completely clearing the mind from all clutter, whether it be future plans or past regrets. They all must go! And this letting go can be a spiritual experience as well.
Benefits of Mindfulness
The mindful experience is not just designed by nature to aid in spirituality, more so, it is a spiritual process in and of itself, utilized to produce numerous positive outcomes. When taking the time to quiet the mind, you can see all the benefits of mindfulness occur.
An Improvement in Creativity
You may already have a creative mind, but when meditation comes into the picture, your creativity can grow in leaps and bounds. Meditation allows convergent and divergent thinking to work together more smoothly as one process towards a goal. Being mindful can create stability in the creative process.
A reduction in anxiety
Incorporating mindfulness into therapy can be a smart choice for mental health physicians. Patients who suffer from anxiety can see a great reduction in anxiety symptoms, simply by quieting the mind. Not that this would always be an easy task to start, but after practice, mindfulness can prove more effective than medications.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy has adopted mindfulness as a way to treat patients with bipolar disorder and personality disorders. Mindfulness makes it easier to process emotions, and chaotic emotions are just what seems to be the biggest problem with these patients.
Improves overall focus
Just as mindful meditation helps with focus in the present, it can also prove effective for focusing on future tasks. It’s sort of like training for the mind, bringing priorities to the forefront and filtering out all unneeded thought processes.
In the Journal PLOS ONE, in 2008, a study showed that zen meditation revealed areas of the brain responsible for wandering thoughts. This helped understand how to use meditation training to quell the wandering thoughts – thinking about thinking of nothing, basically.
Mindfulness meditation not only helps improve your sense of self, and establish a true acceptance of your being, it also helps you to accept being alone. Even if you aren’t alone, you may suffer from loneliness, hidden behind a veneer of low self-esteem. When the self-esteem is improved, loneliness dissolves.
Becoming more intelligent
A higher intelligence due to mediation can be linked to removing distracting thoughts. If the mind is clear of any thoughts from the past or future, the present thoughts can take precedence, thus giving us a better ability to make more well-thought-out decisions for the time being.
A scientific way to look at this is to consider gyrification, which is folds in the brain that signify meditative thinking. Practicing mindfulness, over time, leaves more gyrification within the brain, and these formations allow faster processing.
An improved sexual experience
Distractions are the death of the sexual encounter, especially for women. During the sexual experience, many women endure self-judgment in the form of their own brain chatter. But with mindfulness, you train your brain to stay in the present moment, free of judgment. Studies show that college women, with a history of meditation practices, were more easily aroused by sexual images. Non-meditative women had a much harder time staying focused on the images.
And there are more benefits to being here, now, in the present time!
Being mindful is not just to new age enthusiasts or those who suffer from mental illness. Each one of us can greatly enjoy the benefits of mindfulness. On the other side of life’s clutter lies your true embodiment of self. Here you discover how to truly love yourself, become one with everything around you and reach true enlightenment. So sit down, relax and just be here… now.
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