Mindfulness: What is it about
Here at AMORH we go by a lot of affirmations, mantras, axioms, principles that work for us.
They are a sort of guidelines that help us maintain structure, discipline and motivation as we make decisions to take action.
Certainly, being productive towards our goals, as we strive in our potential in our daily tasks.
Nurturing our individual, as well as the collective well being of our workplace and our communities.
There are other aspects that go into our being productive which include creativity and innovation.
In a sense, we are producing new “things” and making what’s already available to us, better.
Therefore, the idea basically is to be open about people, places, ideas, hypothesis, experiences and the most precious of them all… the present. Our present. Your present.
For this aspect of our lives and well being, we utilize a tool that we discovered a while back and have now acquired as a skill, called mindfulness.
Though different than meditation, nonetheless, very similar in so that it’s a way to acknowledge the mind and self-regulate it.
For the reason that mindfulness is a type of meditation, like yoga, sexuality, silence, breathing, and emptiness.
Hence, mindfulness is the act of focusing on being in the present. Like one would do anywhere, doing anything.
For instance, standing on a beach, focusing on our senses, like that of the wind grazing our hair and our skin, taking in the scent of the ocean, the warmth of the sun, and the sight of the sea.
Ridding ourselves of overwhelming emotions from the mind, thus transmitting these as uncomfortable sensations to the body, sometimes, unbeknownst to us.
What is mindfulness exactly
There really isn’t an exact definition nor have the consensus come to an agreement.
Some of the “official” definitions of mindfulness used by scientists are;
What benefits can mindfulness provide
A neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School Sara Lazar, was one of the first scientists to prove the validity of the anecdotal claims about the benefits of mindfulness through brain scans.
When you’re mindful, you’re paying attention to your breathing, to sounds, to the present moment experience, and shutting cognition down.
Certainly, it stands to reason your senses would be enhanced.
They also found they had more gray matter in the frontal cortex, which is associated with working memory and executive decision making.
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Post-traumatic stress disorder
How to better our mental and physical health
The data shows that psychotherapy (talk therapy) works for 90% of those who participate actively in it.
Furthermore, when necessary and in some situations when a biological (psychiatric) treatment is paired with talk therapy, the benefits and success are increased.
With some people that neither talk therapy or a biological treatment work, mindfulness is a formidable alternative if the objective is to be on a path of continuous growth and improvement.
In addition, for those of us, who do participate in one or both of the first two options above, it can only be of increased benefit to try out or continue practicing the skill of mindfulness.
Consequently, increasing our well being and through our own selves and example, promote and increase the well being of our families and our communities.