What is Mindfulness? Simply put, Mindfulness is being aware of what is happening in your body and in your mind, just as it is happening, without being swept away by it or spinning off into excessive thinking.
Rather than the tendency to live on automatic pilot, where it feels like your body is in one place (the car) and your mind racing in another (next week) Mindfulness offers a way to be fully present in the moment. Instead of allowing our thoughts run away with us and our emotions to take over, Mindfulness offers us a gentle and practical way to rebalance, to accept and be more at ease with whatever is going on. Then, we in a position to take the next step with more focus and balanced decisions for ourselves and our life.
Over time it becomes infinitely easier to reduce stress, to self-calm and to make wise life choices. It just takes a little practice everyday. Link: Centre for Mindfulness.
The Science of Mindfulness Imagine, with a little daily discipline, we can positively change the structure of our brain. Science has shown that after eight weeks of Mindful Meditation, areas of the brain associated with stress, fight and flight, reduces and in areas of the brain associated with calm, ease, focus, well-being, and decision making grey matter is increased.
It's pretty amazing that we have it within us to change the structure of our own brain. That with Mindfulness we can empower ourselves to better mental and physical health, that we can breathe and live a little more lightly.