Mindfulness is a practice being massively adopted by an ever increasing mass of people from all walks of life and countries all over the planet. So it is very relevant to ask this question “Why mindfulness is a top key to improved health and more?
This is the first of a series of articles over the next period of time where I will share personal views and the views of attitudes of a diverse group of others.
This first article from BuzzFeed asks the question “What is Mindfulness and Why you should try it” This is an informative and light-hearted and hugely valuable entree into the topic. Yet at the same time renews and adds to the information about for the mindfulness practitioner.
A portion of the article follows, while there is a link to the original source and the end. Further information about “mindfulness” will be published on a daily basis.
Mindfulness is a growing movement that encourages people to take a minute to notice their body and its surroundings. To get a little more information about mindfulness, what it is and isn’t, and how people new to mindfulness can begin practicing awareness, we spoke with Cheryl Jones — one of Aetna’s wellness program strategy leads, who is trained in mindfulness and completed the Teacher Development Intensive in Mindfulness-Based-Stress Reduction (MBSR).
What is mindfulness?
Cheryl Jones: Mindfulness is paying attention or noting whatever is happening in the moment with a gentle and open mind. It involves being present in the moment, the one you’re in right now. Mindfulness doesn’t involve chanting, bowing, sitting cross-legged, or burning incense.
How do we practice mindfulness?
CJ: Mindfulness can be practiced formally through meditation where we pause and notice breathing, thoughts, feelings, sensations and surroundings. It can also be practiced informally while driving, during conversations, while exercising, and as you’re eating.
What are the benefits to practicing mindfulness?
CJ: Mindfulness can help lower stress and builds resilience so you can meet the demands of your day with more ease. It allows you to have more clarity to solve problems. Mindfulness can help you be patient with yourself and others. And it can make you more effective and feel happier.
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