Physical Benefits Of Mindfulness Meditation which i recently viewed a episode of Catalyst on the ABC network About the physical benefits of mindfulness meditation.
You may have watched this program you may not have. My previous posts are about Yoga, and there benefits.
I have written about meditation in a yoga class environment in previous blogs. This episode of Catalyst was about meditation only, with no physical yoga poses, and how it assisted four individuals in there day to day life.
They all suffered from a type of physical and mental pain which was affecting there lives in a debilitating way.
Over an eight-week period they practiced in a safe environment with the help of counselors and at home. There mindfulness meditation techniques to achieve some relief from there pain, and anxieties they were suffering from previous experiences.
The main goal of the experiment, was to gain some insight, in to what could be achieved through mindfulness meditation,
For all individuals to cut back on the reliance of medications, and psychotherapies.
Mindfulness Meditation Beginnings:
Mindfulness meditation roots lie in Buddhism and Indian philosophy which have a connection going back thousand of years. Popularity of spirituality in western culture started back in the 60’s.
There has been significant amounts of research on mindfulness meditation from Western Doctors, over the last few decades since the counter culture of the 60’s appeared.
From the information I have researched there is a distinct difference in mindful meditation to the practice of meditation only.
Though similar in ways meditation is more about contemplation and visualization. Where as mindfulness meditation has been called “awareness”, or “witness consciousness”.
Mind and Body Connection:
With mindfulness we are really trying to achieve a connection with mind and body.
The body scan I wrote about in my meditation post was mentioned in the Catalyst episode, and how we are trying to identify the pains we have in our bodies from the crown of the head to the tips of our toes.
It was interesting how the lady expressed that she did not want to identify the pain, and just wanted to try to forget that the pain was there.
numbing the chronic pain with heavy medications was the only option she was using.
With the understanding of a constant practice of mindfulness meditation she may be able to do this without the drugs and psychotherapy that comes with it.
Mindfulness May Repair The Damage:
People experience different trauma’s through out there lives.
Which over time takes it tolls and can break your mental ability to cope with the day to day feelings of life.
Mindfulness meditation if practiced over a period, remembering there are no quick fixes here must be noted. Mindfulness meditation may reverse the damage done through a bereavement, or PTSD which is encountered from working in a combat zone.
Stress of a modern day life whether that be work or home, is a big factor in mental exhaustion which causes depression and other associated illnesses.
What Is Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness meditation, a popular form of meditation is practiced all around the world, can be defined as the practice of focusing the mind. A type of meditation that is in the present moment. By focusing our undivided attention to the present moment, we are able to free ourselves from our feelings and surrounding of low moods or concerns.
Instead, we are able to peacefully view our feelings from above without any judgement and realize they are just that, feelings only. They will come and they will go again, they do not define us.
Mindfulness meditation can help us to become more in touch of our thoughts, and even more so, can reduce the need for us to react to them immediately. You may wish to think of this popular metaphor.
Picture you are sitting, relaxed, by the edge of a peaceful flowing stream, observing your emotions coming and going and then disappearing again. like drifting leaves floating their way downstream.
As we practice mindfulness meditation particularly when you are first learning, if we find our mind wanders off, We can gently bring ourselves back to the present moment just by focusing on our breath.
When starting out with mindful meditation I would suggest 5 to 10 minutes, can be less time if you find it difficult at first. Benefits of Mindfulness is better sleep, and mood.
Research has shown mindfulness meditation has improved short term sleep disturbances for older adults.
Weight loss has also been found to be assisted, when mindfulness was incorporated in to a weight loss strategy. Dieters should be focused on the role there emotions have on their weight loss, than just exercise or calorie control.
Stress levels were reduced, cortisol the stress hormone was found to decrease when mindfulness meditation was practiced. Loneliness in seniors who had suffered a recent loss of spouse or partner was decreased with mindfulness meditation.
Less negative feeling were experienced. People attention span were increased. Chronic pain was better managed over time.
Preventing depression relapses, reduced anxiety, increases in grey matter were also found to be attributed to mindfulness meditation.
The list goes on more research will of course be done on this subject over the coming years.
If you have symptoms of the above you need not to suffer in silence. There are organizations in your area that can help you with such matters.
You just need to make the first step and reach out .
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Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietitian before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet