Meditation 'mindfulness' should not be confused with meditation related to religious practices. What is the difference ?
Meditation related to Buddhism and other religions requires concentration on one's breath and has to do with a mantra that is repeated many times in order to attain a type of spiritual enlightenment.
On the other hand, the mental exercise of mindfulness requires to be attentive and lucid. It is necessary to adopt a posture without criticism with the objective to be the most aware of his thoughts to avoid being mistaken by them, and in this way, to be able to better maneuver them.
It takes effort but is worth it
To reach a state of mindfulness, it is important to devote time to train one's mind. Many people take classes to learn mindfulness techniques.
Generally, classes consist of several group sessions, on average two hours, for 8 weeks.
This is not a magic wand that works immediately, but the more you force yourself to reach it, the more you can see the good results.
The reason some people spend a lot of time on this skill is thatit has a positive effect on hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain.It also helps increase your concentration and helps to overcome depression, anxiety and addictions.
When we see all the benefits of meditation 'mindfulness,' we may think that this is too good to be true.
Is there really any evidence that it works? Well yes !
According to the website bemindful.co.uk, several clinical studies have produced the following results: 70% reduction in anxiety and a gradual reduction in anxiety up to 3 years after taking these courses.It has also been observed a decrease in consultations with doctors and an increase in antibodies that fight against diseases.
Other studies have shown that people have better quality sleep and have noticed noticeable improvements in diseases such as fibromyalgia and psoriasis.Dr. Timothy A. Pychyl, who has done a study on the effects of mindfulness says that this practice can help to rule out procrastination.
Professor Mark Milliams from Oxford University explains (in a video from the website bemindful.co.uk) how Mindfulness meditation helps control stress and thus, makes us feel less tired, overloaded or irritable.
Williams exposes something very surprising. When we are constantly under pressure to run to do a thousand and one things, we experience the same emotional response as if we were fleeing a predator.It undermines our ability to focus and focus on our tasks.
He also says that full consciousness helps us to appreciate the things we are doing and to find peace in this frenetic world.
In this way, we get better concentration and better memory.
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