YOUR LIFE IS A REFLECTION OF YOUR THOUGHTS. IF YOU ARE NOT IN CONTROL OF YOUR THOUGHTS, THEN YOUR THOUGHTS CONTROL YOU AND YOUR LIFE
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about being completely in touch with the present moment and being open to experiences as they come. It’s about living and being in the here and now. It is not about going into blankness or boredom. In fact mindfulness requires an immense amount of focus and practice.
Some definitions of mindfulness:
(Kabat-Zinn, 2003) - The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.
(Baer, 2003) - The non-judgmental observation of the ongoing stream of internal and external stimuli as they arise.
Through mindfulness you become aware of your internal self as well as the external world around you. It’s about getting yourself out of the auto pilot mode and starting to live with more awareness. Mindfulness exercises can help you identify and be aware of what you are experiencing through your thoughts, senses, feelings and emotions. It can also help reduce negative, painful or frightening thoughts, memories and emotions from past or current experiences by helping you deal with it NONJUDGEMENTALY in the present moment from a present perspective.
It is something you do naturally and so anyone can practice mindfulness no matter what your background, physical ability or age is.
All you need is time and commitment!
Mindfulness and your brain
Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to reprogram your brain. By closing your eyes and shifting your focus inwards and removing clutter from the mind you are able to light up part of the brains that are not usually activated when we are in a mindless state. Scientifically it has been proven to enhance the frontal lobe of the brain especially the prefrontal cortex which is responsible for human behaviour.
This brain region has been implicated in planning complex cognitive behaviour, personality expression, decision making, and moderating social behaviour. The basic activity of this brain region is considered to be orchestration of thoughts and actions in accordance with internal goals. The most typical psychological term for functions carried out by the prefrontal cortex area is executive function. Executive function relates to abilities to differentiate among conflicting thoughts, determine good and bad, better and best, same and different, future consequences of current activities, working toward a defined goal, prediction of outcomes, expectation based on actions, and social “control” (the ability to suppress urges that, if not suppressed, could lead to socially unacceptable outcomes). The frontal cortex supports concrete rule learning, while more anterior regions along the rostro-caudal axis of the frontal cortex support rule learning at higher levels of abstraction. (adapted from Wikipedia)
It also interrupts the primitive or areas of the brain that initiates and coordinates the unconscious primitive stress reaction throughout the brain and body.