Mindfulness


 Mindfulness is a health-promoting practice often defined as a way of intentionally paying attention to the present moment with-out being swept up by judgments. Mindful awareness techniques  are  biological processes that promote health, a form of brain hygiene. Through mindfulness, individuals can improve their emotional control as well as nervous system. The brain changes physically in response to experience, and new mental skills can be acquired with intentional effort. Experience activates neural firing, which in turn leads to the production of proteins that allow new connections to be made among the neurons in your brain. Mindfulness practices result in feelings of less anxiety, a deeper sense of clarity, safety, and security, as well as an improved sense of well-being. Mindfulness helps us examine the thoughts, memories, and emotions we experience throughout the day in a way that helps us better understand where our mind is. More importantly, mindfulness helps us separate our identity from these thoughts, memories, and emotions, especially the self doubting ones, and understand that they are only experiences and not who we are. This stabilized perspective is only one of the many benefits to be gained from mindfulness practices. Studies have even shown that mindfulness could be a potent part of successful treatment for many conditions, including anxiety, drug addiction (both treatment and relapse prevention), and borderline personality disorder, whose hallmark is chronic dysregulation.

 

More information on Mindfulness and mindfulness practices/techniques can be found in (Authour's) book Mindsight. For book information and other resoruces please click the following link sources.