Mindfulness & Stress Reduction
“I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.”-Albert Einstein.
The word mindfulness has taken a lot of media but storm, often misconstrued as a formal meditation practice. Whilst the roots of mindfulness comes to us from Buddhism, mindfulness is a modern, Western practice and most often practised outside of any formal spiritual contexts. Mindfulness, at its essence, is simply being present. This means paying attention to what is happening right now. Without judgment. Without overthinking. It is acceptance of the present moment.
When the term “mindfulness” was coined by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1970s, we could see that it reduced stress and helped people feel better, but we didn’t fully understand how or why it worked. Now, we know that mindfulness makes actual physical changes to our brains and bodies—and we have the science to prove it. Mindfulness is often prescribed to people with health problems as a way of encouraging them to lead fuller and healthier lives. The emphasis of mindfulness is staying in the present moment and can be practised through meditative practices.
How can mindfulness change my brain?
- Low self esteem
- Increased day dreaming
- Insensitivity to others
- Difficulty concentrating
- Hostility and aggression
- Difficulty making decisions
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ― Amit Ray