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What Is Mindfulness Meditation? And Why It’s Not as Silly As It Sounds

Have you ever driven your car somewhere and arrived at the end destination only to realise you remember very little about your journey?

Started reading a sentence only to forget what you’d just read?

Most of us have! These are examples of mindlessness, which is a state of being in ‘autopilot’, (in fact research shows that the average person is in ‘autopilot’ 47% of the time!). We tend to get lost in what we are doing, which can make us become vulnerable to anxiety, stress, depression, reactivity and tend to be less happy.

It’s important to take time out to reflect… When was the last time you felt truly in touch with yourself and having undivided attention on your thoughts, behaviours and actions? We often get swept up in the craze of life which prevents us from being fully present in every moment.

Through practicing mindfulness meditation (the opposite of mindlessness), it means jumping out of the autopilot seat, taking the steering wheel of life and focusing full attention. Mindfulness meditation can be a great and beneficial way to manage stress and boost compassion, focus, empathy, patience, energy, and ultimately, happiness!

There are countless mindfulness meditation techniques, each established from a different tradition with a unique focus. Yet they all have that one thing in common – their techniques are aimed at promoting calmness and clarity with the intention to remain focused and enhance a natural awareness.With all the hidden benefits, mindfulness meditation (or any meditation for that matter) isn’t silly at all!

In fact, here are some of the proven ways that mindfulness meditation can benefit you:

  • Mindfulness reduces stress, anxiety, and other destructive emotions.
    Mindfulness actually shrinks the brain’s “fight or flight” centre, the amygdala. This primal region of the brain, associated with fear and emotion, is involved in the initiation of the body’s response to stress; this is the part of the brain responsible for so many destructive emotions like fear, unhappiness and anger.

  • It Improves our overall sleep patterns.
    In all the rush of the day, we crave those 8 hours of z’s - through practicing mindfulness meditation through fully relaxing the body and mind, research has proven that you are able to fall asleep quicker, and stay asleep for longer (which undoubtingly can reduce fatigue the following day and increase attention).

  • Mindfulness meditation is one of the best ways to strengthen our attentional muscle. If you find yourself easily distracted and have a difficult time staying focused and concentrating… Well, join the club. Mindfulnesshelps to teach ourselves to maintain focus, concentrate for longer, resist procrastination, and keep our most important priorities at the front of our mind.

  • Through regular mindfulness meditation, it reduces compulsive and addictive tendencies and behaviours, and has also been shown to work better than any diet for effective long-term weight loss. Mindfulness practice helps us develop the overall capacity to see clearly exactly what we’re attached to so that we can let go of it and focus on positives. Whether this a compulsive addiction to snacking or lounging around, mindfulness meditation helps develop a focus and desire to want to make the most of our day and exercise in order to keep healthy and focused.

  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), can help relieve the stress of chronic pain. Millions of people suffer with chronic pain, some following an accident that leaves them with a long-term debilitating medical condition, some as a result of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) after serious injury, others due to diagnoses with cancer. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a therapy that combines mindfulness meditation and yoga, has been found to result in significant improvements in pain, anxiety, well-being and ability to participate in daily activities.

If practiced regularly mindfulness meditation can induce and encourage positive changes in our day to day lives!


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Read our previous blog post about the benefits of meditation for people living with a disability.

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