14 Health Benefits Of Mindfulness Training

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Mindfulness will benefit your health.

There are many health benefits of mindfulness training. Mindfulness involves allowing yourself to stay in the present moment, without dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

Here are some health benefits to mindfulness training:

  1. It decreases stress. Research out of the journal Health Psychology indicates that mindfulness is not only associated with lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), but it is associated with feeling less stress.
  2. It helps you get to know your true self. Mindfulness can help you see beyond optimism when you really need to analyze yourself objectively. In a study out of the journal Psychology Science indicates that mindfulness training can help you get rid of the blind spots in your life, which can diminish or increase your own flaws.
  3. It can improve your academic skills. Researchers out of the University of California at Santa Barbara indicated that college students who got mindfulness training did better on testing and had improvements in their working memory. The results showed that doing mindfulness training is an efficient and effective technique for improving memory and other cognitive functions.
  4. It could help you if you have rheumatoid arthritis to decrease fatigue, pain and stress associated with the disease.
  5. It could help those with osteoarthritis handle stress better. A study out of the Annals of Rheumatic Disease from 2011 showed that even though mindfulness training didn’t lessen the brain’s ability to function, it did help them lower their stress levels.
  6. It works to increase your focus. Mindfulness training can make you feel more focused. This is because it helps the brain have more control over emotions and the processing of pain. It does so by controlling the alpha rhythms in the brain, according to a research article, out of the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
  7. It helps music to sound better. Mindfulness training improves your ability to focus and engage in music.
  8. It could help your doctor do a better job of caring for you. Mindfulness training can help doctors take better care for their patients.
  9. Research out of the University Of Rochester Medical Center indicates that doctors who engage in mindfulness training are better listeners, more self-aware, and are less judgmental. It helps you experience what you listen to and helps you enjoy music better, according to an article in the journal Psychology of Music.
  10. It helps you even when you aren’t actively practicing it. You don’t have to actually meditate in order to have mindfulness training be beneficial. This is according to a study out of the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. It indicated that the amygdala is altered by mindfulness training and that it works even when you aren’t practicing the techniques.
  11. The health benefits of mindfulness training can be broken down into four different elements, which are regulation of attention, regulation of emotion, self-awareness, and body awareness.
  12. It can make you a better person. It could also better benefit those you interact with by making you more compassionate, according to a study in the journal Psychological Science. Scientists from Harvard and Northeastern University’s found that mindfulness training is connected with behavior that is more virtuous.
  13. If you have cancer, it can make you less stressed. Research out of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine indicates that mindfulness training and art therapy can decrease the stress patients with breast cancer. Often imaging studies have shown that it is linked to changes in the brain connected to emotions, stress, and reward,
  14. It can help the elderly person feel less lonely. Loneliness among senior citizens can be harmful to their health and can increase the risk of health problems. Researchers out of the University of California in Los Angeles found that mindfulness meditation helped to reduce feelings of loneliness in older people. It also improved their health by decreasing inflammation.

 

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Video Summary:
So much of our human life is passed at a subconscious level, a level below our awareness. Very little of our activity, especially in our mind, "registers" in the course of our day.

"Mindfulness" is being in the moment while you observe yourself. Its power is in focusing your attention on what's presently taking place within your own body, without judging it. It is incredibly difficult to maintain mindfulness for anything more than a few seconds, without substantial practice. The best way to practice is to start to be mindful of just a few mundane things that happen in your day: when you pass a certain landmark, or every time you perform a common task.

Despite our best intentions, the difficulty in being able to consistently practice mindfulness is a reminder that humans are as much or more animal as they are rational. Many of our actions, and the thoughts we have while performing them, are automatic. Without teasing out the existence -- and then the origin -- of those thoughts, we'll never truly master our emotions and become self-aware. Gaining that control holds the key to true personal development.

Practicing mindful meditation substantially improves awareness and has been used in western psychology to alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression.

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