6 Reasons to Practice Mindfulness

  • Peak Performance –
    Mindfulness trains your body and mind to perform at its peak. Top performers in the field of sports, business, psychology, medicine etc. practice  mindfulness to achieve great results by learning to be “present” and not in the past or future in their day to day lives. And, with CEOs such as Rupert Murdoch (News Corp); Bill Ford (Ford Motor Company); Rick Goings (Tupperware); and Marc Benioff (Salesforce.com) all touting its benefits, executive coaches are picking up on the trend introducing mindful techniques to programmes to calm the mind’s “chatter”, assist focus and manage stress.
  • Mindfulness Improves Physical Health –
    If greater well-being isn’t enough, as an incentive, scientists have discovered that mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in a number of ways. Mindfulness can: help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties. Stress reduction is an almost immediate and desirable effect of practicing mindfulness. The awareness practices of breath, meditation amongst others help in reducing stress.
  • Mindfulness Improves Mental Health –
    In recent years, psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples’ conflicts, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Builds Resilience –Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity. By being present and detecting the patterns of thought that are holding us back or getting us down we are able to quickly bounce back.
  • Improves Wellbeing – By learning how to be present, one can detect patterns of thought and emotions that tend to derail us and make us feel under the weather. Mindfulness helps you  shift your patterns of thought and improves the quality of your life. Increasing your capacity for mindfulness supports many attitudes that contribute to a satisfied life. Being mindful makes it easier to savour the pleasures in life as they occur, helps you become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events. By focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others.
  • Better Communication And Relationships –By learning to be present to the feelings and emotional state of others you are able to communicate better and enhance your relationships.

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