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The Wonderful Benefits of Mindfulness in the Modern World (According to Science)

February 5, 2018

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Today’s modern people are always rushing. Due to the high-paced lifestyle that the majority of us have, the stress factor is always present in our lives. And when there’s stress, problems will follow. 

When you’re affected by stress, your primary instinct is to defend yourself. There are many ways in which people can choose to lower their stress levels. One free, efficient, and heavily popular way of dealing with stress-related issues is through the practice of meditation, which includes “mindfulness” too.

Mindfulness practice, mindfulness meditation, or simply put, meditation, has its origins in Buddhism and is described as: “Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmental.” – Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn.

In this post, we are going to expose some of the reasons why mindfulness is of major importance, especially in today’s complicated world. Moreover, we’ll discuss why mindfulness is considered the elementary key to happiness and how practicing it will improve your physical and emotional wellbeing.

 

Mindfulness – Therapy for the mind, body, and soul

 

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Through mindfulness, you get to know yourself. You take the time to study your feelings, to understand who you are, and to acknowledge and focus on the present moment without judging anything or anyone. Mindfulness is frequently used in modern world therapy because its benefits truly allow practitioners to diminish the existing stress and, often times, cure their mental diseases completely.

Furthermore, the therapists who are practicing mindfulness meditation have been found more effective with their patients. The introduction of mindfulness meditation in therapeutical and clinical practice has helped a lot of people with different illnesses such as personality disorder, dyslexia, bi-polarity, anxiety, and so on.

After years of researches and studies of this practice, people are still confused about the specific benefits that mindfulness brings. There are quite a lot of them, and to make it simpler, we’ve divided them into brain, body, and emotions.

 

Brain benefits

 

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If you meditate before an exam, you’ll feel calmer. The stress and the anxiety will be reduced, and you’ll have a green light to fully focus. Moreover, after you meditate, your cognitive functions will be boosted, giving you all the brain power you need to perform at your best.

The anterior cingulate is linked to memory and learning, while the prefrontal cortex is linked to judgment and planning. After weeks of practicing and experiencing mindfulness states, both of these brain parts show an improved activity. Moreover, meditation improves concentration and your capacity to stay focused for longer.

Mindfulness meditation also makes the myelin (the protective layer of the neuron) stronger. Therefore, the brain’s neuronal connections will work smoother and better.

 

Physical benefits

 

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While meditating, the cortisol hormone level is reduced, which means that your stress and blood pressure are also going to decrease. Practicing for longer periods of time, consistently, will considerably reduce the risks of developing any cardiovascular diseases or heart attacks.

If you are eating mindfully, you can even lose weight!

Mindfulness practice can decrease cell damage and can even lengthen our lives, as it is closely connected to the boosting of telomerase.

In comparison with people who do not practice mindfulness meditation, the ones who do produce a greater extent of antibodies. According to this study, mindfulness meditation will also improve your immune system, making your body stronger and less predisposed to developing illnesses.

 

Emotional benefits

 

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The practice of mindfulness is proved to ease anxiety and depression symptoms. That's why therapists are using meditation techniques more frequently in their sessions. Through meditation, people find it easier to become calm and stay calm. Emotional reactivity is decreased, and so is the size of the amygdala, which happens to be linked to people’s aggressive behaviors.

People who meditate are more compassionate than the ones who do not. If they are exposed to a person who suffers or shows deep mental or physical pain, they would show more empathy and would be more eager to become involved.

 

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Meditation also helps us shut up our internal voices. That loud voice that keeps speaking is not supposed to always speak. While you’re mindfully meditating, the voice will disappear, leaving you with the beautiful silence. Enjoy every moment of silence and let go of everything else!

Schools that implemented special programs for practicing mindfulness meditation have shown impressive results. For example, one study shows that meditation decreased the rates of absenteeism and bullying in several schools.

You can walk while meditating, as it has been proved to boost your mental and emotional health. Spend some time in nature too!

 

Key takeaways

 

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We, modern individuals, have entirely forgotten to live in the present moment. We keep saying “Carpe diem,” yet we are either preoccupied with tomorrow or worried about yesterday.

Yesterday and tomorrow are merely illusions. Moreover, they distract us from the present moment and they’ll never allow us to be genuinely happy. Practicing mindfulness is your free pass to a peaceful life. Practice it regularly and your state of mind shall always be positive and your body shall always be healthy.

 

Extra tip

 

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Here’s what John Brody, CEO at Rushmyessay UK and old friend of mine, had to contribute to this post:

“If you wish to start practicing mindfulness meditation, I beg you not to expect amazing quick results. Meditation is a very complex practice. It has a learning curve, and it must be treated with patience, consistency, and respect. If you have failed, don’t blame your ‘technique’. Also, don’t blame yourself. Keep going until you find what you need to find.

Most of the people who practice meditation have only noticed remarkable results after at least 5 to 8 weeks of consistent practice, meditating for over 10 minutes each day. If it’s important, the 10 minutes of daily practice should not bring you any trouble. As Buddha said, ‘Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most!’”

 

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