Mindfulness - a Love Relationship with Life
One of the leading mindfulness teachers of the Western world is the medical professor Jon Kabat-Zinn. He recognized the value of meditation for our lives in the 21st century and developed a medico-systematic program for stress management in 1979. More and more people around the world use the knowledge of mindfulness under the name of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) to promote a comprehensive healthy lifestyle.
As follows a practical example: Participants of a mindfulness training are asked to put a raisin in their hands. The participants should look closely at it, they should feel the raisin and sniff at it. Afterwards they should put the raisin on the tongue until its full aroma spreads in the mouth. In doing so, they should not chew quickly and swallow it. Everything happens in detail and very slowly.
Those who train mindfulness daily gain a clear state of consciousness in which any external and internal experience can be allowed without prejudice in this moment. If you are careful, you realize that your sense of happiness and joy of living is not dependent on external circumstances.
The effects of a mindful life are enormous. The mind is soothed and stabilized, it is no longer traversed by hasty streams of thought. Stress situations can be handled in a better way. Many participants become more patient with themselves, become less anxious, are less depressed and learn to accept themselves better. A further advantage that is already applied in psychotherapy is the enhanced impulse control. Fast-paced people can steer their negative emotions through mindfulness training into more sensible communications.
Over the past few years, the MBSR program has been scientifically researched mainly at the University of Massachusetts. Numerous studies demonstrate the effectiveness of mindfulness meditations. Only in April 2015, a holistic study in the medicine magazine "Lancet" revealed that a related mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) protects similarly well against relapses after a depression as medications do.
Of course, thought patterns and behaviors cannot change from one day to the next. If you are interested in the topic of mindfulness, please check out the following links or start your request about an appropriate mindfulness training nearby.
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