Before talking about the benefits of mindfulness, first it would be good to review here how I define mindfulness throughout this site.
In short, I most resonate with Jon Kabat-Zinn‘s brief definition:
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.
With your attention focused fully in the moment, your mind and body’s resources are automatically freed up in countless ways.
- Deep breathing, which is a great tool to bring about mindfulness, creates instant less stress on your nervous system. Adrenal glands and stress hormones immediately begin to balance out.
- Cleared physical space is a reflection of our inner space. Preparing the space around you or moving to a different space for mindfulness practice can create a positive cognitive and emotional shift.
- Mindfulness is a great step toward physical tension release. Your focus and attention can be sharpened to whatever parts of your body need it most, making your relaxation a conscious choice.
Benefits of the mind
- Mentally, resting your mind in the moment allows the pressure of overwhelm to disappear. Without awareness of the past, there is no heavy burden of regret. Without awareness of the future, anxiety-ridden worry cannot exist.
- With less stuff crowding your mind, you’ll experience increased clarity and focus.
- With less mind clutter, memory can naturally improve.
- Without attaching thoughts, feelings or beliefs to whatever is happening in the present moment, the pressure of judgement disappears. Not only does the judgement disappear, but you begin to see the uselessness of worry and regret.
- With mindfulness, the idea of labelling things right or wrong, good or bad isn’t just useless, it’s absurd.
Benefits of lifestyle
- Mindfulness allows us to see things dispassionately, without attachment, from an observer’s objective perspective. The habit of mindfulness means releasing attachment to our emotions and letting go of the desire for harmful drama. Emotional intelligence.
- With increased awareness, we are able to clearly see and accept exactly where our responsibility begins and ends, instead of listening to the emotionally draining stories within.
- Taking responsibility and accountability creates cognitive paths to healing. We’re able to recognize that every action we take is a choice. Therefore, we’re empowered to make the best choices going forward.
- Seeing things for what they are, not the illusions we make up about them, offers us an amazing sense of acceptance of what is. With acceptance, our attachment to those stories becomes pointless and we relax into the freedom and ease of inner silence.
- Short breaks for mindfulness practice throughout the day will immediately and effectively give your body and mind a much-needed break.
- Consistent and longer practice will allow results to become more permanent and habitual, effectively causing deep and lasting life changes.
Even if you don’t feel different in the moment, you are still benefitting from mindfulness.