As a doctor I am first and foremost a scientist. When I heard the word mindfulness at first I thought that this is just pseudo-science and another scam to pull desperate people away from mainstream medicine. And in my practise I do see patients like these. Patients that leave their lifesaving medicine to go off on some or other tangent and become more ill than before and then expect their doctor to “fix them up” again.
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully aware of the present moment, not distracted or dwelling on past hurts or worrying about what might happen in the future. Mindfulness keeps you grounded in the here and now.
With the increased use of the functional MRI, also known as fMRI, the makeup of the brain can be viewed and studied more efficiently. And research started showing that just as exercise; mindfulness keeps you healthier and happier in addition to make a difference in chronic illness.
And it is not only in medicine and psychology that we see a lot of interest in Mindfulness. It is also happening in the business world with Fortune 500 companies coaching their employees on mindfulness and allowing time and space to practise it. Mindfulness training could help make leaders more confident, improve creativity, reduce multitasking, and improve client satisfaction.
Universities in medicine and business have departments that do research on mindfulness and teach their students ways to practise mindfulness. Schools in America have also taken notice of the benefits of mindfulness.
We’re only just starting to appreciate all the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. Studies have shown that with regular practice mindfulness can have long-lasting positive effects not only your mental state but also your physical, emotional and social ones as well. So maybe it is time that we stop losing out and start noticing what is going on and take part in this thing called MINDFULNESS.
Here are some compelling reasons why why we should leave that frantic to-do list behind and seriously consider incorporating mindfulness into our life.
As you can see mindfulness doesn’t just benefit the body, it also benefits the mind. Think of it as a way to reboot your brain and get it to perform better. As soon as start living mindfully, you’ll notice an increase in focus and concentration. The benefits of mindfulness increase as you start making it part of your daily routine.
From me at Zenzile Life, I hope this will add love and lightness into your days—because life isn’t a to-do list, it’s meant to be enjoyed!
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