Mindfulness is a form of meditation that was little known in the west until relatively recently. It is about observation without judgement and being compassionate with yourself. Being Mindful is having the ability to be fully present in the moment and, according to mindfulness research, it can have numerous benefits. For example, it is known to reduce anxiety, decrease stress and sadness, and increase levels of focus and happiness.
In essence, Mindfulness allows you to catch negative thought patterns before they tip you into a downward spiral. It begins the process of putting you back in control of your life.
Mindfulness is a way of living in which, when we remember, we are able to step back and be in the present moment in any situation. Mindfulness doesn’t eliminate stress or other difficulties: instead by becoming aware of unpleasant thoughts and emotions that arise, we have more choice in how to handle them in the moment and a better chance of reacting calmly and empathically when faced with stress or challenges.
Over time, Mindfulness brings about long-term changes in your mood and your levels of happiness and wellbeing. Scientific studies have shown that Mindfulness not only prevents depression, but that it also positively affects the brain patterns underlying day to day anxiety, stress, depression and irritability so that when they arise, they dissolve away again more easily.
Other studies have shown that people who meditate regularly see their doctors less often and spend fewer days in hospital. Other benefits include improved memory, greater creativity and increased reaction times.