Wondering why you should care about mindfulness?
According to Psychology Today, mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. Being present with what is.
Studies + research point to the extensive benefits of mindfulness. (See more)
- Reduced rumination.
- Stress reduction.
- Boosts to working memory.
- Greater ability to focus.
- Less emotional reactivity.
- More cognitive flexibility.
- Relationship satisfaction.
- Enhanced self-insight, morality, intuition and fear modulation (basically all functions associated with the brain’s middle prefrontal lobe area.)
- Health benefits, including increased immune functioning, improvement to well-being and reduction in psychological distress.
In addition, mindfulness meditation practice appears to increase information processing speed, as well as decrease task effort and having thoughts that are unrelated to the task at hand.
I’d suggest that this space also gives us the necessary pause to notice the gifts in our lives. To really feel present and grateful. Most of us need reminders and support to integrate mindfulness into our lives. I love that this practice or habit is not something else to do. It is more about changing your way of being and showing up.
What are you grateful for today?
Take a couple minutes out of your day to create/reinforce the habit of gratitude. Even and especially if it's a hard day. Where can you notice something beautiful or meaningful? Who can you thank? What might be a lesson or blessing in disguise? Take a deep breath. Become present and choose gratitude. ♥