Mindfulness describes the state in which one is in the here and now lives to become aware of the present state. The point is not only to be physically present, but also to be aware of the To perceive mind and the thoughts. Many people spend a lot of time preoccupied with the past or the future, unconsciously preventing them from reaching a happy state.
When you live mindfully, you stop holding on to thoughts or judging them. Moreover, one succeeds better Compassion for one's fellow human beings, but above all for oneself, and to pay attention to the extent to which external factors can influence one's own emotional world. If you become aware of this, i.e. if you go through your everyday life mindfully, you are more likely to accept your current state and deal with it in a beneficial way.
With the goal of helping people who suffer from chronic pain, Mindfulness (Mindfulness) introduced in the 1970s. Originally Mindfulness is a Component from Buddhismwhich is much older. However, Mindfulness unfolds its effectiveness in incredibly many areas and is individually applicable and helpful for everyone.
The TechnologyWhile it's impossible to imagine life without it these days and it saves us a lot of work, it unfortunately also leads to stress on the other hand. The constant accessibility leads to the fact that a constant pressure dominates our everyday life. In addition, answering messages, for example, takes time away from us that we would actually need for other activities.
In the process, their own needs come up far short. Often, our own desires are put on the back burner and we lose touch with our thoughts and feelings. Due to this high stress level, in connection with the neglect of personal demands, it comes more and more often to Burnouts or other mental health problems.
"If you want to live your life as full and happy as it can be, be where it's happening: In the here and now!"
Integrating mindfulness into one's life helps to achieve a Balance between the two hemispheres of the brain to produce. The right hemisphere of the brain is responsible for the rational and logical processes whereas the left brain hemisphere is responsible for the emotional and creative part takes over. The conscious balancing of the two parts leads, among other things, to our becoming more stress-resistant.
Normally, our amygdala reacts impulsively (within 30 milliseconds) to situations that are classified as "threatening" from experience. However, if we direct our attention in such a way that the rational part of the brain becomes active, the problem weighs on us much less. The brain then needs 100 milliseconds to respond. With a little training, this time span can be extended to 250 milliseconds, which means that we react even more relaxed.
"The happiness of your life depends on the nature of your thoughts."
People who work on DepressionsThose who suffer from chronic pain or ADHD can also benefit from Mindfulness. After eight weeks, pain can be reduced by 75% according to MRI tests. In the long term, this percentage actually increases. In addition, the relapse rate for people who have suffered from depression decreases. Mindfulness can also lead to overcoming aggression and anger, as well as resentment or anxiety in any area.
Regular exercise ensures that the nerve connections in the brain reconnect (neuroplasticity). The resulting changes are usually first noticed by those around you before you yourself recognize the positive effects.
The two ways of mindfulness
The two ways of mindfulness are composed of the formal way and the informal way. In the formal path, one uses Meditation, the informal route focuses on concrete tasks that you can integrate into your everyday life. This includes exercises for the conscious perception of the here and now and exercises for the correct handling of emerging thoughts.
Helpful are questions to oneself, like "What do I feel?", "What do I hear?", "What do I perceive?". Through those, one brings oneself into the present moment back and avoids that the thoughts drive you away too much.
Mindfulness can be divided into different pillars. These include not judging, having patience, striving for new knowledge ("Beginners Mind"), having confidence, avoiding striving, practicing acceptance, and not holding on to things but letting go.
"A happy life consists of a liberated mind that is aware of itself at all times."
This article is a guest contribution from Lisa Évoluer.
I am a mindfulness coach for (business) women who want to live a fulfilling life in balance. I help you to release your blocks and to be yourself. So that you can be a stress-free life with more self-confidence and follow your passion.
I have been a successful entrepreneur for over 8 years and am one of the founders of the successful company Coachy. I am constantly learning and am trained in MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and as a life coach.
My motto: Listen to your heart and be yourself!