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Mindfulness is a philosophy that involves meditation and a lifestyle. It requires that people separate a few minutes of the day to sit in a peaceful location, close their eyes, to breathe in and out from their nose calmly and not think of anything. In the rest of the day, it suggests a calmer life – where one thing is done at a time – and concentrate on the present moment – leaving aside afflictions of the future and regrets of the past.

Many Indian practices have the same essence, like yoga. Mindfulness can be applied to any experience, like eating, relaxing and doing physical activity. Even though mindfulness can seem like a self-help program, the technique’s efficacy is backed by scientific studies.

Change the structure of the brain. Eight different areas of the brain are changed, with the most significant changes occurring in the frontal lobe and hippocampus, which are associated with emotions and memory. These brain changes support greater self-regulation, allowing for purposeful action versus an automatic reaction response. This creates emotional resilience, helping us handle life’s challenges better. Memory and focus are also enhanced with as little as eight weeks of practice.

Increased immune system. What we think and feel can impact our immune system. Mindfulness activates the areas in the brain that influences our immune system to help it respond more efficiently.

Reduce stress. A slower pace helps reduce cortisol, the stress hormone, and consequently reduces the risk of stress-related disease and illness. It also increases telomere length which is related to a longer lifespan.

Reduce chronic pain. It can help people who have chronic pain conditions to manage the discomfort more effectively. Those who practice regularly have an increase in vitality and zest for life.

strong>Increase quality of life. Mindfulness participants report lower depression, anxiety and overall have less negative thoughts and feelings. In addition, they report an increase in empathy and compassion, as well as higher relationship satisfaction.

Help treat psychological diseases. Such as PTSD and ADHD.

The link below provides a few exercises for you to try out:
http://www.mindful.org/category/meditation/mindfulness-practice/
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