Health benefits of mindfulness meditation – find energy and joy

health benefits of mindfulness meditation

Why practice Mindfulness?

If you feel weighed down by the past or fearful of the future, mindfulness is for you. In the Now you discover that you are already complete and perfect. Not only that, you will discover the many health benefits of mindfulness meditation.

Mindfulness makes it easier to deal with everyday life, stressful situations and tough or traumatic times. Scientific studies show that mindfulness improves wellbeing, mental, emotional and physical health.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the art of being present in every waking moment of your daily activities. Mindfulness breaks down our conditioned responses by creating space between ourselves and our reactions.

When you are mindful you become the observer. You watch your thoughts and feelings and actions from a distance, like clouds passing by in the sky, without judgement.

Instead of allowing ourselves to be carried away by the stories and dramas in our lives, we start living in the moment and awaken to authentic experience.

The health benefits of Mindfulness Meditation

  • Improved energy and productivity levels.
  • It improves overall health.
  • Greater self-awareness and connection to our physical body and its needs.
  • Better concentration, cognitive ability and improved memory.
  • It reduces stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Improved sleep.
  • A general feeling of wellbeing, joy and happiness.
  • Increased creativity and problem solving abilities.
  • It improves emotional intelligence.
  • Improved relationships and social skills.
  • Better resistance to pain.
  • How can we practice Mindfulness?

How to practice Mindfulness

Learn to be present in every moment, or every moment you can remember to do it. Mindfulness is to just to observe, eat, just listen, just walk – without judgement, chatter, or criticism.

Use all your senses as you observe every moment of every activity.

When you eat a meal, be mindful of the eating and the food. What is its taste? What is its texture? When you take off your sweater, what does it feel like? How does it feel as it goes over your head? What is its colour? Its smell?

When you walk on the pavement, are you aware of your body? What is the sensation in your feet, or legs? What do you see? Are you noticing the cracks in the pavement, the weeds sprouting through? What about the wind on your face, in your hair? Can you hear the the leaves rustling in the breeze?

the power of now

Another way of practicing mindfulness is through meditation. It will help you train your mind to stay in the present moment.

Would you like to enjoy the health benefits of mindfulness meditation?

More reading

For more information, you can read the transforming and rewarding book by Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now. In it we learn that we can find our way out of psychological pain as he guides us on a path to authentic power and enlightenment.

5 Comments

  1. Thank you. I loved this post especially the part about non-judgement. It is so important to be aware of the paths that our mind usually take when we think about things that intentionally being aware without judgement allows us to step onto different paths of though. Well done.

  2. Hey Eril!

    Great post on mindfullness and meditation. A practice that goes back thousands of years but which I think we need more of every day!

    In the Bhagvad Gita it is referred to as Dhayna and is one of the pillars of yoga.
    So agree with being in the present….I stress out a lot over little things that may occur in the future.

    This post has reminded me that I can choose to remain in the present and don’t drive my stress levels up.
    Very easy read and easy to understand!

    Ravi

  3. This is something that I have wanted to do. I want to be able to step back and watch the situation unfold. From there I can then take the proper action or actions, rather than getting caught in the moment.

    I have always tried to keep positive, although this is hard at times. I know that by trying to be positive that this can keep me healthy.

    I will keep this useful advice here in mind and practice a mindful life.

    Thank you.

  4. This is such great information. I have recently started practicing mindfulness and meditation to help with chronic pain. I knew it would work, but I’m surprised by just how well it works. I’m calmer and more able to deal with my pain and with life in general. Stopping that chattering critic, or at least talking back to it and putting it in its place has done wonders for every part of my life. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thank you for this very interesting and well presented article. In this high paced modern world i can see there are great health benefits in taking a step back and slowly taking in what is happening around us. There should be more artists among us as surely they must be the perfect example of people who practice mindfulness on a daily basis and enjoy the benefits.

    Jim

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