The Precious Present
"To be truly present is to
be real, to be living in your own skin and to be engaging in
life and relationship with authenticity"
What is Mindfulness
'The faculty of voluntarily
bringing back a wandering attention over and over again...'
It is not a method of
distraction or avoidance or 'tuning out', it is about
'tuning in' to self.
Applications of Mindfulness
- General wellbeing -
(Zeidan F. etal 2010)
mindfulness meditation enhances mood states, reduces
fatigue and anxiety, increased visuo-spatial processing,
working memory and executive functioning, increases
- Mental health -
improves many anxiety related conditions eg: PTSD,
Dissociative disorders, panic disorder also depression
and chronic fatigue etc.
- Neuroscience -
enhances brain development and renewal, enhances emotional
- Clinical - increases
cerebral blood flow, especially orbital pre-frontal
AB etal 2010)
assists with pain management, symptom control, cancer,
metabolism issues, genetic function and repair, auto
immune deficit, reduced cellular aging and enhances
genetic repair (Epel
E etal 2009).
- Performance - enhances
functionality eg: activity, cognitive function.
- Spiritual - enhances
essence of self, oneness, deep peace, and insight.
Mindfulness - your present
Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the
present moment. It is the continuous practice of knowing
self and touching life deeply in every moment of daily life.
To be mindful is to be truly alive and present with those
around you and with what you are doing. We bring our body
and mind into harmony while we wash the dishes, drive the
car, or take our morning cup of tea. Jon Kabat-zinn
Steps of Mindfulness Practice.
The First Mindfulness
The Second Mindfulness
Training: Nonattachment from Views
The Third Mindfulness
Training: Freedom of Thought
The Fourth Mindfulness
Training: Awareness of Suffering
The Fifth Mindfulness
Training: Simple, Healthy Living
The Sixth Mindfulness
Training: Dealing with Anger
- The Seventh
Mindfulness Training: Dwelling Happily in the Present
The Eighth Mindfulness
Training: Community and Communication
The Ninth Mindfulness
Training: Truthful and Loving Speech
The Tenth Mindfulness
Training: Protect the community "Nourish yourself and
feed the world"
Mindfulness Training: Right Livelihood
The Twelfth Mindfulness
Training: Reverence for Life
Mindfulness Training: Generosity
Mindfulness Training: Right Conduct
Mindfulness Meditation and cognition
The results of a recent study on
meditation demonstrated the effect upon cognition and mood,
after four sessions of meditation training. Participants
were assessed with measures of mood, verbal fluency, visual
coding, and working memory:
- Mindfulness training
improved mindfulness, mood, and reduced fatigue,
anxiety, and increased visuospatial processing, working
memory, and executive functioning.
(Zeidab F, Johnson SK,
Diamond BJ, David Z, Goolkasian P.)
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