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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...' James W

It is not a method of distraction or avoidance or 'tuning out', it is about 'tuning in' to self.

 

Applications of Mindfulness
  • General wellbeing - research demonstrates (Zeidan F. etal 2010) that mindfulness meditation enhances mood states, reduces fatigue and anxiety, increased visuo-spatial processing, working memory and executive functioning, increases emotional intelligence.
  • 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 regulation.
  • Clinical - increases cerebral blood flow, especially orbital pre-frontal cortex (Newberg 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 precious moment.

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

 

The 14 Steps of Mindfulness Practice.
  1. The First Mindfulness Training: Openness
  2. The Second Mindfulness Training: Nonattachment from Views
  3. The Third Mindfulness Training: Freedom of Thought
  4. The Fourth Mindfulness Training: Awareness of Suffering
  5. The Fifth Mindfulness Training: Simple, Healthy Living
  6. The Sixth Mindfulness Training: Dealing with Anger
  7. The Seventh Mindfulness Training: Dwelling Happily in the Present Moment
  8. The Eighth Mindfulness Training: Community and Communication
  9. The Ninth Mindfulness Training: Truthful and Loving Speech
  10. The Tenth Mindfulness Training: Protect the community "Nourish yourself and feed the world"
  11. The Eleventh Mindfulness Training: Right Livelihood
  12. The Twelfth Mindfulness Training: Reverence for Life
  13. The Thirteenth Mindfulness Training: Generosity
  14. The Fourteenth 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.)
"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves." (Albert Einstein)
 
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"Yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow is only a vision,
but today well lived - makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope"
old Sanskrit proverb.