What is Mindfulness?
- Mindfulness is observation in its purest form.
- Mindfulness is moment to moment awareness anchored in the present moment. It is void of judgment and attachment.
- Mindfulness is state of be-ing, in which a person can condition oneself to experience transcendent cognitive functioning, and adapt/cope with life in a positive and holistic manner.
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness is a form of meditation that has been practiced since antiquity. It is a way of training your mind that elevates your awareness (state of consciousness). When this happens, your intuition becomes stronger, matters of the heart have a higher priority, and you will see things more clearly.
Although your daily sense of self is essentially your ego’s projections, meditation wakes us up to the essence of who and what you really are. Practicing meditation instinctually builds a bridge between the socially constructed sense of self that caters to your ego and your authentic self that resides deep within.
Why Should You Practice Meditation?
Over the past 10 years over 2,000 studies have been done working with meditation. Meditation is recommended by virtually every domain of health professional throughout the world. Although we have learned a lot about this ancient practice, we are still waking up to some of the beneficial mysteries surrounding this “universal medicine.”
Prevailing science suggests that meditation has the capacity to evolve practitioners on virtually every level of the human experience.
Meditation Sculpts the Brain in Significant Ways
Meditation serves as one such method for stimulating new synaptic connections in the brain. By practicing meditation, people can improve the strength and functioning of their brain while also changing its functionality. And to maximize such cognitive function, it seems essential that meditation be practiced with repetition and intention. Yet, as science is beginning to understand, even a brief investment of mindfulness can have profound effects.
Attributes that make meditation a unique state of being:
- High levels of awareness, mental alertness – and very low levels of physiological arousal
- Utilize much less oxygen (whole night of sleep is equal to as much as 3 minutes of deep meditation)
- More blood to extremities
- Breathing slows
- Have alpha and theta brain activity
Proven physical and psychological benefits:
- Lower cholesterol
- Curb insomnia
- Boost the immune system
- Reduce depression
- Relieve anxiety and compulsive behavior
- Alleviate stress levels
- Improve decision-making ability
- Enhance memory
- Treat drug and alcohol abuse
- Lower high blood pressure
- Ease pain of arthritis
- Speed up the healing response
- Relieve digestive disorders
- Reduce symptoms of PMS and menopause
Benefits of meditating over time (1+ years) include:
- Have a younger physiology (bio markers of aging are 5-12 years younger)
- Notable improvements in brain functioning, hearing, and seeing
- Lower levels of cancer and heart disease
- Accelerated stages of psychological development* (you get wiser, faster)
*Stages of Development are major developmental markers over the span of someone’s life, i.e. maturation. Most people go through only 5, 6, 7 stages; even well developed people. Someone who’s really trying to grow and wake up to higher levels of development can maybe go through one stage in 5 years… meditators can go through 2 stages in as little as 2-3 years.