Benefits Of Mindfulness Meditation
“The one single most benefit of mindfulness meditation will remain the reduction in stress”
Mindfulness is related to the awareness of the present in a way that you are totally cut off from your past and have no worries about your future. You are living in the present only and your whole being is focused on the present moment. No worries from the past, no anxieties of the future, no regrets of wrong decisions in life; just you and your surroundings.
When mindfulness meditation arrived in the West, it was considered to be some sort of a cult. But psychologists like Jon Kabat-Zinn quickly caught on to the awesome potential of mindfulness meditation. After extensive studies it was established that mindfulness meditation was quite useful in combating stress, chronic pain, anxiety and depression. Since 1970, mindfulness meditation has earned a firm place in clinical psychology.
Mindfulness meditation has been equally recognized by various religions as well as secular elements around the world. Though the forms of meditation have differed from place to place, but nobody has ever rejected it as a mere hocus pocus. Its effects are so powerful that internal architect of human brain is altered if the meditation is practiced long enough. It especially brings about changes in the activation symmetries in the prefrontal cortex. These changes were previously thought to be brought about only when the positive effects took charge to speed up recovery from a negative experience.
It has now been firmly proved that couples who practiced mindfulness meditation developed a stronger relationship. Similarly, prolonged mindfulness meditation strengthened the immune system to a marked degree. But the most common benefit of this simple activity is the reduction of stress, which in fact is the root cause of many major health issues. Mindfulness meditation is not only instrumental in cutting down on the apparent stress, but is also helpful in significantly reducing the relapse of depression. It has also been found helpful in aiding quick recovery from surgical trauma and chronic pain.
The one single most benefit of mindfulness meditation will remain the reduction in stress, which has been associated with high blood pressure, diabetes, male and female infertility, impotence, premature aging and clinical depression. This comes about because of the underlying principle of this form of meditation. You concern yourself only with the present and put everything aside. It is just like when your home electric circuits are over loaded, they tend to blow a fuse. The moment you reduce the load, things get to normal. Mindfulness meditation is that break which saves you from any serious damage.
Adapted by, G Ross Clark