The Practice Of Mindful Being
Mindfulness is an ancient practice however, research today confirms the practice of mindfulness or meditation can decrease stress levels and improve mood , sleep, immune functioning, chronic pain, just to name a few.
Brain scans of those who do meditation and mindfulness demonstrate how these practices literally change the architecture of the brain, and in very helpful ways. In particular, the frontal lobe of the brain, the part responsible for insight, self-awareness, abstract reasoning and empathy, gets thicker, so to speak. This gives you an increased capacity for perspective-taking – to see more than one point of view and not take things so personally. So when you are mindful, you have the ability to observe a situation and choose how to best respond, rather than to just react.
Furthermore, research has shown that yoga, meditation and other forms of mindfulness can decrease stress levels and improve mood (anxiety, depression), sleep, immune functioning, chronic pain, just to name a few. It has also been shown to help individuals get over self-sabotaging habits. It can even impact the rate at which you age.