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BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
In the past, when most people thought of meditation, they imagined a bald man sitting pretzel style in silence, perhaps dressed in orange robes surrounded by gongs. However, as time has progressed people have begun to rebrand meditation as mindfulness, a widespread practice that is an option for anyone and everyone, despite religion or beliefs.
If you have yet to look into the practice of mindfulness, you may be surprised that it is a psychological experience that allows you to connect to the present moment, while providing numerous benefits to your everyday life. These benefits reach further than what some might assume to be a "zen" experience, considering the physical and mental benefits this practice can provide. Here just a few of the ways that practicing mindfulness can improve the perspective of your daily life:
1. Decrease in Anxiety
You may have a stressful schedule that may make you feel like taking extra time out of your day to practice mindfulness could hinder your time management. However, many studies show that when implementing mindfulness into your daily routine can have a profound effect by lowering your stress levels. When you're less stressed, you become more centered and feel in control of the tasks that you must accomplish. If you feel the need to decrease the levels of stress in your life, take some time to do a simple internet search of free guided meditations that will help you remember that you can overcome your anxiety, and the stress you experience will pass by as the days go on.
2. Increase in Focus
We all have work to do, whether it be in school, household chores, work assignments, or other duties that require our focus. Sometimes, these responsibilities can scare us into the many distractions that surround us every day. Luckily, the practice of mindfulness, even if only for about ten minutes, can remind us of the task at hand-- as well as our ability to accomplish it. Even a short practice of focus centered mindfulness meditation can turn a cluttered mind into focused energy that will encourage us to achieve our goals in a timely manner.
3. Appreciation and Kindness
Many types of mindfulness meditation focus on different goals. Love and kindness guided meditations allow us to see the world and people around us with a more loving perspective. We all feel irritable from time to time, which may be triggered by other people or situations we have no control over. Through the practice of mindfulness, we can look at the world through a new lens. Through this view, we can find ourselves less angry about the predicaments we have no authority over. Along with this, it is easier to connect and appreciate the people that surround us, rather than criticize their actions or personality.
These are only three of the many benefits of practicing mindfulness in our daily life. Luckily, many online resources can help you begin your journey into a more mindful and self-aware being. Don't discount this practice before you try it, and don't give up immediately if you don't see results right away. Progress takes time and hard work, but it is always worth it in the end.
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