IS THERE REALLY A NEED FOR MINDFULNESS?
Under duress, we don't rise to our expectations, we fall to our level of training.
Mindful Schools (a US based organization that provides mindfulness training to educators, parents, and mental health professionals) states that a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, sensations and surrounding environment is at the core of mindfulness.
We, as adults and especially as children, need to face challenges to develop fully. The stresses that these challenges bring are positive- healthy stresses.
However, the modern education system and corporate culture often replaces healthy stress with toxic stress which arises due to our inability to cope with life's demands. This can impair attention, productivity, creativity, emotion, sleep and even out the ability to grasp new knowledge.
It is very easy that in this fast-paced world, more of us suffer from anxiety, depression, stress-induced obesity and other harmful health conditions.
Backed up by 35 years of research, mindfulness techniques that target the amygdala, hippocampus and prefrontal cortex's development, we can improve attention, self-control, emotional resilience, memory and immune response and even recovery from addiction.
Our mind is what we rely upon to be happy, content, emotionally stable as individuals, and at the same time, to be kind and thoughtful and considerate in our relationships with others. This is the same mind that we depend upon to be focused, creative, spontaneous, and to perform at our very best in everything that we do. And yet, we don't take any time out to look after it.
Need more convincing? To learn more from practitioners of Mindfulness watch the following videos: