Meditation Leads to Mindfulness
Many of us spend a great deal of time thinking about the past or future instead of paying attention to what we are actually experiencing in the present moment. We relive old, sometimes unpleasant events, and can even re-experience the emotions that went with them. Or, we project ahead and, in some cases, experience anxiety about future events or situations. We spend a great deal of time and energy thinking about things we cannot change, or things that may never take place. When this happens, we are distracted from the reality of the present moment. We lose touch with the reality of our life. For some this can lead to states of emotional distress, which may even manifest as chronic pain.
Mindfulness can free us from this state of distraction and allow us to live fully in the reality of the present moment. And it is such a simple practice! Anyone can do it. Anytime. Anywhere.
Mindfulness is simply the awareness and acceptance of the experience of the present moment.
Science suggests that the practice of mindfulness can have significant and lasting heath benefits. People who practice mindfulness on a regular basis report lasting decreases in the physical and psychological symptoms associated with stress, depression, anxiety and other life challenges. They find it easier to relax and easier to cope with pain. They find that they have more energy, a sense of purpose, and a greater overall sense of well being.
Although mindfulness can be brought into every yoga class, two of our classes have a specific mindfulness component, with more time and guidance for meditation:
If you are interested in the science of mindfulness check out this BBC Report
I have also written a blog on the benefits of meditation and mindfulness here.
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Another great resource for mindfulness based stress reduction which is completely free is the Palouse Mindfulness Program