What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness began as a buddhist tradition. It is a seated meditation technique that focuses attenion on breathing, bodily sensations and mental relaxation. The primary focus of this form of meditation is on one's current physical state, living in the moment.

Mindfulness involves six neuropsychological processes that lead to a person's meditative state of self - awareness:
• non - attachment and decentering (letting go of the ego)
• intention and motivation (to achieve mindfulness)
• attention regulation
• extinction and reconsolidation (changing behaviours or attitudes)
• emotion regulation
• pro - social behaviour (a sense of empathy for others).

Mindfulness increases brain gyrification (folding of the brain tissue), which allows the brain to process information more efficiently, providing a better grasp on life's stressors. What else does it do? It fights PTSD, improves academic performance, helps regulate emotions, fights anxiety and depression, fights memory loss.
Mindfulness, in addition to reducing stress and boosting relaxation, can lower stress-induced inflammation, which contributes to many physical ailments. It reduces rheumatoid arthritis, fights chronic pain, reduces heart disease risk, helps irritable bowel disease, improves sleep, lessens cold and flu effects, and even aids in weight loss.

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