The experts at Shakti teach us the benefits of mindfulness and how to apply it to everyday life
Mindfulness is a word that has been floating around for quite some time, coming under the umbrella of health and wellness– it is a term that is used to describe our mental state and being aware of what we are doing in life. Mindfulness is a very simple yet effective form of medication where you focus your full attention on your breath, mind and body. Many health experts and public figures swear by this form of meditation, and many apps and books have been released on how to find your peace of mind and become more calm.
It’s no secret that meditation is a therapy used in many cultures, helping a person become one with their mind and body. Some of the earliest written records of meditation come from the Hindu traditions of Vedantism around 1500 BCE. Around the 6th to 5th centuries, other forms developed in Taoist China and Buddhist India.
WHAT CAN MINDFULNESS DO FOR YOU?
Over time mindfulness can help bring long-term changes to your mood and happiness levels as well as wellbeing. Studies have shown that mindfulness has a positive effect on the brain, preventing depression and targeting anxiety, stress and irritability. Additionally, you will find that your memory and reaction times become much faster with your mental stamina increasing. Mindfulness also reduces addictive and self-destructive behaviour including drug taking, alcoholism and self-harming. Doing meditation can also improve the heart and circulatory system by reducing blood pressure and hypertension.
HOW DO YOU DO IT?
With mindfulness being tried and tested much more in this digitally engaged world, meditation classes are easily found nearby. Attend with a friend if you’re nervous, or download one of the many apps available on app world. Easily practice in the comfort of your own home with the help of countless books available on mindfulness and meditation.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
The effects of mindfulness meditation depends how much you practice. Most people find that it takes at least 20 minutes for the mind to begin to settle. You must invest your time and yourself into the art of meditation to see long term results. Many people have found it improves their lives, but most after weeks maybe months of meditation. It is not an instant gratification exercise and each person is different. Your outlook and willingness to learn will determine how much it changes your attitude towards life.