Mindfulness based therapy offers benefits for both the body and your mentality. The mind has thousands of thoughts running around at full speed between mind and self. Mindfulness helps you to slow the chatter, amp up your immunity, and also minimize your arterial pressure and cardiovascular health risk.
This practice allows your mind and self to be in a relationship of joy and willing participants in the game of life.
Mindfulness is one of the principles associated with meditation. With meditation once viewed as a relaxation technique but is now known for its effectiveness in the healing of the mind, body and spirit.
Mindfulness based therapy is a principle associated with meditation, the awareness of your body’s sensations. Think of it as you are paying attention to your breath coming in and out through your nose. You are in the present moment because your breath is always in the present movement, it cannot be otherwise.
I practice being in the present moment when I am just sitting somewhere nice, relaxed, people watching. I notice their interactions, or a scenery, or the feel of the wind on my skin, or how my body is reacting to a music being played.
This mindfulness makes me more aware of my thoughts and take note of what’s happening around me. Sometimes when I am in this situation, I feel my whole body releasing and my feelings at times can be intense….its like pure joy rippling through my whole being.
Have you ever been so aware of your environment that you experience intense pleasure? That is when the mind is fully relaxed, and healing can be manifested.
Likewise, on the flip side of joy is either pain or sadness.
There are times when my mind is filled with fear of the unknown, the what ifs of life, creating anxiety within my mind. These thoughts can bring me and you sadness and regrets.
That’s why mindfulness is such a great tool because it’s a mental habit you can create, it can be an exercise in treating blood pressure, teaching yourself to be in the moment, in whatever you or I are doing, with all our senses in action.
Meditation is the practice of liberation, it helps us to make friends with our old wounds, fears, anger and loneliness. By doing so we free ourselves.
While mindfulness based therapy can be the act of embracing the moment, mindfulness based meditation goes deeper. It is the deepest levels of consciousness, through a variety of focused attention.
Whether it is deep breathing, chanting, visualization, for when the mind becomes absorbed in something other than thought, it relaxes.
At the start of my meditation, as I adjust my body in the chair into the correct sitting posture, clearing my mind with the saying…I thank you, I thank you, I thank you Dear God.
Then taking a deep breath, I feel the shift in my body. My muscles releases, I actually feel like a weight lift from my brain, and a slight tingling goes through my body.
I feel good, I am opened to the whispers from my divine self. From this relaxation amazing things happens.
And know that it is impossible to clear the mind of all thoughts. But the chatter slows, with moments of quiet, you find your natural attunement with yourself and you discover a new awareness.
My meditation instructor gave me this analogy on meditation which I have never forgotten: He said just like how the ocean can be turbulent on the surface with the waves crashing and rolling around, its movement constant; at the ocean’s depth it is quiet.
So too is the mind….it is active on the surface with thousands of thoughts, but it is also naturally, profoundly quiet deep within, but powerful.
When you practice meditation, you cultivate mindfulness. It brings mindfulness to a more spiritual level where you can feel how everything around is alive, your hearing increases, even the silence can have feelings, and how the energy is communicating with you and the environment.
Think of it as a workout for your mind, where you become familiar with your mind and can realize quickly when your thoughts are running wild or there are negative thoughts surfacing.
You can then catch yourself and change your thoughts to what you want. Have loving thoughts of yourself.
In other words, with the regular practicing of meditation you become familiar with how your mind works, then you can retrain it. But in the moment of mindfulness based therapy your being can be alight with the energy of love, joy and peace.
Mindfulness does wonders for your immunity and increases the gray matter in the brain.
When you experience these feelings on a regular basis, mindfulness based meditation lowers arterial pressure and cardiovascular health risk associated with stress.