Mindfulness is a powerful process that can heal mental, spiritual, and emotional pain. The Dalai Lama, for instance, lives in a state of mindfulness all the time. He lives in a world where there’s no stress about the past or the future, and exists fully in the right now without holding back from attending to life’s ups and downs.
When you master mindfulness, you will experience a complete overhaul of your life. A positive evolution will occur that may surprise you. That’s not to say life will be perfect, but you’ll be able to brave whatever storms arise.
Incorporating mindfulness in everyday life becomes a new, more mature way of dealing with life. Your mind then has a new kind of reference. This is how mindfulness alleviates behaviors and puts you back in control of your life.
Here are 7 of the most brilliant benefits of mindfulness.
1) Mindfulness reduces rumination
Studies have shown that mindfulness reduces rumination, which is a major contributor to stress and anxiety disorders.
Ruminating is when you repetitively go over a thought or problem without finding the solution. Some might call it obsessing.
Mindfulness allows you to look over that part of you that ruminates. There is the ego part of you that talks and talks while you sit at the higher level, the seat of consciousness.
When ruminating takes over (when you’re not being mindful), you get stuck in stories. When you stay up there, in that high level, you don’t buy into all the things that cause you misery.
2) Mindfulness reduces stress
When you’re more mindful, you chip away at the “monkey mind” and it becomes quieter. Let me assure you, you’re not missing anything. These thought processes are only causing you misery and grief.
There have been 39 studies that have explored mindfulness-based stress reduction. Researchers have found that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is effective in many clinical disorders. Practicing mindfulness at home for smaller issues you face daily is just as advantageous.
You prevent the onset of clinical mental disorders and decrease negative emotions that may be causing your life to be less than pleasant.
The next time you start to feel angry, anxious, or frustrated, try exploring the feelings that come up. Where does the tightness sit? In your throat or belly? This is mindfulness. Not trying to avoid the feelings, but standing up to them, is what will quiet them down.
3) You are able to focus more effectively
Mindfulness helps you focus on the rest of your life.
Through disciplines like meditation, you learn how to keep your focus on one thing at a time. You’re not easily distracted.
A study compared a group of experienced mindfulness meditators with a control group that had no experience. They found the group of experienced meditators had a greater attention span.
When you practice mindfulness in a controlled setting, you’ll begin to figure out how it works – the feeling of expansion in the mind and the relaxation of all the muscles in the body. Once you get the hang of focusing and centering in your quiet place, you can start using it where it really counts.
When life becomes demanding and everyone is talking at you, you can briefly go in and center yourself. Instead of the monkey mind panicking and causing you to lose focus, you can quickly manage priorities.
If you’re experiencing stress at work, you can take a minute to center yourself.
4) A rise in emotional strength
Some people can’t control their emotions or have extreme sensitivities. This makes it a challenge to flow through life without a care in the world. Which, by the way, is our right. To enjoy life.
Researchers have connected mindfulness meditation and self-reported mindfulness to attentional functioning and emotional elasticity. They found that people who practice mindfulness have less emotional reactivity.
This doesn’t mean that you have less compassion, you’re just able to help others because you’re not having a melt-down in a crisis.
Through mindfulness, you begin to work through repressed emotions. Instead of shying away from what comes up in life, you learn to feel it and let it move through you. As you practice this more and more, you don’t hit those emotional edges that trigger hurt, anger, and sadness.
5) Mindfulness gives you the freedom to live fully
When you hide away past emotions, you essentially put yourself in a cage of your own making.
The only way out is to push through the uncomfortable truths you’ve been repressing. If you go near the edge of the cage, you feel extreme discomfort. In that place of discomfort, you can finally deal with past trauma and pain. Mindfulness is the key to escape from your emotional cage.
The more you deal with past emotions through mindfulness the less emotional disturbance can occur. Emotional disturbance is based on something that happened to you long ago, something you haven’t let go of. Through mindfulness, you can let go and then you can be free.
6) Mindfulness promotes relationship satisfaction
A person’s ability to be mindful can be a predictor of how good a relationship will be. When you practice mindfulness, you’re more likely to respond well to any challenges or stress that arise in a relationship. You’re aware of your emotions and can communicate your feelings without blame.
Studies have found, through empirical evidence, that mindfulness can protect you from overreacting to relationship conflicts.
Let’s face it, relationships aren’t always easy, but when you can incorporate mindfulness, you can ease conflict. If there is no solution right away, you won’t become anxious. You won’t fall into the storytelling of your ego and cause an unnecessary flight.
What you will do is truly listen to what the person is saying. As you listen, you don’t try to defend yourself. Instead you mindfully consider how you can help the person. If you experience emotions coming up, you don’t react. You feel them out instead. You pay attention to whatever tension comes up in the body and try to understand why you’re affected.
This helps you to own what’s yours and not react to other people’s drama.
7) What you can see, you can change
When you’re willing to look inside of yourself, you can see what isn’t working.
When you feel insecure, instead of avoiding the feeling, you can investigate. As you practice more and more, your mind will begin to reveal where these feelings really come from. It may be a moment in your childhood where you felt abandoned or ignored.
When you can grasp what is really going on and what emotions are stuck in your body, you can be rid of them for good. It only takes confronting these old bits of energy to truly be rid of them forever. This is how you evolve and move forward with your life without fears that make very little sense.
You can be calm in a situation that would normally stress you out. Life is always changing but when you’re open to changing too, it’s not so uncomfortable. You can quickly adjust and even benefit from it.
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