Mindfulness is abuzz all around us. . It is in the media, offered as counseling or recovery options, and in self-improvement classes. Don’t forget to be mindful while you eat, parent and sleep. There are books, CDs, downloads, and television channels dedicated to helping us to be more mindful.
As it turns out, mindfulness is rooted in Buddhism with a Western twist. According to Keng, “it is a miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life.” It is the act of being present in the moment with acceptance and without judgment (2011) This is a tall order for people living in our fast-paced, hectic and technology dependent world.
Does it work? Is it really possible to restore the wholeness of my mind in a flash? Can I breathe my way into having a healthier, more centered life? Researchers are finding the answer to my questions may be “yes.” Studies show that mindfulness may have an impact on controlling blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, tobacco cravings, pain management, and insomnia. It is used in conjunction with the treatment of medical, mental health and addiction recovery. The Harvard Business Review discusses the workplace benefits of overall employee wellness and productivity (2015).
Still uncertain about how mindfulness works? Try looking at UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center to get a free introduction to mindfulness. They offer eight guided mindful meditations from Complete Instructions to Breathing to body scan for sleep, and kindness. These sessions are offered in English and Spanish.
Quick links to the UCLA guided sessions:
- Breathing Meditation
- Breath, Sound, Body Mediation
- Meditation for Working with Difficulties
- Loving Kindness
- Body Scan Meditation
- Body Scan for Sleep
For more information about mindfulness checkout The Ohio State University Ohioline: http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/hyg-5243-0