Mindfulness is based on mindfulness and is increasingly practiced in society, do we know its benefits? What does mindfulness do for our health?
Today we intend to detail the benefits that I have experienced as a result of the constant practice of mindfulness and how I have managed to integrate the habit into my daily life.
How have I adopted the habit of leading a mindful life?
After starting with written meditations, with a deep work of self-knowledge from the hand of a psychologist and having included in my weekly routines the practice of yoga and meditation, the adoption of the habit of living with full attention has responded more to the need / convenience of the moment, that the objective that I could have set.
When you realize that, really, there is a different way of living from life and that the well-being experienced does not resemble anything previously known, what else can you be born to do? Well, live with full attention to the present moment and be happy despite the ups and downs of life!
The way I practice mindfulness today ranges from writing a diary, making brief formal meditations, bringing my attention to the present moment when I live the purest happiness and, even, consciously experiencing anger, arguments and pains, for example.
This has not happened overnight, of course, but I assure you that when you start to meditate and develop the ability to observe what happens in an attentive, separate and unjudged way, you are not born to behave otherwise. Trust me!
In my first book, Slow Life, Practical Guide to a real change of life , I talk about all the small changes that a person can make to experience that transformation that is talked about so much and one of the most repeated recommendations is «ask yourself what proposal connect with you ». As well! That’s where the capacity for observation comes in: as you wonder what connects with you, you develop and at the same time make use of your capacity for mindfulness.
If you wonder how to start meditating, you have a lot of information on the internet, such as on this website or my own blog, Spiritual Woman.
And what changes have I noticed in all this time?
As I said, the main change that one experiences when one begins to live with full attention is a kind of deep and inexplicable well-being that usually survives all kinds of ups and downs.
Of course we continue to get angry, stressing and living a human life, as humans we are, but believe me when I tell you that the experience of living changes radically, you make better decisions, you connect with your goals and purposes, you release more easily what you already It does not serve you and you cling to well-being without conditions.
Now, in my experience there are seven specific benefits that are worth commenting in order to encourage you to try it, but you have already launched. We go with them!
- Managing the stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety do not disappear because life continues to put on tests and we continue to generate thoughts that stress us, however, the practice of mindfulness helps to improve our relationship with these sensations and with their sources. We better identify when we are stressed or when we are experiencing anxiety, and develop the ability to respond to it from calm, trying not to add stress to stress.
- Improvement of relationships with others. The practice of mindfulness when we interact with people improves the experience and helps us to keep an active listening, not to feed our internal chatter and to better understand what may be happening inside the other person. This is essential to nurture our compassion, understanding and empathy towards others, which ends up improving our relationships.
- Identification of emotions and ability to decide on it. The mindfulness teaches us to observe and enables us to notice what happens at all levels. We notice our thoughts, the emotions that are triggered, what feelings we have and where they came from, etc. Sadness will remain sadness, and shame and insecurity too, but by experiencing them separately, as an outsider, we understand that there are circumstances that make us feel this way and that, far from fighting against it, we can embrace it like any other life experience.
- Work well-being: less stress and more organization, alignment and faster decisions. Since I practice mindfulness at certain times of my days, I have noticed that my relationship with work becomes more bearable. Normally, responsibilities weigh us as obligations and we try to move forward with work based on willpower and to repeat that “we have to do it.” Mindfulness has helped me a lot to notice when something is hurting me and what my tendency to face that situation is. When I observe that I am “forcing myself” to do something instead of connecting with my deepest desires, I simply pause and reconfigure my perspective... And this has shown me greater well-being, better time and stress management that certain tasks or deadlines produce for me.
- Improvement in rest and sleep reconciliation. I will not lie to you, I love to sleep and I usually find it very easy to fall asleep, however, I have my days, like everyone else. With practice I have developed my own relaxation techniques, my way of allowing worries to pass by and not sticking to them.
- Awareness about my happiness. Without a doubt, this is another of the benefits that I have been able to experience and that I think is important to highlight here. Has it ever happened to you that you are having such a happy day that it flies by, and when you want to realize it is over? It happens often with vacations, with a party, on graduation day, when you go to a wedding, etc. Well, the practice of mindfulness has taught me that in those moments I can bring my attention to the present moment and live it with intensity. By bringing my consciousness to the happy moment, I manage to live it and not just pass by it. Test it! By the way, I invite you to read «Holidays and mindfulness» where this topic is also discussed.
- Notable changes in the experience of anger, outrage, discussions, etc. . Indeed, the experience of getting angry, indignant and having discussions changes completely. In the first place, I have noticed that I get a lot less angry, I am slightly indignant and I almost never argue about anything, sometimes I wonder if this is mindfulness or apathy!
Apart from jokes, getting angry having the ability to practice mindfulness at all times is very interesting because the storm that usually makes us explode never takes place. In my case, I notice what is making me angry, I notice how I feel and try to understand why I am getting that way. During those seconds my mind looks at the fire without adding more wood! So on many occasions I end up understanding that something makes me angry, but I don’t experience anger as such, I don’t know if I can explain myself!
The practice of mindfulness in the present moment not only presents theoretical benefits, but there are studies that are demonstrating the changes and many people who are experiencing them. I encourage you to try it!
And, I didn’t want to finish this writing without commenting on something, in case you have been practicing mindfulness, yoga and meditation for some time, or trying to learn on your own, don’t despair! If you have not noticed changes like the ones I have told you, do not worry, we are all different and live different experiences.
It may take a little longer to notice a certain benefit, and yet you are already living another one that I don’t even know exists. These seven benefits that I have told you are totally my personal experience and, as such, it can be very different from yours!