Mindfulness

“The term mindfulness is an English translation of the Pali word sati. Pali was the language of the Buddhist psychology 2,500 years ago, and mindfulness is the core teaching of this tradition. Sati connotes awareness, attention, and remembering”.

~ (Germer, 2005)

“…What happens in the mind of man is always reflected in the disease of his body…”

~ Renè Dubos; French Microbiologist and Pulitzer Prize Winner

“Stress are unpleasant environmental events and the physiological reactions they cause”

~ Hans Seyle; Canadian endocrinologist Pioneer of Biological Stress

The objective of Mindfulness is for the mind to communicate to the body and become synchronized as one.

Physiological Benefits of mindfulness practices.

The objective is sensory and breath Awareness to simply notice what your environment is telling you without judging it or emotionally attaching to it in any way.
John Kabat – Zinn suggests this process is similar to fine tuning a musical instrument. You must first be aware of its parts before you can expect it to function at optimal level.
Here you are engaging the parasympathetic system or relaxation response. You may notice a reduction in blood pressure, overall body tension, muscle relaxation and an overall sense of calm. It is natural for your mind to wander, that is the nature of the mind, just gentle guide it back to being aware in the moment. This is bringing not only your mind, but your body as well into a state of balance or homeostasis. Notice your ability to alternate your awareness from one sense the other.
Acknowledgement of this mental skill will in time and with practice help you have more emotional balance in your responses to stressful events.

Body Scanning

The objective of this technique is similar to sensory awareness in that all you want to do is notice what your body instead of your environment is telling you without judging it or emotionally attaching to it in any way.

This technique is often used for chronic pain management by empowering your mind to shift the focus of your attention away from pain.

Again, here you are engaging the parasympathetic system or relaxation response. You may again notice a reduction in blood pressure, overall body tension, muscle relaxation and an overall sense of calm.

In addition to this being an effective tool for pain sensitivity and pain management. This is an effective practice to increase your awareness to what your body is telling you about your environment. Tapping into our body’s natural intuition. For example if your breathing changes when you walk into your place of work, your body may be warning you of a stressor in that environment that you may not have been aware of before.

Acknowledgement of this mental skill will in time and with practice help you have more emotional balance in your responses to stressful events.

Mindfulness practices offer powerful tools to learn how to…

  • Self Soothe
  • Manage Stress
  • Self Regulate Emotions
  • Consciously Choose Emotional States
  • Elicit a controlled response to environmental stressors
  • Manage chronic pain, anxiety and sleep disturbances
  • “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

    Viktor E. Frankl

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