Mindfulness is more fashionable than ever. This method of meditation has proved to moderate anxiety, anguish and fear, stress and sleep disorders. It deals with being aware and with integrating each and every one of our aspects: body, soul, mind.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness has a place in our everyday life. They’re in ads, programs and even in the news, but most people still don’t understand what mindfulness means or how it affects their day to day. In fact, more and more people are exposing their doubts to mindfulness experts, on its meaning and how it can affect their therapies.
Veronica Rodríguez Orellana, from the mindfulness center Coaching Club, explains, Mindfulness is a method of meditation that allows you to be more connected with yourself and your immediate environment. Both Hollywood stars and Google employees follow it. There are increasingly more and more mindfulness followers.
The height of mindfulness is due to the time we live in: an intense search for a place for every person in the world. A battle that is fought within individuals, between the pragmatic and logical, and their free and adventurous spirit.
The meditation technique called Mindfulness deals with being aware and with integrating each and every one of our aspects: body, soul, mind.
We believed that the mind’s intelligence (the brain in action) and the predominance of reason over feelings was what made us efficient, effective, suitable people. That is, happy people but, above all, in people who are more disconnected with their interior. We have allowed ourselves to be more seduced by reason than by emotions, looking at them from across the road. We avoid excessive joy or sadness because they make you fall. We avoid emotions thinking that they’ll lead us to make impulsive, hurried decisions without considering the consequences, and without giving emotions a logical framework of action. Emotions are often temporary – explains Veronica Rodríguez Orellana.
The mind doesn’t experience. The mind thinks.
Mindfulness is a practice that helps us become more aware of the different facets of what we experience in the present moment. We learn how to be truly aware of how we move, how we feel (both physically and emotionally) and how we respond or react to every moment of life, in a state of greater connection with ourselves and with what surrounds us.
When we develop this tool, we can deal with stress and everyday life situations better. For example, it decreases multitasking, doing many things at once. And even though technology is amazing, it often enhances this characteristic and even generates a dependence on it on toxic levels, analyzes the Coaching Club Director.
The plan is to get out of the usual autopilot in which our head usually works. Make everyone become aware of every act, every day. This is what many of the exercises the group coaching processes aim at.
Benefits of Mindfulness
People who have difficulty falling asleep, people who tense their jaws at night and who have recurrent catastrophic thoughts, manage to positively redress this situation in a very short time thanks to mindfulness, which helps modify all these modern life pathologies.
- Reduce stress. Mindfulness isn’t only associated with feeling less stressed, it’s also linked to decreased levels of the stress hormone (cortisol).
- It increases our perspective ability. Mindfulness can help us analyze our problems more objectively and effectively, mindfulness can help us conquer common “blind spots” that can amplify or diminish our own shortcomings.
- It improves academic performance. Cultivating mindfulness is an effective and efficient technique for improving cognitive function as well as improving verbal reasoning performance and short-term memory.
- It helps us sleep better. Training in mindfulness can not only help you control your emotions and moods better, it can also help you sleep better at night. People who practice this meditative technique are less active at bedtime, which can benefit sleep quality and your future ability to manage stress.