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Here’s How Mindfulness Can Benefit You

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Here’s How Mindfulness Can Benefit You

“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It is … receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.”

— Sylvia Boorstein

Mindfulness is a remarkably simple thing.  Ironically, the hardest thing about it is remembering to practice it. Mindfulness is basically just acknowledging your current state without trying to alter it in any way. Why practice mindfulness, you ask? Well, the benefits of it are seemingly endless. Here are just a few.

1. It Reduces Stress

The practice of mindfulness meditation has been proven to lessen stress and anxiety amongst practitioners. Don’t believe us? Check out the numerous studies that say ‘truth!’

2. Mindfulness Can Improve Physical Health

Scientists have discovered that practicing mindfulness can help lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain and even treat heart disease.

3. It Can Help Us Get to Know Ourselves

It’s true. A study in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science shows that mindfulness can shed light on certain areas of ourselves that we are unaware exist, thus helping us to grow.

4. Practicing Mindfulness Can Improve Sleep

Say no more, we’re in. But just in case you’re curious, mindfulness practice helps to decrease thought activity, allowing us to fall asleep easier.

5. It Can Help Us to Focus Better

In an eight-week study performed by Harvard University, participants who practiced mindfulness throughout the study were significantly better at concentrating by the end of it than those who did not.

What has been the biggest benefit you’ve discovered from practicing mindfulness? Let us know on Facebook!

 

Trina is Founder and CEO of Conscious Good, dedicated to media for a healthier, happier life. She was the Founding Director of Tribeca Film Festival, COO of Tribeca Entertainment for five years prior, Head of Content for GAIAMTV’s (Gaia). Trina is also an avid meditator and completed her 200 hour kundalini yoga teacher training (as taught by Yogi Bhajan).

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