Mindfulness

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In our daily lives we exhort our family, friends and colleagues to be mindful of particular things in order not to be ruinous or be disadvantaged in some way.  For example one may caution earnestly by saying: “Please be mindful of the small print in the contract.”  However, mindfulness is broader than that; the term also encapsulates several aspects of being.

There are slight variances of definitions of mindfulness; in this written piece I will use one of the simplistic versions.  Mindfulness is a mental state that is achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations[1].

Mindfulness is used as a therapeutic technique in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) in treating various disorders.  MBCT is said to have the potential to improve one’s well-being, mindfulness, emotional regulation, positive mood and spiritual[2] experience, while reducing stress anxiety and other problems.

However, from a proactive and not reactive approach to well-being, one can learn and practice mindfulness as per the definition in the second paragraph.  Mindfulness meditation is a specific technique that one can use to help develop the capacity for mindfulness[3].  Research shows that the physical health benefits of mindfulness include: an improved immune system, lower blood pressure, and better sleep.

The Mindfulness Meditation Institute informs us that you can also improve your self-esteem through mindfulness meditation[4].  One can practice and be proficient at mindfulness meditation from the comfort of his/her home, and the benefits are worthwhile.

[1]  https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=mindfullness&oq=mindfullness&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.7683j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

https://staroversky.com/blog/applying-mindfulness-based-cognitive-therapy-to-treatment-of-depression

https://www.psychiatry.org/news-room/apa-blogs/apa-blog/2016/06/mindfulness-practices-may-help-treat-many-mental-health-conditions

http://www.mindfulnessmeditationinstitute.org/

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Spiritual Intelligence

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Spiritual intelligence is a type of intelligence rooted in higher consciousness, being sensitive on a spiritual level and being discerning.  Spiritual intelligence entails knowing your life purpose, working towards fulfilling it, and working to increase your spiritual intelligence quotient (IQ).

Increasing your spiritual IQ involves expansion of your spiritual awareness, discernment, choices and actions.  Awareness entails being aware of the physical and metaphysical.  Discerning as in having wisdom speaking with wisdom and choosing wisely. Your actions should also be guided by and be able to take spiritual laws into consideration.

By having, using and improving one’s spiritual intelligence, he/she can be said to have a compass that can be used to helpfully navigate their way in existence.  Existence transcends the limitations attributed to a particular time, and goes beyond what is commonly known to us empirically.  Having real knowledge of what exists that is not necessarily physical.

Spiritual intelligence can be sought and further improved by those who are interested in doing so.  One the modes through which we can seek and further improve our spiritual intelligence is meditation.  Meditation aids one in increasing awareness and transcending one’s physical body by journeying to other realms or dimensions.

Some of the resultant feelings soon after meditation are feeling relaxed, refreshed and focused; some might say fired up.  The recurring challenge about spiritual intelligence is to improve it further, which is similar to being much more evolved spiritually.  Those who are highly spiritually evolved also have the challenge of how to reconcile with others who are much less spiritually evolved, in a supportive and loving way.

With spiritual intelligence, one can more ably follow their heart and do what they love doing, do it well, thrive and get a sense of fulfilment of their life purpose.