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.
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 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. 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. One can practice and be proficient at mindfulness meditation from the comfort of his/her home, and the benefits are worthwhile.