Benefits of a Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness is rooted in ancient wisdom practice and over time has found its place in secular Western society. This time tested practice, now being backed by current medical science, is being recognized as a benefit in many areas of our modern culture. For example, mindfulness is being used in healthcare as a tool for becoming a more integrated partner in your own health. It is also being utilized in the military as a way to teach an increase attention and focus, while decreasing stress and anxiety for those on active tour, as well as a method for treating PTSD for veterans returning home. Mindfulness programs are being created in school systems as a way of cultivating social and emotional development for kids. And mindfulness is being practiced by many major US companies; it is recognized that when practicing mindfulness and allowing time in the day to slow down and connect with yourself, your productivity actually improves, as well as your morale. Additionally there are many benefits that mindfulness has on our brain. Mindfulness and meditation is often cited as one of the major ways to live a longer, happier life. Studies show that after practicing mindfulness, people experience more calm and contentment, and a reduction in stress and anxiety. And by focusing on gratitude, we actually have the ability to rewire our brains towards happiness. Overall benefits of cultivating and maintaining a mindfulness practice include:

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  • decrease in anxiety, stress and depression
  • increase in feelings of peace, calm, joy and contentment
  • higher levels of happiness
  • increased mind/body connection
  • reduction of physical medical symptoms and diagnoses
  • lower blood pressure
  • improved executive functioning
  • easier ability to fall and stay asleep
  • increase in decision making
  • improvements in quality of relationships
  • lower bullying instances in school settings
  • higher test scores for students