Announcing our first Meetup and Workshop: Befriending Your Mind: Mindfulness Training in the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. Learn Mindfulness Meditation. Book here:
Why Practice Mindfulness?
Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for a short while, say a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits. Here are some of these benefits, which extend across many different settings:
Mindfulness is good for our bodies: A seminal study found that, after just eight weeks of training, practicing mindfulness meditation boosts our immune system’s ability to fight off illness.
Mindfulness is good for our minds: Studies have found that mindfulness increases positive emotions, while reducing negative emotions and stress (pdf).
“Mindfulness changes our brains: Research has found that it increases density of grey matter in brain regions linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation, and empathy”.
Mindfulness helps us to focus: Studies suggest that mindfulness helps us tune out distractions and improves our memory and attention skills.
Mindfulness very importantly fosters compassion and altruism: Research suggests mindfulness training makes us more likely to help someone in need and increases activity in neural networks involved in understanding the suffering of others and regulating emotions. Evidence suggests it might boost self-compassion as well, lacking a great deal in our daily lives and so important for improved quality of life.
Mindfulness enhances relationships: Research suggests mindfulness training makes couples more satisfied with their relationship, enables each partner to feel more optimistic and relaxed, and helps them feel more accepting of and closer to one another.
Mindfulness helps schools: There’s some scientific evidence that teaching mindfulness in schools reduces behaviour problems and aggression among students, and improves their happiness levels and ability to pay attention. Teachers with mindfulness training show “…lower blood pressure, less negative emotion and symptoms of depression, and greater compassion and empathy.”
Mindfulness helps fight obesity: Practicing “mindful eating” encourages healthier eating habits, helps people lose weight, and helps them savour the food that they do eat.
Payment can be made via EFT in South African rand: Reduced to R350. Contact me via email.
From the Greater Good – The Science of a Meaningful Life: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition