Psychology & Philosophy of Mindfulness
In psychology, mindfulness has 2 components -
It has a long history in Buddhist philosophy and is a part of larger set of practices to reduce suffering and increase enduring happiness. Mindfulness meditation is used to cultivate the state of mindfulness. It does to our mind what exercising does to our body - makes it stronger & more flexible.
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Our experience of life is influenced by the events that happen, but more so by how we respond to them.
We have the power to choose or at least practice getting better at choosing our response to what happens in life. Mindfulness helps us do this effectively.
Our attitude cannot erase physical pain or the need for may be medical assistance, but it can help make the experience better, or at least stop it from feeling worse -
A little bit of mindfulness at the right time can go a long way. Practice makes it even more effective.
Experience based neuroplasticity - brain continuously makes or strengthens some connections & breaks or weakens other.
Meditation can significantly alter our experiences of stress & change our brain -
More than 100 psychological studies support the fact that mindfulness meditation improves increased overall wellbeing including
Psychological functions -
Biological functions -
"The last of human freedoms -
to choose one's attitude
in any given set of circumstances."
100 people standing in a circle in an order 1 to 100.
No. 1 has a sword. He kills the next person (i.e. No. 2) and gives the sword to the next (i.e. No. 3). All people do the same until only 1 survives. Which number survives at the last?
Use this Study Matrix tool to help you fight the vagueness in your mind about what to do first.
In the A box write all the topics that you're unfamiliar with ( The ones you'll want to focus first).
In the B box write down the topics you know but that do need revision.
In the C box write the topics that you know pretty well.
You can use the D box for random notes ( Tips, exams etc.)
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