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Psychology & Philosophy of Mindfulness

Psychology & Philosophy of Mindfulness

In psychology, mindfulness has 2 components -

  1. Attention - moment to moment experience. Paying attention to the thoughts, feelings, sensations in the present moment.
  2. Attitude - Paying attention to these with an open attitude... with elements of curiosity, acceptance without judgment (good or bad)

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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The science of meditation

The science of meditation

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

  • Function - In a Yale study...

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How to use mindfulness for physical pain

How to use mindfulness for physical pain

  • Technique - Attend to & accept any sensation you experience of physical pain without making any judgment of "goodness" or "badness" of that sensation. You can ask yourself - "I am feeling pain right now but can I be Ok with this feeling?"
  • A Yale study showed

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- Victor Frankl

"The last of human freedoms -

to choose one's attitude

in any given set of circumstances."

- VICTOR FRANKL

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Mindfulness - the power to choose

Mindfulness - the power to choose

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...

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Mindfulness - where to begin

Mindfulness - where to begin

  • Close your eyes & notice the movement of breath through your body... in and out. 
  • Mind will start wandering uncontrollably to memories, planning for something, things we wished we had done, judging ourself for having wandered, distracted to the incomplete to-do list.
  • Practice...

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How meditation improves overall wellbeing

How meditation improves overall wellbeing

More than 100 psychological studies support the fact that mindfulness meditation improves increased overall wellbeing including

Psychological functions -

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive function
  • Depression
  • Addiction

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Mindfulness is not a magic panacea

Mindfulness is not a magic panacea

The inventor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction proclaims that mindfulness may "be the only promise the species and the planet have for making it through the next couple of hundred years”.

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment without passing judgm...

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