It’s about paying attention to the present moment with awareness and without emotional reactivity.
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Research indicates our mind wanders 50 percent of our waking hours. Internal and external distractions easily disrupt our attention from the task at hand.
To gain control over our attention and keep it stable, one solution is trying mindfulness training.
It can be broken down into two major categories:
“[Meditation] is not about clearing the mind; it’s about focusing on one thing. When the mind wanders, the meditation isn’t a failure. Our brain is like a wayward puppy, out of control. Catching it and putting it back to the object of focus is the mediation.” -- Brooks, director of the Austin Psychology and Assessment Center
Sleep heals our mind and body, but in today’s fast-paced and distracted world, many people are sleep deprived, wreaking havoc on their attention spans, mood and brain functioning. Less sleep also results in weight gain, distress and risk of insomnia.
Mindfulness, or meditation/movement techniques that cultivate awareness and aid rest can tame our never-ending thought patterns, calming our minds for a better sleep.
It improves our concentration, effectiveness and, in general, our mood.
Living and thinking about the past makes us feel guilty or depressed, and thinking about the future makes us anxious. On the contrary, when we live in the present moment we just enjoy what we have now.
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