Should we be mindful of mindfulness?
The idea is that you actively pay attention to the moment, without judging. It helps the mind to revisit thoughts about the past and to put the future into perspective.
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There is clinical evidence for mindfulness-based cognitive therapy as a way to prevent depression and anxiety.
Mindfulness may be good for other psychiatric conditions including bipolar disorder.
There is also growing evidence that mindfulness is effective for chronic long-term health conditions.
Mindfulness is not a cure all. With all the hype around mindfulness it can sometimes be difficult to tell whether the information is quality-controlled and reliable. We need to be careful not to overstate it's usefulness.
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True mindfulness has been spoiled by an imposter. The imitation provides an excuse to be self-centered and self-indulgent. It promises health and spiritual purity.
Mindfulness is the nonjudgemental awareness of the richness, subtlety and variety of the present moment, not just of the self. It is not the same as meditation, although meditation can form part of it.
Mindfulness acknowledges every moment of existence, good and bad. It is used to stand still in the moment, reflect and gain perspective.
Gazing inward to focus on a connection with yourself cannot deliver magical benefits. Acknowledging your thoughts is not the same as cherishing them.
While mindfulness has some usefulness, we should also realize the benefits when we lose self-awareness, for example when we are in a state of flow.
Mindfulness is the act of being aware of our present experience in real-time.
Normally people start processing inside their minds what they experience, creating perceptions. At its core, ...
Mindfulness can be practised to:
Mindfulness opens up a space inside our minds that helps us respond to outside situations with ease, instead of just reacting impulsively.
We become aware and are able to detect our default setting, which is our ‘driven-doing mind’, and catch hold of it before any impulsive reaction is acted upon. It also helps us arrest our cycle of negative thoughts.
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The most dangerous emotions are the ones you don’t know are affecting you. When you know what happens when the worries start, you’ll be relieved and you'll also be able to do something constructive about them. So make a list with thoughts you have when you get worried, physical sensations and also actions you feel driven to take.
Trying to push the worries out of your head is inherently problematic because to be vigilant about not thinking about something, your brain needs to keep it in mind.
Mindfulness does the opposite by making you aware of your state of anxiousness.
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