From the point of view of mindfulness, as long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than wrong with you, even if you are sick or troubled or in pain and things in your life feel dark and out of control. What is “right” with you holds the key for regaining control of your life and growing beyond your problems. Through the practice of mindfulness, you can learn to build on your fundamental strength and vitality and imagination, whether or not you know they exist when you start out.
Rather than withdrawing from the world, mindfulness meditation can help you enjoy it more fully, more effectively, and more peacefully.
A typical meditation consists of focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Focusing on each breath in this way allows you to observe your thoughts as they arise in your mind and, little by little, to let go of struggling with them. You come to realize that thoughts come and go of their own accord; that you are not your thoughts. You can watch as they appear in your mind, seemingly from thin air, and watch again as they disappear, like a soap bubble bursting. You come to the profound understanding that thoughts and feelings (including negative ones) are transient. They come and they go, and ultimately, you have a choice about whether to act on them or not.
Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation
Live in the moment
By paying attention to whatever is happening right now, you can enjoy the richness and fullness of life.
Improve your health
Regular mindfulness practice provides numerous well-researched health benefits.
Brain research confirms that mindfulness meditation increases your happiness and overall well-being.
Reduce your stress
Scientific studies consistently demonstrate the benefits of mindfulness in the reduction of stress.