You may have have heard of mindfulness but are still wondering what it is all about. Here’s a short, funny and entertaining video that sums it up pretty well.
Kristen Race, brain scientist and mother, describes the stress of modern life, which our traditional stress response is often not suited to deal with, and describes how mindfulness can help. As a mother she talks about how mindfulness can help in particular for parents and children alike.
Some of the benefits of Mindfulness described by Professor Mark Williams (Oxford Mindfulness Center). With mindfulness, brain patterns evolve: empathy and compassion increases. The amygdala, the part of our brain triggering fight and flight responses, is inhibited with mindfulness. Mark Williams has co-developed the MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) to help people with depression. MBCT has now become one of the preferred treatments for depression in the UK and a number of other countries.
A simple, straightforward talk about the power of just being, even for 10 minutes a day.
Harvard research shows that our ability to stay in the moment is directly linked to our happiness. However our minds wander for large amount of our lives : based on this research, 47% of our waking hours are spent not focused on what we are actually doing.
Here’s mindfulness described by the founder of mindfulness-based trainings, Jon Kabat Zinn, at a talk at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. Mindfulness equates to “presence of heart”.