Food for Thought: The Practice of Mindfulness

By Celia Lambert, PhDfood_for_thought_logo

Thousands of large population based research studies have documented the physical, mental and emotional health benefits of the practice of mindfulness.

Jon Kabat-Zinn launched Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since then the model has been adapted for schools, prisons and hospitals.

Theses studies have shown that after practicing a variety of mindfulness exercises, for a number of weeks, participants have experienced many benefits some of which include the following:

  • Less illness and a boost in their immune system
  • Increased positive emotions and decreased negative emotions
  • Reduction in stress
  • Help with focus
  • Improvement in memory and attention skills
  • Enhancement of relationships
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Greater capacity for compassion and empathy
  • Reduction of anger, hostility and mood disturbances
  • Improvement in ones general quality of life

The simple objective of a mindfulness exercise is to bring you and your awareness into the present moment.

Would you like to give a mindfulness exercises a quick try?

Take a grape or a raisin and put it in your hand. Feel the weight of it, notice its temperature, it’s texture and it’s color. Pop it into your mouth, roll it around with your tongue, notice how that feels then bite down on it. Taste the flavor in your mouth and the new texture. Take your time. Savor the experience and repeat.

Conclusion is a moment-by-moment awareness of our surroundings developed through mindfulness exercise helps us cope better with any difficulties in life.

Celia Lambert, PhD is an Author, Speaker and Personal Growth Coach. She works with clients to improve aspects of their lives, including, nutrition, relationships, mental emotional and physical health, anxiety, depression, and other issues like eating disorders and self-destructive behavior.

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