Mindfulness is the process of bringing your attention to the present moment, which you can develop through the practice of meditation, breath work, body-scan, walking meditation, guided imagery, mindful eating, etc. If you're a little intimidated by the idea, just know that you, with your fast-paced life and mile long to-do list, can start enjoying and benefitting from mindfulness meditation by putting in a little effort and and even smaller amount of time.
Here are 3 really good reasons to start a mindful meditation practice today:
Sharpens your mind.
Meditation increases mental strength, focus, memory retention and recall. It enables better cognitive skills and creative thinking, better decision making and problem solving.
Improves your physical health.
There are a number of physical benefits that come from meditation, most of which seem to tie back to the decrease of stress. Meditation improves immunity and energy levels, improves breathing, heart rates, and reduces blood pressure.
Increase emotional well-being.
Meditation lessens worry, anxiety, and impulsivity as well as stress, fear, loneliness and depression. It enhances self-esteem and self-acceptance. It improves resilience against pain and adversity, increases optimism, relaxation and awareness. It also improves mood and emotional intelligence.