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An introduction to mindfulness

Posted by Andrew Irvine on

So the concept of mindfulness appears all shiny and new. However it actually originates from ancient Buddhist teachings. It is a technique cultivated by Buddhist monks and since taken up by anyone seeking to end the suffering induced by our minds.
The basic concept of mindfulness is about being in the present moment. There are different meditations you can do to help this which are available in video’s on the website.
Mindfulness is a technique that can be used as a daily practise, and a way of being throughout the day.
Practising mindfulness over time can help to reduce anxiety and depression. Research has shown that 8 weeks of practising can increase level of happiness and wellbeing, by reducing an area in our brain called the Amygdala, which is our fight or flight centre. Mindfulness actually shrinks this area. Our Amygdala’s main role it to process memory and it controls our emotional responses such as fear, anxiety and aggression. As this shrinks it helps to reduce stress responses and strengthens more thoughtful decision making. Studies have shown that mindful meditation has reduced the key indicators of stress and hypertension, while also boosting your immune system.
Go watch our video’s on using mindful techniques and allow this powerful concept to change your life.
If you would like to find more information and practises on mindfulness and meditation go to my website: www.helen-blackburn.co.uk