Our lives in these times are full of stress and anxiety. Even if your days are not filled with hectic schedules, you are sure to run into hectic periods. Practicing mindfulness is a great way to relieve some of that stress. Through meditation, you can focus on yourself, letting all your thoughts of judging yourself for things that are happening to you go away. When 80% of adults in this country experience stress every day, the importance of being able to calm your body and mind cannot be overstated.
- Mindfulness is modeled on a stress reduction program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1970s.
- A study by Sara Lazar first showed that mindfulness meditation can alter regions of the brain.
- Harvard’s current course catalog features several classes related to mindfulness and meditation.
“Part of mindfulness’ appeal lies in the fact that it’s secular. Buddhist monks have used mindfulness exercises as forms of meditation for more than 2,600 years, seeing them as one of the paths to enlightenment.”