SIX BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS
1 Halt negative thoughts Mindfulness has helped me to curb my addictions, one of which is anger. With mindfulness, I’ve recognised my anger is a bad habit and that all I get from indulging my fix is acid reflux. We all have negative thinking and feeling patterns, and mindfulness is a way of recognising them, forgiving ourselves and nipping them in the bud. 2 Reduce stress Like it or not, empirical evidence shows that mindfulness reduces anxiety, panic and stress. You can’t argue with science. 3 Live longer I’d like to live a long, healthy life. What defines your real age is the wear and tear of your telomeres. Telomeres reside at the end of your chromosomes, which you have in every cell of your body. They’re like the plastic bit at the end of a shoelace that stop it from fraying. How fast they fray depends on how you live your life. Research shows that mindfulness helps reduce the wear and tear of your telomeres so you will stay healthier. I haven’t had mine tested but I’m sure I’m far younger than I really am. I’ve gone to Burning Man festival three times and I can still do the splits (case closed). 4 Enjoy the present Most of us spend about 50% of the time mind wandering: sometimes we have nice thoughts but mostly they’re negative; rehashing and worrying about things that have happened. I figure I’ve missed enough of my life; I don’t want to miss any more. I practise mindfulness so that I can have a front-row seat to my life with no intervals. You can take as many selfies as you want with a chocolate brownie, but nothing compares to that blast of pure pleasure when you bite it. We live for the moment, but nobody tells us how to do it. Mindfulness trains you to stop and look around. 5 Focus on the positive Our ability to pay attention to what we want and away from what we don’t is the gateway to happiness. With so many distractions, it becomes impossible to focus on what means the most to us. We live our lives jumping from one buzz to the next. We are smothered in advertisements, stoking up feelings of envy, comparison and not being good enough. Our attention is our most precious commodity. 6 Be compassionate The idea is to be able to keep your mind stable in the fierce fires of someone else’s pain without getting pulled in or overwhelmed. When someone starts feeling my pain, I end up having to help them. What good is that? With mindfulness, you stand back and make a clear decision on how to help the other person. Someone has to hold the boat steady when that storm comes in.
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