Change your brain (and your body)

February 19, 2016

In a recent New York Times article, a new study suggests that there is some science behind claims made for the benefits of mindfulness meditation.  I am glad to see the proof - I know that when I practice mindfulness meditation or try simply to be more mindful in my life, it has a profound affect on my state of mind and body.  I feel more engaged with the world around me and somehow more at peace.  Mindfulness also helps me deal with negative events and emotions in a way that doesn't deny the existence of these feelings but allows them and lets me almost ride the negativity.

 

Having taken a course on mindfulness for stress reduction, I sometimes use elements of what I've learned in the counselling room.  Clients can be sceptical - 'you want me to close my eyes and you're going to do a body scan?'.  But they are often amazed at how different they feel in a matter of 5-10 minutes.  Mindfulness can help with many areas of their lives - anxiety, overeating, stress.  And it is something they can practice outside the counselling room, for the rest of their lives.  So give it a go!

 

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/02/18/contemplation-therapy/?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

 

 

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