“Being mindful means simply letting our thoughts come and then go – without reacting to them, without allowing the circus of meaningless mental activity to persuade us that it is more real than we are.”
The healing benefits of mindfulness is the reduction of stress. It is being focused on the here and now, rather than being distracted by the unrealities of what might come to be, or what might have been.
Being mindful does not happen overnight. Daily practising of meditation and yoga has helped me understand the many layers of mindfulness. Mindfulness is an understanding that when we let go of conditioned mind patterns and detach from thoughts that do not serve us, we are free to live in the moment
Stress is the root cause of human unhappiness, and most of us believe that stress is caused by the events that happen outside ourselves, when in fact it is caused by our minds and that often ends up in our bodies, manifesting as pain and disease.
There is plenty of scientific evidence that proves that mindfulness practice has many health benefits including blood pressure and helping depression and healing diseases such as cancer and chronic illness.
The choice between mindfulness and mindlessness is up to us each day in our choices.
“Stress comes from how we perceive events, rather than from the events themselves.”
Ultimately we are responsible for our health and how we react in our daily life. Mindfulness can help restore our vitality for life and embrace life fully. When we let go of our cluttered thoughts that steer us into to the illusion of the world, we are able to see life from a higher perspective and understand that we don’t always have to react in the same way.
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Become aware and mindful of your thoughts and your reactions. When you react differently to the stress of life, you will begin to see how life reacts differently to you and you will understand the power of mindfulness
“Respond; don’t react. Listen; don’t talk. Think; don’t assume.” – Raji Lukkoor