An excellent resource for improving wellbeing
Mindfulness practice trains our minds to work for us, rather than just do their own, fairly random thing from moment to moment. Short term, this allows us to be calmer, more clear, and generally happier. Long term, the health benefits are widely acknowledged, whether we are discussing a stressful business environment or day-to-day domestic problems. For example, her is an excerpt from a well-researched book that asks some basic questions:
- Are those who turn to alternative medicine deluded, or are they on to something?
- Can our thoughts, beliefs and emotions influence our physical health?
- Can we train our brains to heal our bodies?
Jo Marchant, an award winning journalist with strong academic qualifications, says this in her most recent book:
There is good news. External problems – debt, rocky relationships, having a child with autism – do not generally damage our bodies directly. What harms us is our psychological response to those circumstances; not the state of our environment, but of our mind. And that is something we can control.
The impact of Mindfulness Meditation (and its parent, Zen) is acknowledged as well:
Our internal monologue of spontaneous thoughts is thought to be generated by a set of brain regions called ‘the default network’, which is most active when we are not focussed on external tasks. Pagioni found that the meditators could down-regulate the activity of this network, and that they were able to return to this calm more quickly than inexperienced controls after being distracted.
This book is packed with helpful insights for anyone wanting to improve their quality of life, whatever the starting point and reason for doing that.
Cure, by Jo Marchant, P171 and P184