Doesn’t it feel like life is just one non-stop merry go round? The ultra-hectic pace and pressures of modern everyday life can make you feel tired, weak and overwhelmed.
The feeling of emotional pressure and constant anxiety can lead to ongoing elevated stress levels. This kind of chronic stress can lead to everything from depression to inflammation.
It can also lead to increased cortisol, the hormone you release in response to stress. It stimulates your heart rate and gets you ready for a fight. Chronic cortisol suppresses your immune function and can cause atrophy of muscle and bone.
Let’s take a moment to relax and practice a technique, I’ve come to appreciate. It’s called the mindfulness technique. What’s “mindfulness”?
The word mindfulness is the English translation of the Pali word Sati and refers to being conscious, aware, observing, or paying attention. It is a state where you have to stay psychologically present and ‘with’ whatever happens in and around you, without reacting in any way.
This enables you to respond consciously and reflectively, rather than react poorly to internal or external events.
By practicing a few simple “mindfulness” techniques you can:
- ➢ Re-focus your mind
- ➢ Bring about a sense of peace and well-being
- ➢ Re-energize yourself
- ➢ & Think your way to better health
It offers positive self-reinforcement and empowerment. And it can open up a promising new direction to help you find the inherent wisdom and sanity we all have.
Mindfulness is a health-giving tool that can guide you through almost any challenge life can throw at you. All you have to do is tap into your innate awareness and sensitivity and you’ll find that most of your stress and even a poor attitude will melt away, leaving you to enjoy a healthier life.
It can be practiced in a group, with friends … or even be practiced as a family or within your community.
You won’t believe the huge effect this will have on your everyday life, your overall health and your state of mind.
Top 3 Mindfulness Techniques
There are several different mindfulness techniques you can use in your everyday life so that today’s crazy world doesn’t bog you down.
They’re completely free, take only 10 minutes, and ask nothing of you other than to sit or stand, focus, and breathe.
- “Vipassana” Meditation: is the breathing technique that the oldest system of healing in the world, Ayurveda, has used for thousands of years. It is an insight meditation that cuts through the conventional perception to perceive mind and matter as they actually are. It’s concerned with the present moment and staying in the now.
- Bhavana: used in Bali they use a slightly different method for creating mindfulness through meditation. It’s designed to help you improve your relationship with others and the world around you.
- Qi-Gong: The ancient Chinese meditative system is called Qi Gong (it’s pronounced chee-gung). It’s based on the notion that every life begins and ends with a breath. So our breathing gives us our power to be healthy. Qi-Gong uses mental concentration, body movements and breathing techniques.
By incorporating mindfulness techniques in your daily life, it will help purify your mind to eliminate stress in your life. After a while, you’ll start to notice a change in your sense of well-being. You’ll have reduced stress, and less tension in your back, neck, and shoulders. Most of all, you will achieve a greater sense of calm and wellness that will keep you healthy and youthful.
But no matter which technique you choose, when your mind and body are working together, you’ll realize that you are more present in your daily life.
By being more mindful and present, you will be able to increase total body wellness and overcome stress.