Mindfulness : For health and happiness

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Mindfulness is a pretty simple word and related to meditation in a unique way. It suggests that the mind is fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing and to the environment around you.

Mindfulness is simply about present moment awareness, focusing on the present and now rather than on everything that’s careering through your mind. That might seem trivial, but so often we get distracted from the matter at hand. Our mind starts thinking so many different things, we lose touch with our body, and pretty soon we’re stuck in thoughts about events that happened earlier or worried about the future. And that makes us less happy and more anxious about the present.

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Mindfulness is simple and can be cultivated through proven techniques, particularly seated, walking, standing, and moving meditation, We can also merge mindful meditation practice with other activities, such as yoga or sports.

India seems to have easily embraced Mindfulness, considering their familiarity with Meditation and Yoga. There are institutes in places as far away as Rishikesh, Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore that guide people in Mindfulness. There are even online programs on the practice. Large tech firms are arranging for their employees to take classes in order to reduce stress and anxiety at work.

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Mindfulness, though, is different from Meditation as when we meditate, we don’t focus on anything else but the act itself. When we’re mindful, we enhance performance, be more aware and increase our attention to others’ well-being.

Experts recommend 10-20 minutes of mindfulness, twice a day, that can be practiced anywhere – home, train, cafe or in the park.

It is documented that mindfulness, even when practised for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits like boosting our immune system’s ability to fight off illness, fighting depression, improving memory, increasing empathy and enhancing relationships.

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