IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE RE-LEARN THE ART OF RESTING AND RELAXING. NOT ONLY DOES IT HELP PREVENT THE ONSET OF MANY ILLNESSES THAT DEVELOP THROUGH CHRONIC TENSION AND WORRYING; IT ALLOWS US TO CLEAR OUR MINDS, FOCUS, AND FIND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS.”
-THICH NHAT HANH
What is Mindful Meditation?
Mindful meditation originated from a 2,500 year-old Buddhist practice known as Insight Meditation, used to gain clarity and achieve tranquility with present-focused awareness. It is the practice of embracing the energy of the present moment wholly and without judgment.Mindful Meditation requires becoming deeply attuned to the external environment, as well as the internal processes of the mind.
How Do I Achieve Mindful Meditation?
Meditating requires endless amounts of patience and determination, and is often frustrating in the beginning. For starters, focus on maintaining a relaxed posture in a comfortable setting without distractions. Allow thoughts and ideas to follow the flow of calm, natural breaths. Do not become frustrated, simply enjoy the peacefulness of the moment.
How can Mindful Meditation Improve Creativity?
Creative professionals are encouraged to practice mindful meditation to achieve maximum artistic potential. This is because meditation produces ideal mental and emotional conditions for the imagination to flourish. Essentially, the creative process requires a high level of concentration and attention to detail that is often unattainable. Mindful meditation provides a relaxed mental state necessary ideas that are clear and meaningful.
How Does Mindful Meditation Affect Overall Mental Health?
Although there is a serious lack of scientific studies to support the overall benefits of mindful meditation and its effects on mental health, a recent review of 47 unrelated studies at John Hopkins University suggests it may ease stress, anxiety, and depression. Mindful meditation provides a unique way to reduce obsessive thoughts associated with everyday stress. Practicing meditation regularly may even prevent several negative health effects of chronic stress such as memory problems, nervousness, lack of focus, and irritability.