Mindfulness is a state of mind that is characterized by the awareness of your own physical experiences, feelings and thoughts, without immediately switching to automatic reactions. In order to work towards mindfulness, people can do training, meditation and other attention practices.
Mindfulness is a method that teaches a person to deal in an acceptable way with everything that presents itself in everyday life. Mindfulness means seeing things as they really are. To do this, we must train: training the attention and training the quality of the attention. It’s about practicing observing, giving attention, non-judging, accepting.
People are starting with mindfulness for a variety of reasons: to experience more peace, to worry less, to better cope with stress, to be able to concentrate better, to become happier, to enjoy more, to work more effectively, to sleep better, to (better) be able to relax.
Mindfulness is a skill that you can practice. For this purpose there is the mindfulness training or attention training which, as demonstrated by frequent scientific research, is proven to be effective.
A mindfulness training can lead to the following results:
- Stress decreases and one can better cope with stressful events.
- Improved concentration and performance.
- One can relax better.
- A more positive view of oneself and the environment arises.
- A shift in brain activity takes place to the left frontal cortex: good for a positive state of mind and less anxiety.
- Symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety and depressive feelings decrease.
- People who have had depressions for more than three times, are 50% less likely to relapse into depression after a mindfulness training.
- The only thing you have to do is practice, practice and practice. And if that fails, start again and practice. It’s a thousand times fall and thousand-and-one times rise. Simple, but not easy.