Uncovering The What and Why of Mindfulness, Paul Taylor (Globe and Mail)
… growing numbers of mental-health professionals have embraced various forms of mindfulness as a way to help patients better cope with our fast-paced modern world.
“Very often, our reactions during times of stress are propelled by habits and reflexes and some of these can be counterproductive,” says Zindel Segal, a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. “Mindfulness lets us slow down and see the mind at work, and the body at work, and choose a response that is more adaptive.” Road rage is a perfect example of the consequences of acting reflexively, rather than mindfully.
7 Great Benefits of Mindfulness in Positive Psychology, by Seph Fontane Pennock (Positive Psychology Program)
In the most basic sense, mindfulness is being consciously aware of your thoughts and emotions. For one to practice good mindfulness it involves the ‘self-regulation’ of attention so that it is focused on adopting a neutral attitude toward one’s experiences in the present moment. There are many beneficial effects on developing and practicing mindfulness. Below are 7 great benefits of mindfulness.
What does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain? (Scientific American)
…Yet until recently little was known about how a few hours of quiet reflection each week could lead to such an intriguing range of mental and physical effects. Now, as the popularity of mindfulness grows, brain imaging techniques are revealing that this ancient practice can profoundly change the way different regions of the brain communicate with each other – and therefore how we think – permanently.
The Power of Mindfulness: How a Meditation Practice Can Help Kids Become Less Anxious, More Focused, by Juliann Garey (Child Mind Institute)
In the last few years mindfulness has emerged as a way of treating children and adolescents with conditions ranging from ADHD to anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, depression and stress. And the benefits are proving to be tremendous.