Don’t Worry Be Happy: Mindfulness Meditation becomes mainstream to stop stress.
The use of mediation is becoming a popular way for people to combat everyday stress and relax. Since stress and worry lead to much more serious issues, it is important to pause and simply enjoy the moment of “now”. This form of mindfulness and self-realization are timeless practices of Buddhist and Indian yoga traditions and now scientific truth helps support their claims.
As avid followers know, the benefits of meditation are great and have an impact on mind-body health. But now researchers of the Justus Liebig University and Harvard Medical School suggest that mindfulness meditation can improve immune system function, reduced blood pressure, and enhanced cognitive function. For some time these facts have been known and health-care providers actually suggested to patients to adopt a mind-body therapy to help with the pain and stress of conventional treatments. But now, studies of existing data show why mindfulness meditation produce the effects they do.
Using a framework approach to the understand the mechanics, researchers indentified four key components of mindfulness: body awareness, attentions regulation, sense of self, and emotion regulation. These four ideals work together to help the person identify and combat any mental and physiological effects due to stress. Since the four components are closely connected, the focus on one can ultimately affect another, and then cause a chain reaction. This is important to clinicians to help identify the root of the problem and tailor a unique mindfulness program for the patient.
Researchers of the mindfulness effects on the body and mind hope that the news will spread even more into society and make people want to use mindfulness meditation to facilitate change in health or everyday life. Many meditation facilities around the country have established specific programs to teach how to identify problems and form a program around them, and even have group sessions. Researchers hope this form of meditation can be molded to help patients deal with the pain and stresses of medical treatment.
Conventional therapies for chronic conditions or cancer, are harsh on the body and can lead to a great deal of stress. The use of a mindfulness meditation program could help fight against symptoms of treatment and lead to an easier road to recovery.
“Each meditation session is a journey of discovery to understand the basic truth of who we are. In the beginning the most important lesson of meditation is seeing the speed of the mind. But the meditation tradition says that mind doesn’t have to be this way: it just hasn’t been worked with.”