The mindfulness approach to wellness has a vast application within the world of therapy. Its universal application allows for its benefits of calmness and understanding to arise in a diverse range of clients. The mind and body are strongly connected, and therapists who take a mindfulness approach encourage their clients to strengthen this connection. By knowing the brain health of a client, a therapist can utilize the mind body connection in virtually all forms of therapy to help the client address stress and come to terms with their feelings and emotions. The body’s reaction to stress is a fairly universal one.
Annotated Bibliography The projected study attempts to design a research that would examine the competence of mindfulness therapy. The design would evaluate the progress of the selected individuals who are receiving mindfulness therapy in comparison to those receiving another kind of therapy over a given period of time. The following articles will discuss about the effects of mindfulness therapy to different kinds of patients. Fjorback, L.O., Arendt, M, Ornobol, E., Walach, H., Rehfeld, E., Schroder, A., & Fink, P. (2012). Mindfulness therapy for somatization disorder and functional somatic syndromes – Randomized trial with one-year follow-up.
Mindfulness: A Path to Happiness The aim of positive psychology is not simply to treat mental illness in individuals and communities but to allow them to thrive (International Positive Psychology Association, 2009 cited in Compton & Hoffman, 2012). One way in which positive psychology has cultivated happiness in individuals and communities is through mindfulness. “Mindfulness is paying attention to ones ongoing experience in a way that allows openness and flexibility. It is being fully present and aware during our daily activities” (Compton & Hoffman, 2012). There are two different types of mindfulness which have been used to improve well-being these are Ellen Langer’s approach and the buddhist approach.
Barker (2010) describes how mindfulness originates from Buddhist traditions that have been practiced over thousands of years and can be part of many traditional therapeutic approaches. Mindfulness is about being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in the present moment, accepting them without judgment. Rather than habitually reacting to stressful situations, unwanted thoughts, or unpleasant feelings, it enables you to be a compassionate, accepting, and non-judgmental observer of
Furthermore, when we are not paying attention is the time when the mind gets up to ‘mischief’ in the form of worry and rumination which are at the very heart of anxiety and depression. Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace. It teaches us how to use the mind in a different way and to focus on the things that are most useful and helpful in our lives thus helping us to live more consciously and fully. BENEFITS: MEDITATION AND ILLNESS: Research suggests that meditation may help such conditions as: • Allergies • Anxiety
Patients all had prior experience using ayahuasca ranging from acute to chronic use; these ayahuasca users also had an impact on creativity due to the different brain regions. It was found that ayahuasca could potentially enhanced memory and creativity. It is believed to be caused by the increase of blood flow to different parts of the brain that are involved in creative thinking “The ayahuasca-induced enhancement of divergent thinking could potentially be linked to the effects ayahuasca exerts on brain regions involved in creativity.” (Kuypers, K. P. C., et. al 2016, Pg. 3398).
It is clear that mindfulness should be taught and practiced by all NBA teams because it aids the coping of pain, fear, and stress, it increases situational awareness, focus and resiliency and benefits the physical health of athletes. By reducing the size and functions of parts of the brain in charge of fear, mindfulness helps athletes stay calm, cool, and collected. Likewise, mindfulness changes the way the brain computes judgements, increasing awareness and resilience. Lastly, by increasing physical health, mindfulness supports an athletes ability to perform to their full potential. The growing wave of interest and curiosity about mindfulness is going to change the way that the NBA views health and performance and with the playoffs right around the corner the league is set for a mindful finish of the
Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without prejudice, for instance, that there’s a “correct” or “wrong” way to think or feel in any given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts and minds adapt into what we are sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. Which meaning to say, accepting any given situation without and judgemental state of mind. It is a state of openness to novelty in which the individual actively constructs categories and distinctions (Langer 1992). Cultural intelligence is a one’s capability to adapt effectively in situations characterized by cultural differences.
These days we stay stressful all the time, which affects our health condition exponentially. Meditation is the key to make us stress free and bring back to our basic nature which is staying happy all the time which does not mean that we should leave our responsibility. By taking more responsibility without affecting our basic nature is the key to be better person in
Meditation/mindfulness reminds teens that there is a way to get instant gratification when it comes to stress, pain, and anxiety which exists right in front of their faces. It shows them that they are indeed special, which is a key factor for change when someone is covered in a cloud of depression. And, this is not in the traditional way that modern society expresses it via social media. Everyone is unique; everyone brings something important and sacred into this world. Meditation guides young people with depth and truth to their self-worth.