You are not your thoughts.
Thoughts are just synapses firing off. They come from our experiences and include biases, prejudices, and criticisms we have heard throughout our lives. Mindfulness is the ability to be in the present moment without needing anything to be different. It is paying attention to right now without an opinion about it. Mindfulness brings awareness to how our body is affected by our thought life.
Yeah, that's great and all, but how do I actually reduce my stress?
We already know that meditation has all sorts of amazing benefits like improved mood, decreased anxiety, better sleep, decreased risk of a heart attack, resulting in higher IQ and creativity. But how do we actually accomplish this?
Mindfulness meditation helps you pay attention to your thoughts, not just during meditation but all the time. When you’re aware of your thoughts, you can view them from an outside perspective. When you view them like this, almost as if they’re not your own, your stress response isn’t initiated in the first place. Therefore, you stress less in general and your reaction to stressful situations is lessened in intensity.
But how do I do mindfulness meditation?
Check out our super helpful infographic for mindfulness meditation instructions.
Meditation (& Other) Recommendations
Lovingkindness meditations were made popular by Sharon Salzberg in her book Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art to Happiness.
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