In 2014, some of the team members here at ENT Wellbeing are participating in Mindful in May. Not heard about Mindful in May?
The Benefits of Mindful Meditation
There is strong evidence to suggest that regular mindfulness meditation has a positive effect on several factors:
- Changes in brain structure that enhance cognition. Mediation is shown to increase cerebral blood flow to the prefrontal cortex and the parietal lobes of the brain, involved in interaction and stimuli response.
- Stress reduction, and its physical manifestations such as hypertension.
- Improved physical and mental health.
- Protects gene expression and cell degeneration
- Enhanced immune system function
- Increased happiness
How to be Mindful Every Day
Even if some of us are not up for mindfulness meditation every day, we are promoting mindfulness everyday here at the clinic. Being mindful is about being present in the moment, by opening our senses and our minds to what is happening. Being mindful can draw our attention away from our past which might make us feel regretful or away from our future worries. Taking a just a few moments every day to close our eyes are feel ourselves in this moment, can help reduce tension and refocus our awareness.
Mindfulness is not the same as concentration. To explain further, being aware of the task and how we are performing it is not the same as doing the task:
“Some people do not know the difference between mindfulness and concentration. They concentrate on what they’re doing, thinking that is being mindful. We can concentrate on what we are doing, but if we are not mindful at the same time, with the ability to reflect on the moment, then if somebody interferes with our concentration, we may blow up, get carried away by anger at being frustrated. If we are mindful, we are aware of the tendency to first concentrate and then to feel anger when something interferes with that concentration. With mindfulness we can concentrate when it is appropriate to do so and not concentrate when it is appropriate not to do so.” – Ajahn Sumedho
If you are here in the lead up to or during May, come in and pick up a positive, mindful message just like this one from front desk.
Alex – Registered Nurse
This is a great opportunity to do something meaningful for our workplace and for the world. It is also a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about mindfulness and how it can have a positive impact on holistic health. The flow on effects of mindfulness practice can really change your life! This is something I am very passionate about, and I am currently undertaking postgraduate study in Wellness.
“When we change the way we breathe, we change the world” – unknown.
Get involved with social media by using the #mindfulinmay hashtag, connecting via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
In this fast paced world of multitasking and hyper-connectivity taking a pause is a radical act. Sponsor us as this challenge will raise money to transform the lives of the one in nine people in the developing world who struggle on a daily basis to access clean, safe drinking water.
While those of us that are participating learn to meditate and be more mindful, our donations and fundraising will ripple across the world, improving the lives of thousands of people affected by the global water crisis.
Join us in making a difference in the world this May! Follow the link below to view our fundraising page: