The Truth Behind Mindfulness Video

Hey, engineers! Here’s another addition to the healthy selfie series. Today we are going to be learning all about mindfulness,
including what exactly mindfulness is, what the benefits are associated with it,
and how to incorporate it into your daily routine. So to begin, what exactly is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the most popular form of meditation. It is typically done as an
individual practice and helps you to clear your mind, refresh, and reset. Specifically mindfulness is the moment-by-moment
awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding
environment. Mindfulness focuses on the present moment rather than the future —
and most importantly is a judgment-free zone. Why should we practice mindfulness? Mindfulness helps you to recognize your thoughts and to understand how your mind works, so that you are in control of your emotions rather than your emotions
controlling you. Now this doesn’t mean that you should hold your emotions in,
but instead learn how to manage them. Practicing mindfulness daily will help
to improve your focus. This can then help you to refocus your thoughts with the
task at hand, and help you to finish that pset a bit quicker than usual. I’m done? That was fast! How can I practice mindfulness? In
order to practice mindfulness and gain the benefits, it doesn’t need to be going
on a silent retreat for several days [frog night calls] By incorporating mindfulness into your
routine for just five minutes a day, you can still achieve all the benefits. So now we’re going to talk about this guy right here and talk about how the
brain is literally changed when you practice mindfulness. During mindfulness, the left frontal activity of the brain is enhanced which helps our mind find
resilience and also fight infections. Mindfulness increases the density of
gray matter in your brain which is linked to learning, emotion regulation,
memory, and empathy. Practicing mindfulness also shrinks the amygdala
and weakens the connections between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex. This
results in reduced stress and anxiety, less reactivity, and allows for improved
concentration and attention. So now the question is: Why wouldn’t you practice
mindfulness? There are many different forms of mindfulness. This includes mindful eating, breathing, and walking, as well as body scans and anchor words. As long as you are focusing on your surroundings, the world around you, and
all of your sensations, you can practice mindfulness anywhere. An easy way to
begin your mindfulness practice is through an activity that you do every day.
This can be brushing your teeth, combing your hair, or even opening a door. Seriously? This is meditating? It’s true, it can be, and here’s how you can do it. First, choose your activity, and then focus on all of your sensations
including your breath and the noises and the activities around you. Let’s try it
out by combing our hair. Think about how the comb feels in your hand. How does it
feel when it touches your head? Are you breathing?
What noises are around you? Are there any activities going on? And there you have
it. You just practice mindfulness by doing an activity as easy as combing your
hair. Now let’s take a moment think about what activity you can include
mindfulness in, now that we’ve learned all about mindfulness. Let’s go over
some key points before you get started. Mindfulness is just one form of
meditation. It can be done anytime, anywhere, and in various forms.
Mindfulness is simply being aware and being present in the moment. It helps to
reduce your stress and improve your focus. And lastly, mindfulness is a
judgment-free zone. Now you are all ready to begin your
mindfulness journey. You can practice mindfulness on your own, but a great way
to start is through a guided script. The key point to remember is that when you
start to notice judgements arising, make a mental note of them and just let them
pass. It’s quite common for our mind to wander off, so instead of fighting with
these thoughts, instead try and notice them without reacting and then return to
the present moment and start to focus your attention on your breath. Check out
the following links for meditation and mindfulness resources on campus. And
remember mindfulness is just one type of meditation, so it’s important to find
a method that works best for you, even if that’s not the most common type of
meditation. Okay, engineers, thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time!

Jerry Heath

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