Mindfulness and Well-Being

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One of the most unpleasant properties of our mind is the fact that it becomes bored so quickly and is constantly searching for diversions. It tends to remove itself from the present moment and turn to things that appear to be more attractive in some form: things that it can chase after (attachment) or that it can reject – all of which are certainly problematic in some way. And we become quickly entangled in whatever we are focusing on. As a result, we lose sight of what is attractive in the present moment.

 

Top problems of our mind:

 

  • Boredom
  • Distance from the present moment
  • Turning attention to apparently more attractive objects
  • Entanglement in attachment or rejection, which are related states of mind

 

In the application of mindfulness,we become directly aware of these problems and release the entanglement through the process of letting go.

 

The application of the individual techniques (mindfulness cascade) of mindfulness-based pain therapy (MBPT) can also help with the difficult states of mind and stressful emotions in our completely normal everyday lives. This allows us to achieve a distinctly tangible increase in the quality of our life.

When approached in a correct and involved manner, mindfulness can have a deep transformational effect on our daily life and even make it possible for us to patiently tolerate extraordinary hardships. The list of positive results possible with a mindfulness practice is long…

 

The Long List of Possible Results with a Mindfulness Practice

 

  • Life “slows down” because we get the feeling of (finally) having time once again for the truly important things in life
  • Friendliness to ourselves and others, improved relationships
  • Strengthening personal responsibility
  • Gaining insights about life patterns that cause stress
  • Relaxation as a byproduct
  • Serenity in stress situations
  • Instead of waging war, we leave the battlefield
  • Greater intensity and consciousness of life
  • Inner peace (quiet/contentment vs. absentmindedness/ dissatisfaction)
  • Strengthening the ability to concentrate
  • Decrease in anxiety, depression, and stress
  • Decrease in the tendency to ponder (entanglement in emotions)
  • Decrease in self-harmful behaviors (impulsiveness, running away)
  • Increased performance in work and leisure
  • Improvement of self-knowledge and self acceptance
  • More joy, love, spontaneity, and ability to be empathetic

     


Copyright Dr. Peter Tamme and Dr. Iris Tamme

Last update: September 8, 2012