The term “mindfulness”
Nowadays the term “mindfulness” has become familiar in our society. Its practice has spread in such a way that this meditation technique is widely accepted in the fields of medicine, health, neuroscience, education, business and the world of business, university, sports, psychiatry and many other fields. of knowledge and with the clear purpose of accessing a greater state of well-being through the understanding of our attitudes and knowledge of the mind.
Mindfulness, tries to learn to be conscious and live “awake” in the present moment learning not to judge, identify or be reacting at every moment before everything that exists inside or comes from outside. It is therefore a matter of cultivating a state of attention or awareness full moment by moment, without being under the reverie of the past or in the projection of the future. Live in the here and now. As the Buddhist teacher Walpola Rahula, author of “What the Buddha taught us”, is simply to observe, to realize, to examine; and he adds, “you are not a judge but a scientist who observes dispassionately.”
The practice of mindfulness according to the studies carried out is highly positive to combat stress, anxiety, pain and various alterations, being at the same time a very useful tool to maintain a more serene, lucid, attentive and focused mind. We know well that there is an intimate connection between the mind and the body. When we experience a state of acute stress, our body produces hormones such as cortisol and neurotransmitters such as adrenaline and norepinephrine and the autonomic nervous system starts up, especially the sympathetic functions that trigger the fight and flight mechanisms. When we carry out methods of mindfulness, we learn to realize that this reactivity to the we are subjected daily can be significantly diminished and thus be able to recover our mental stability and well-being.
Moment to moment
The practice of mindfulness that implies being present moment by moment with a nonjudgmental attitude, focuses our attention on what may be happening at the moment, and it is only in the present that we can make changes. We can indicate that fundamentally there are methods of mindfulness that we can consider “formal” and others that have to do with daily life. In the first ones, we can appreciate techniques related to meditation that comes mainly from Buddhism, such as the path of the body or meditative sitting in which the flow of the breath is observed. As for daily life, whatever the circumstance in which one finds oneself – walking, eating, working, brushing one’s teeth, driving, etc., one tries to cultivate the attention moment by moment of such actions, and this It leads to a state of flux, well-being, concentration and releases of tensional states, of concern or concern. The practice of Mindfulness Meditation is a treasure that we must cultivate day by day, moment by moment.
Manuel Agulla – Madhana