Mindfulness : Reduce Anxiety & Be More Productive

Mindfulness is a practice of cultivating awareness of the present moment with non-judgement

 

The essence of Mindfulness lies in two important aspects:

  1. Non-judgment i.e. witnessing whatever arises (thoughts, feelings, memories, body sensations) without resistance and clinging. And through arises the wisdom of
  2. Impermanence which is realizing that the phenomenon of nature or everything is to ‘come and go’. This wisdom helps one develop more calmness with whatever arises and goes

This essence leads to amazing healthy changes in the brain and body which in turn leads to psychological, emotional and physiological well-being.

The process that will be applied to help participants achieve this would be the following:

  1. Sitting meditation ( meditation on the breath and body scan)
  2. Walking meditation
  3. Eating with awareness
  4. Conversations with awareness
  5. Loving Kindness (Metta) meditation
  6. Participants will be made aware of the science behind mindfulness (which will involve insights from latest research)
  7. One-on-one Q & A with the teacher

Amongst the many benefits of mindfulness practice here a few important ones:

 

  1. Mindfulness is good for our bodies: A seminal study found that, after just eight weeks of training, practicing mindfulness meditation boosts our immune system’s ability to fight off illness.
  2. Mindfulness is good for our minds: Several studies have found that mindfulness increases positive emotions while reducing negative emotions and stress. Indeed, at least one study suggests it may be as good as antidepressants in fighting depression and preventing relapse.
  3. Mindfulness changes our brains: Research has found that it increases density of gray matter in brain regions linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation, and empathy.
  4. Mindfulness helps us focus: Studies suggest that mindfulness helps us tune out distractions and improves our memory and attention skills.
  5. Mindfulness enhances relationships: Research suggests mindfulness training makes couples more satisfied with their relationship, makes each partner feel more optimistic and relaxed, and makes them feel more accepting of and closer to one another.
  6. Mindfulness is good for parents and parents-to-be: Studies suggest it may reduce pregnancy-related anxiety, stress, and depression in expectant parents. Parents who practice mindfulness report being happier with their parenting skills and their relationship with their kids, and their kids were found to have better social skills. 

Mindfulness helps schools:

There’s scientific evidence that teaching mindfulness in the classroom reduces behavior problems and aggression among students, and improves their happiness levels and ability to pay attention. Teachers trained in mindfulness also show lower blood pressure, less negative emotion and symptoms of depression, and greater compassion and empathy

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Jyothi Shyamsunder is a Mindfulness & Neuroscience in Leadership Coach from Bangalore.

She has been a Mindfulness practitioner for over 4 years now. She has done extensive research, study and teaching in Mindfulness and Neuroscience of Mindfulness in Leadership and her conclusion is that by leading a life of Mindfulness one realizes that one’s own brain and heart are indeed temples.

Jyothi believes that regular practice of Mindfulness nurtures virtues like kindness to self, compassion and gratitude. In a world filled with violence, distrust and unhappiness it helps people lead peaceful and healthy lives.

Simply put Mindfulness is an everyday practice of ’brain brushing’ for brain hygiene just like brushing teeth is essential for oral hygiene.

Jyothi deeply admires the work of Dr. Dan Siegel, Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute and professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Dr. Paul Gilbert, British clinical psychologist, ex-head of the Mental Health
Research Unit, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

She is involved in mindfulness and neuroscience in leadership interventions with schools, parents, corporations, NGOs, sports. Currently she is writing a book on Mindfulness and also intends on publishing her work on ‘how mindfulness helps nurture a Compassionate Mind’.Her belief – ‘my own body, brain, life and relationships are laboratories and it continues to be a fascinating journey of daily experiments. I do not know what else to do apart from leading a life of Mindfulness’.

Her religion is ‘Gratitude and Kindness’

For more information visit :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6cv9LOfR5Q

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbywooLBudM

Date & Timing : 20th May, 2017 (10.00 AM – 6.00 PM)

 

Contact : Roshni
Phone : +91 9717469268
Email : celebrate@zorbathebuddha.org

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