Mindfulness is the art of just doing one thing at a time. If you read job-postings for employment in the United States, it is common to see “must be able to multi-task” and “be able to work under pressure” listed among necessary qualifications. The truth is juggling a hundred things during the day leads to chronic stress and reduced productivity. Multi-tasking is a thing of the past. Uni-tasking is the cool thing to practice now!
When you practice mindfulness, you focus on one task at a time and be fully present completely experiencing what is happening in the moment. MBSR is increasingly being considered a viable complement to conventional healthcare. Research conducted in both the corporate and clinical settings indicates incorporating MBSR programs help to:
- Reduce: anxiety * blood pressure * BMI * depression (symptoms & rates of relapse) * pain * stress
- Improve: cognitive function * concentration * focus * immune function * quality of life
- Increase grey matter & decrease hippocampal atrophy
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way on purpose in the present moment and non-judgmentally. ~Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Mindfulness: Be Happy Now is a documentary that was made to share the practice of mindfulness with those who might not know where to start.