14 Benefits of Mindfulness. {Infographic}

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Buddha in Meditation Mystic Lens

Mindfulness, for me, can be elusive. How about you?

After studying this infographic and perusing all the benefits of mindfulness (and how mindfulness actually works), I’m going to be more mindful about being mindful.

Instead of scurrying through my to-do list (which includes, by the way, slowing down and breathing) at record pace, I’m going to set an alarm every hour and dedicate at least five minutes to meditation. This can be as simple as looking out the window at trees. Or walking outside and breathing in some fresh air.

My numero uno roadblock in life is anxiety and, hey, if mindfulness can alleviate that, then mindfulness needs to become my middle name. My bff!

So, without further ado, may I present the mindfulness infographic so you, too, can learn its benefits and how it all works:

mindfulness benefits infographic

Relephant Links:

The Popularity Craze of Mindfulness in Our Culture. #walkthetalkshow

How to Access the Mindfulness Within You.

How to Meditate Every Damn Day. (No, seriously!)

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anonymous Feb 12, 2016 3:59pm

I have been practising mindfulness which in Pali language is called as Vipassana since i was 18. Its been a 12 years journey for me and i must say its wonderful. I have seen lives transform around me. I have seen people beating cancer as well as depression. Yes i agree to start with it, is difficult. But with practise it becomes easy.

anonymous Apr 6, 2015 9:42am

The concept for the second page is blatantly ripped off from Knopf’s Oliver Sacks book covers.

anonymous Dec 15, 2014 1:50am

Mindfulness carries powerful benefits for health and stress relief. Increasing your capacity for mindfulness supports many attitudes that contribute to a satisfied life. Being mindful makes it easier to savor the pleasures in life as they occur helps you become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events.

anonymous Apr 30, 2014 11:03pm

Article is filled with nonturths. First, Mindfulness is not a seated meditation. There are four formal practices in Mindfulness: sitting, standing, lying and walking. Second, as someone has already pointed out, Mindfulness does not "fight" anything. Mindfulness is not something than can be commented on by reading about it. It has to be experienced. That is why the training is 8 weeks long. Another point: Mindfulness effects each of us differently. Because the research points to benefits that effect the general population does not mean that each person will receive those benefits. If you take a Mindfulness training, you will probably be asked to set aside your preconceived notions of what Mindfulness should do for you, take the training and notice what happens as a result of it. Mindfulness is not a form of cognitive therapy. Mindfulness techniques and training are used to supplement cognitive therapy in the treatment of mental disorders. Also, it doesn't "work." You cannot make Mindfulness work for you any more than you can make yourself go to sleep. With sleep, you create the conditions for it to come to you. You cannot make sleep happen. And so it is with Mindfulness. You create the conditions for Mindfulness and it will come to you. This is the quality of non striving.

    anonymous Jun 22, 2014 1:10pm

    Conservative angst, mindfulness i a cognitive phenomenon that exists rar removed from any dogma you are referring to. Just because his article doesnt mentaslly masturbate to your belief system, this does not mean that it's completely out of left field for a generalized (and likely) non-denominational or organizational approach.

    anonymous Aug 30, 2014 5:04pm

    as a mindfulness practicing person i think some of your reply is not correct. mindfulness is a form of cognitive therapy – if that comment is not taken literally. it is being used by therapists everyone to help people deal with dissociation, fear, depression etc. and it works for people. mindfulness is not about whether you sit, stand, walk etc. , it can be done anywhere anyhow. your comment that 'mindfulness will come to you' suggests an end point – whilst there certainly are times of being at ease, mindfulness more often can be about the journey of arriving, not the destination. you have made some interesting points but i feel you have perhaps been a bit literal and have suggested your own concrete answers. e.g. training is 8 weeks long? well, it can be and it can be less or more. cheers.

anonymous Apr 16, 2014 3:05am

Lets not forget liberation….!

anonymous Apr 15, 2014 8:56pm

Spirituality and Science together… This is good! :-))

anonymous Apr 5, 2014 11:05pm

…you lost me at mindfulness 'fights', it's a fundamental impossibility.

anonymous Apr 2, 2014 7:14am

How does it aid in weight loss?

    anonymous Apr 5, 2014 4:40pm

    I think that, as we become more aware of what we eat and the process of eating, we naturally tend to eat less. There are whole books written on mindful eating, because most people don't often spend mealtime focused on eating and the food, but rather on conversation and texting and reading and a hundred other things. We don't realize that we've reached that point of being full, because we aren't paying attention. Eating has become, in society, so much more than just taking in sustenance and it's often difficult to control with a focused awareness.

anonymous Mar 26, 2014 10:45am

have an android or iphone? let technology help you with your quest for mindfullness. download the very simple app “mindfullness bell”. you can adjust the frequency, volume, etc of a Tibeten bell sound to help you stay present :-)It’s free

Priyanga Darshana De Silva Jun 22, 2018 9:06pm

Developing mind fulness improve our spirtual ife and help to attain self satisfaction.

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Very Informative Post. Wonderfully Explained. :)

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Avatar Yoga School Nov 15, 2016 9:06am

Mindfulness Can: Help relieve stress, treat all heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties. http://www.avataryogaschool.com Very Helpful

Kaivalya Yoga School in Rishikesh Nov 10, 2016 5:53am

Mindfulness meditation is very unique in that it is not directed toward getting us to be different from how we already are. Very helpful information :) http://www.kaivalyayogaschool.com