Last week we discussed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Here is the link to the online (and free) training program if you are interested in learning different strategies for implementing this practice into your own life: https://palousemindfulness.com/
For those of you who need more convincing…
We get it! Mindfulness and meditation are hard to wrap your brain around. For us, meditation has always been a very abstract practice that was, frankly, hard to grasp. Looking from solely a productive standpoint, it’s just another thing to add to your day. AND… it’s a perfect opportunity to sit and think about all of the other things that you could be taking care of while you meditate. But…what if?
What if the process of learning to meditate could help you get more enjoyment out of the craziness of this world? What if meditation could positively affect your ability to handle stress in all aspects of your life? What if spending 10 minutes a day in mindfulness practice could make you more effective and happy the other 23 hours and 50 minutes of the day?
In our own personal meditation journeys, we have found that it does just that. But we would never expect you to take our word for it. So we wanted to provide you with some evidence that touts the benefits of meditation in real life.
FIRST… first responders experience some of the highest stress levels in our country. PTSD and suicide rates are through the roof in these men and women. Many first responder communities are looking for better ways to handle that stress. In Massachusetts, the Worcester Fire Department trained all of their first responders in a mindfulness based stress reduction program. As expected, some individuals were reluctant at first. Once the training was complete, the benefits of the practice spread throughout the fire house, as well the personal lives of those who participated. They even noticed decreased oxygen consumption during air consumption drills. When looking at the picture, Chief Lavoie hit the nail on the head, “The end goal is to keep our firefighters as physically and mentally fit as we can, so they survive their career and then they have a happy healthy retirement. That’s the end goal,” he said. Click here to read the article and learn more.
SECOND… in this Ted Talk, Andy Puddicombe gives a great visual of the impact that meditation has on anxiety. First, the realization that the anxiety is even there in the first place. And second, the ability to separate yourself from the anxiety and decrease your overall stress. Check it out for a creative explanation of what meditation can do for your life!
If these two resources are not enough, medicine and scientific research are beginning to show the physiological benefits of meditation in the human brain and body. We are putting that evidence together to provide for you in next week’s blog. For now, check out the Palouse Mindfulness Course and give it a try for yourself!
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