Many of our courses, such as memory or speed reading, focus on just one specific aspect of cognitive performance. There is one area, however, that is arguably more basic, more fundamental, and which impacts on every other element: that is, simply, becoming aware of the mind itself. We call this mindfulness.
Cultivating mindfulness will help you be more engaged, alert, observant and thoughtful at all times. As you become more practised, you will learn to eliminate thoughts that are distracted, rushed or panicked. Instead, you will be calm, controlled, reflective and insightful. You will be able to bring complete mental focus to everything that you do in any situation and this ultimately means that you will become more efficient, more effective and more productive.
This can have further beneficial effects, for example, a more balanced perspective on life, increased confidence and the increased respect of those around you. You are likely to start cultivating new habits, re-examining your unreflective actions, doing things not simply because you have always done them, or because others around you do them, but because you have made a genuine, thought-through decision to do so. Thus, it is likely to impact on every area of your life, bringing more genuine joy and fulfilment and leading to a life fully lived.
Education in mindfulness will enable you to stay focused, relaxed, and concentrated on the present moment. Doing so has positive psychological and physiological effects such as enhanced concentration and attention. Over time, it can lead to profound changes in your life, making you calmer, more thoughtful, more relaxed, more well-balanced and well-rounded.
People who undertake mindfulness training for an extended period of time effectively rewire their brains. Different areas of the brain become active and brainwave patterns change. Memory improves, concentration improves, the ability to hold ideas in the mind improves, attention improves and observation improves. Furthermore, mindfulness training has various health benefits such as reduced blood pressure and a lower resting heart rate. Physical benefits such as reduced muscular tension lead to increased flexibility, better reaction times and better overall physical performance.
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