Mindfulness as a Solution

From 2 research papers:

” MBT (mindfulness based therapy) is an effective treatment for a variety of psychological problems, and is especially effective for reducing anxiety, depression and stress.”

“Mindfulness= based stress reduction improved mental health and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy prevented depressive relapse.”

‘It’s well known that mindfulness has been rigorously prodded and probed by neuro-scientists, and has received a certain stamp of approval. In fact, another incarnation of Kabat-Zinn’s work has come to be known as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, which is leading an incredibly successful, drug-free charge against the modern epidemics of anxiety and depression.’

                                                                                                                   The Times

This makes so much sense if we remember Dr Derek Roger’s definition of stress as ‘ a preoccupation with emotional upset’. This refers to the dangers of constant rumination: “She shouldn’t have said that – it was hurtful.”     “No-one has the right to shout at me like that! Next time I’ll……”    “I don’t need someone like that as a friend She knows I didn’t so it on purpose…..”      “He should have remembered….”

When we entertain thoughts of past and future that have an emotional thrust, our fight-or-flight response thinks we are under threat. Adrenaline and cortisol flood the system unnecessarily – our blood pressure goes up, we tense up and our immune system is compromised. That is stressful.

In our minds we futilely try to change the past or worry about what might happen in the future. Remembering to live in the present eliminates the stress caused by fantasising about past and future. Living in the Now invariably evokes a deep peace and contentment, a joy in just being alive. Whenever you remember use your 5 senses to bring you into the present – so simple, yet so effective. (Chapt 5: The Stress Connection )

Remember to be kind and gentle with yourself.

The full book can be downloaded as an e-book from Amazon on  http://www.amazon.com/Living-Now-Jill-Jacques-ebook/dp/B009FBT0QU/  or, Search by typing in: Living in the Now by Jill Jacques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The full book can be downloaded as an e-book from Amazon on  http://www.amazon.com/Living-Now-Jill-Jacques-ebook/dp/B009FBT0QU/  or, Search by typing in: Living in the Now by Jill Jacques

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About Jill M Jacques

I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and have spent most of my life here doing the usual things - marrying, having children and caring for an array of pets ranging from dogs to silkworms and chameleons. I first became interested in philosphy and its practical application in everyday life in my early 20s and spent many years as part of a group that pursued this goal. Drawing on this experience, I have been running "How to live in the Now" programmes for over 10 years. I wrote this book in response to requests from group members for something "simple and practical". I tend to see the funny side of life situations and enjoy writing humorous back pages as well as short stories and some poetry. Some of these have been published. Being here now is what really matters.
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