Thirteen Reasons to Cultivate Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the foundational skill for a well lived life. That’s no exaggeration. It takes some time to really get there. Once you have it figured out, it’s something you have to keep doing over and over. Yet it adds so much to your life that you will get far more out of it than you put into it. Like what? Here are thirteen reasons to cultivate mindfulness.

  • Pain relief. This may be because some professionals feel that all pain is psychological. If your mind is still, your pain is either reduced or it disappears!
  • Thinking is faster and more efficient. Yep, you blow past all that clutter and can cut to the chase better.
  • Better sex. The tendency is to pay attention to what is new. This is why honeymoon or “new” sex always seems more exciting. Mindfulness makes every time new because you’re fully present.
  • Better mood.¬†When you accept that things are as they are and let go of what you can’t change, there isn’t a whole lot to feel anxious or depressed about.
  • Increases a sense of connection with others and the universe as well as a sense of belonging. This reduces loneliness.
  • Lower stress. Those who practice mindfulness have more of a “chill factor” than those who don’t.
  • Less obesity. As high stress is related to belly fat, perhaps it is because those who practice mindfulness have less stress that they also are less inclined to be obese.
  • Empathy increases among those who practice mindfulness.
  • Less distraction. If you’re one of these people who can’t finish things because your thoughts go everywhere, this is a way to lessen or end that.
  • Better overall health. Lifestyle is a huge factor in overall health. Those who cultivate mindfulness have fewer heart, gut, blood pressure, cancer, and other health problems.
  • More emotional resilience. Ah, and you thought this was genetic! No, you can train your brain to bounce back and be flexible. Imagine all the scenarios where that can be useful.
  • Keeps you mentally alert. There are some that say that mental slowing is age related. Nonsense! If it were, we’d all experience it. Practicing mindfulness is a great way to keep the mind working as it should.
  • Boosts creativity.
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