“Mindfulness” is about observing the present moment without making any judgements. It’s also about cultivating compassion for ourselves and for others.
Our lives are usually filled with thoughts and sometimes, we tend to run on auto-pilot. In fact, the average human brain produces between 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. 1 We can slow down our thoughts and focus on what is important to us by practicing daily mindfulness activities.
Science also backs-up the benefits of meditation. A research team at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, analyzed over 19,000 meditation studies. They found that mindful meditation has helped individuals reduce anxiety, depression, and pain.2
Here’s a TED Talk explaining mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe, author of “Get Some Headspace”:
1 Davis, Bruce, Ph D. (2013, May 23). There Are 50,000 Thoughts Standing Between You and Your Partner Every Day! Huffington Post. Retrieved from: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-davis-phd/healthy-relationships_b_3307916.html
2Goyal, Madav, MD et al. (2014). Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-being: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Intern Med. 174(3):357–368. Retrieved from: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/1809754