The human mind is a fascinating piece of machinery. Unfortunately, its ability to allow us to stay in the moment is limited. For many, the brain is helpful in doing two things: keeping us engaged in memories and experiences from the past or giving us something to worry about (based on the past) that might not even happen in the future. But what about the present moment?
According to this latest Health Canal article, a mindfulness meditation practice is not only the trick to staying in the present moment but it can also have some pretty powerful physical and mental benefits. Citing Marise Fallon, a Master in Clinical Psychology at the UTAS School of Psychology who is currently conducting a study on meditation, the use of mindfulness meditation is already a practice used in many therapies.
Mindfulness is a key part of these different therapies:
- Mindfulness-Integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, used to treat a range of issues including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, chronic pain and post traumatic stress disorder;
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy which has been used to treat anxiety, depression and general life dissatisfaction;
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, used to treat personality disorders; and
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, used to treat disorders related to anxiety anddepression, chronic pain and general life stress.
Read more on Marise Fallon’s study into the benefits of staying in the moment through mindfulness meditation here.