Mindfulness and meditation have been shown to alleviate feelings and symptoms of stress- both physical stress (pain) and emotional/ mental stress. By anchoring one’s attention to one’s breath or another tangible sensation, we allow the mind to stay in the present moment, rather than become pulled by the ever-changing winds of one’s thoughts.
Instead of falling into a cycle of anxiety, guilt, and shame; mindfulness practitioners are able to recognize that thoughts are simply that- thoughts. They do not necessarily have a basis in reality. By creating some space between the individual and her thoughts; mindfulness, quite literally, blows for space to breathe and space to feel and process emotions from a place of non-judgement and compassion. (For example- you are not a sad person, you are feeling sad right now and that is a shared human experience.)
Authors: Moment Meditation