Change Your Life with Mindfulness | Mindfulness Rewrites

Monday, October 26, 2015

Change Your Life with Mindfulness

Welcome to Mindfulness Rewrites,our blog which is focused on helping others achieve mindfulness in everyday life. I'm Linda Miles, Ph.D., and I've been a mindfulness practitioner for over 30 years. I use mindfulness in my personal life, as well as in my profession as a marriage and family therapist.

You may have found this blog because you heard about mindfulness and want to learn more about it. Or perhaps you stumbled upon it while looking for ways to cope with illness, addiction, stress, negative emotions, or other personal challenges. Either way, we’re glad you’re here!

Peace, joy, and gratitude – feelings we all wish for, but which can be hard to come by in our busy world. When we’re bombarded with our own negative thoughts, we may find ourselves in a self-made prison of blame and judgments that prevents us from relishing the good in our lives. Please take a moment to consider the following questions:
  • Are you dealing with a medical condition?
  • Are you overwhelmed by situations at home or at work?
  • Do you find yourself focusing on the negative?
  • Do you frequently obsess over the past?
  • Do you anger quickly and/or say things you later regret?
  • Do you let minor hassles ruin your day?
  • Are you having trouble interacting with a difficult person in your life?
  • Do you worry too much?
  • Have you lost your joy in life?
  • Do you rely on alcohol or drugs to socialize with others, calm down, and/or “escape”?
  • Do you suffer from depression, panic, or anxiety?
  • Do you wish that you were better at living "in the moment"?
  • Do you feel as if life is passing you by?

Chances are, like most of us, you’ve answered “yes” to at least one of these questions. Fortunately, mindfulness can help!

What is Mindfulness?


Mindfulness is a scientific approach to acceptance and inner peace that was extensively studied by John Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts. He defines mindfulness as paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment non-judgmentally.

Kabat-Zinn's research examined mindfulness as a way to reduce suffering for patients with medical illnesses, and to help people deal with day-to-day life challenges. His work has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness in areas of medicine, psychology, healthcare, neuroscience, education, corporations, prisons, government, and professional sports.

The Science of Mindfulness


Happiness has a biological basis, and research shows that we can take steps toward creating a positive and healthy mental space, despite the stresses of living in a demanding, technology-driven existence.

By actively exercising kindness and appreciation, we can promote the brain’s natural production of oxytocin and dopamine— two chemicals that help us feel pleasure and well-being, while decreasing the secretion of adrenaline and cortisol, which make us feel agitation and stress.

Mindfulness Can Be Learned


As neuroscientist Dr. Wayne Drevets attests, “In the brain, practice makes permanent.”

This is great news! While you may need to work at it at first, mindfulness will come more easily and naturally to you over time – and you will quickly learn that the benefits are well worth the effort. Focusing on simple pleasures and the present moment helps us get out of our own heads and into the world around us. This, in turn allows us to enjoy an increased awareness and connectivity to the blessings and positivity in our lives.

Join Us On Our Journey


As the blog progresses, we will provide specific examples of how mindfulness can be practiced, and ways in which it can influence positive outcomes in everyday situations.

We hope that you will visit the site regularly, or – better yet – subscribe to be notified as new postings are added. Thank you for your interest in Mindfulness Rewrites.


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