Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.
– Robin S. Sharma
A common misconception about mindfulness is that it is only for followers of the Buddha that are seeking enlightenment. While the Buddha did teach mindfulness as a spiritual practice, meditation is really in the end, just a practice. Many religions do incorporate meditation into their doctrine or philosophy, people all over the world observe moments of silence, and many of us find a quiet place to sit and reflect for a few moments. All of these are moments of mindfulness and meditation.
Why teach mindfulness to students?
Researchers have found that a mindfulness practice decreases stress and anxiety, increases focus, improves student relationships, strengthens compassion, and provides a host of other benefits.
The benefits are seemingly endless.
There are many beneficial ways to grow the capacity of your brain and improve your life. Scientists have shown increases in the hippocampus’s of London Cab drivers in response to the high demands placed on spatial recognition and navigation skills as well as a specialized are of the brain created specifically for the visual recognition of numerals.
Mindfulness is another one of the studied and documented ways to change your brain. Except with mindfulness, you are training your brain for happiness and personal fulfillment; to respond in a way that lessens anxiety and helps you feel more relaxed.
A vast number of studies have shown the link between meditation or mindfulness and neuroplasticity. Mindfulness can help to rewire how you think and feel about everyday situations. As your mindfulness practice grows, the sense of calm and awareness you feel during the meditative state will begin to spill over into your daily life. All of these benefits can be realized in just 5-10 minutes a day.