The myriad of benefits fostered by mindfulness meditation have been and continue to be investigated and implemented by professional organizations and corporations across America and the world. Meditation has become a well recognized and essential element of many organization’s wellness programs as an employee investment.
Participants in any form of mindfulness practice should remember three crucial points:
First, mindfulness is not intended to be a blissful experience. Like exercise, it can be uncomfortable. In fact, mindfulness is about learning to recognize, allow, and be with all of our experiences, whether pleasant, unpleasant or neutral, so that we can begin to exercise choices and responsiveness in our lives.
Second, mindfulness practice is not a panacea. It’s not the only way to reduce stress or increase wellbeing, nor is it right for everyone. People should select an approach that matches their interests and needs, whether it be mindfulness, physical exercise, cognitive-behavioural therapy or some other approach.
Third, mindfulness practice is intended to be invitational and empirical. Participants are invited to experiment with the practices in an open-minded and curious way and to be guided by the evidence of their own experience, continuing with practices that seem helpful and letting go of those that don’t.
Benefits of Meditation
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Improves focus and attention
- Mitigates anger and depression
- Precipitates happiness regardless of conditions
- Emancipates from resentment and negative emotions
- Lessens mental and emotional fears
- Develops compassion for one’s self and others
- Increases patience and resiliency