This is a great reminder that mindfulness is about self knowledge and so embarking on a programme that is managed by the individual can be just as effective as joining a group or attending a class. This would be especially true for those who are a little unsure about mindfulness, or are in a situation where they would feel uncomfortable in the company of others, which can often be the case when going through a personal crisis, even for sociable individuals, where mindfulness practise would be an incredibly useful skill to have. Below is an article expanding on this By David Gutierrez, www.naturalnews.com with a link to the full articles in the Epoch Times.
Online Mindfulness Courses can Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Online mindfulness instruction can provide just as much benefit as in-person courses in reducing stress, anxiety and even depression, according to a study conducted by researchers from Oxford University and the UK Mental Health Foundation, and published in the journal BMJ Open in November 2013
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This is the first part of an interesting article. It really is great to see this type of research going mainstream. This article is taken from the Harvard business review website. for the full article follow this link. http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/03/mindfulness-for-people-who-are-too-busy-to-meditate/
Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances.
For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be more rational and less emotional. When faced with a decision, meditators showed increased activity in the posterior insula of the brain, which has been linked to rational decision making. This allowed them to make decisions based more on fact than emotion. This is good news since other research has found that reasoning is actually suffused with emotion. Not only are the two inseparable, but our positive and negative feelings about people, things, and ideas arise much more rapidly than our conscious thoughts, in a matter of milliseconds. We push threatening information away and hold friendly information close. We apply fight-or-flight reflexes not only to predators but to data itself.