Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate

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/

harvard mindfulness article

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.

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