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6 Incredible Health Benefits Of Mindfulness

By Greg Thurston

Creator of Seven Minute Mindfulness

“Mindfulness” is a bit of a buzz word right now, but that doesn’t mean that you should discredit it. Being mindful is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind!

But you might not be sure what it is. Is mindfulness just being more aware? Or does it mean clearing your mind?

Being mindful, in one sense, is like simplifying things. Normally we try to multitask all day, worrying about 20 things while doing 10. That doesn’t work too well.

Being mindful means focusing on the present moment. Being fully here. It allows you to attend to what’s going on right around you and inside you. So it simplifies things because you can just enjoy the present moment.

You can mediate to be more mindful, and you can practice it throughout your day. Whatever you’re doing, give it all of your attention. Be proactive about putting down your other worries and being present in what you’re doing and who you’re with.

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Mindfulness a gift that we don’t give to ourselves much. In fact, our society teaches that we should be getting as much done as possible all the time, which leads to burnout, stress, health problems, and lower productivity.

Mindfulness, on the other hand, offers the opposite, so let’s take a look at all the benefits of mindfulness.

1. Mindfulness reduces stress

Let’s start with the biggie. In today’s world, we really battle stress from all sides.

If we carry around all the things we have to worry about, our mind never gets a break. That’s why so many people are completely burned out, feeling down, and stressed to the point of panic attacks or needing medication.

This kind of worrying steals away any chance of joy or relaxation in our day. You probably know how it goes: you’re sitting at your desk at work, stressed about a deadline, and also about a disagreement with your partner, and some tension you’re feeling with a coworker, and the company party you’re supposed to attend tonight…

Constantly carrying all of these things and feeling continued stress leads to:

  • Restless sleep
  • A racing mind
  • Low energy
  • Feeling irritable
  • Feeing defensive
  • Getting angry easier
  • Panic attacks
  • Constant panic
  • Headaches, body aches, migraines
  • Jaw pain from clenching teeth
  • Tight shoulders and back pain
  • Depression

As you can see, trying to keep everything on your mind leads to all kinds of problems, resulting in lower productivity and even worse things.

We might even feel guilty if we forget to worry about something. Do you ever do that? You’ll finally get absorbed in something and it feels really nice, but then you remember all the things that aren’t resolved, and you feel guilty for letting yourself have a few minutes.

But you need those minutes!

Being mindful and present will allow you to get absorbed in what you’re doing, give it your full attention so you can do better, and you’ll feel more clear and mentally energized.

Your body and brain wasn’t made to handle constant stress. It’s so much healthier to be present and put aside the other pressing thoughts.

Challenge yourself to be mindful in one activity a day: a walk, mediation, making a craft, writing, drawing, singing, or something else you enjoy.

See how it feels to let yourself be fully present with that one thing and not having thoughts about anything else. And then see how you feel the rest of the day.

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2. Mindfulness creates better health

Being mindful and present lowers our stress levels and also centers us, bringing many health benefits.

You might notice that you’re calmer after practicing mindfulness, your head feels more clear and focused, you’re more productive, and more alert.

Being mindful greatly benefits your mind, and that in turn benefits your body and overall health.

People who practice being mindful have higher brain function, an increased immune function, lower blood pressure, lower anxiety levels, and are more calm.

We’ve heard this for years, but experts were talking about meditation and yoga. Both of those are ways to be mindful!

3. Mindfulness decreases depression symptoms

When you decrease stress and improve your health, that can help with depression.

Mindfulness does that and more. It’s been considered an effective part of overall depression treatment for a long time.

Being mindful often helps people see and acknowledge their feelings, and that leads to better coping. Being mindful and let you say, “I see that I’m feeling that way, and that’s okay.”

Being mindful engages the observant self, so you can notice how you’re feeling, and what you’re thinking, but not get completely sucked into those feelings. You can step back and analyze the situation better.

4. Mindfulness increases Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity is one of those fun words (in my opinion) that show you what they mean. Neuro, or brain, plus plasticity, or being flexible.

Think about how plastic can be soft and pliable.

Being mindful helps your brain increase its ability to change and adapt, which is pretty important to our survival even though we’re not back in the caveman era.

In a simple sense, neuroplasticity refers to how our brain grows, learns, and changes. When we change our mind or learn new things, we actually make new pathways.

But this has bigger scientific implications. When someone has a stroke and has to relearn how to walk, they’re actually learning how to re-circuit their brain around the damaged area.

Imagine how much stronger your brain will be if you practice mindfulness and therefore improve neuroplasticity. That’s a huge advantage for dealing with all of life’s curves and for any brain damage you might suffer.

5. Mindfulness helps you deal with illness

Studies have found that mindfulness helps people with cancer and people with chronic illness-even terminal illness.

I can see why being in the moment more would help someone enjoy life day by day. Research has found that mindfulness helps cancer patients reduce stress while relieving fatigue.

For many, mindfulness increases our spirituality and sense of purpose, and it helps people handle their emotions regarding their illness.

Mindfulness can greatly improve life for people with chronic pain, such as low back pain. It helps patients focus on something other than the pain.

6. Mindfulness helps recovery

We’ve seen all the ways mindfulness benefits our mental and emotional health. It also helps us physically when we need to recover from illness.

This is probably due to all the other benefits of being mindful.

We have better focus, we’re less stressed, we feel more at peace, and so we’re happier.

We’ve talked about some big areas where mindfulness helps. To zoom in a bit, here’s a list of more specific ways that being mindful improves our lives:

  • Better mental health
  • Less stress at work
  • Better emotional regulation
  • Less problems with alcohol and drugs
  • Less depression and anxiety
  • Better performance at school and work
  • Better relationships
  • Better self awareness
  • Less burnout
  • Better able to cope with ups and downs
  • More resilience

We’re just healthier when we’re more mindful, because people aren’t really made to multitask 5 things all day long and always worry.

We can benefit from slowing down and enjoying the present moment. Why let other things detract from what you’re doing? You can give those other things your attention in due time.

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My Recent Experience With Reality Transurfing

In this post I want to cover the experiences I have had since learning about Reality Transurfing and how I have applied it to my working life.

I first heard about Reality Transurfing while watching a Youtube video, the guys on the video were talking about creating a life that you love and one of the guests made an off the cuff comment about the book Reality Transurfing by Vadim Zeland and the other 3 guests also chimed in immediately saying it was instrumental in their lives – they didn’t elaborate on their comments at all and carried on with what they were talking about previously.

I saw enough in those split few seconds to see that they were sold on the ideas in this book and went searching for answers about what it was all about.

I found an audio book version of Reality Transurfing on Youtube and began listening. Within 20 minutes I was pretty much hooked and spent the next 4 hours listening to it.

This article covers my personal experiences over the last 3 months since implementing the concepts into my everyday life. Some of the words may seem a bit woo-woo like “manifestation”  but once you read and understand the principles you can see that it’s very similar to any other self help or law of attraction type of concept.

A Very Basic Understanding of Reality Transurfing

There are a few simple rules that might help you better understand the concepts at play in this article.

The world is made up of an infinite amount of parallel realities where every variation of events could happen. You are constantly shifting through these variations based on your thoughts and beliefs about yourself and the world you are in.

For example if you think about and believe the world is a negative place you will stay in certain life tracks where that is reinforced over and over again – the same goes for thinking positively and being grateful for the world you live in.

Basically, what you focus on is what you will manifest in your life – good or bad.

Last rule I will go over is – your goal must be able to manifest in a way that can be explained and understood.

Plausible, but unlikely is a great way to put that.

Focusing on winning the lottery and never buying a lottery ticket is not going to work because that is neither plausible or likely.

Here is an old story that shows how opportunities can come to you and why you need to take action on them when you do – Reality Transurfing is about sitting around manifesting something from nothing, you still need to take action.

A man was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He was praying to God for help.

Soon a man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.”

The stranded fellow shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me.”

So the rowboat went on.

Then a motorboat came by. “The fellow in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you.”

To this the stranded man said, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”

So the motorboat went on.

Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.”

To this the stranded man again replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”

So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.

Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, “I had faith in you but you didn’t save me, you let me drown. I don’t understand why!”

To this God replied, “I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?”

In the story the man has all the opportunities come to him through his thoughts and beliefs but he doesn’t take action.

Coming Up With My Initial Focus / Goal

I wanted to come up with a goal that is a little vague in a sense so that I can find more opportunities. Instead of having a goal of wanting $10,000 a month from my freelance business I focused on “I want to have people contacting me everyday wanting to work with me”.

We get to choose what we want – not how we get it. This leaves the door open for opportunities instead of being more specific and wanting X amount of web design clients.

Visualizing The Goal

I would visualize myself waking up in the morning, grabbing a coffee then sitting down at my computer to check my emails. When I open my emails I see a bunch of new messages from potential clients wanting to work with me.

Simple and hopefully effective.

A very important part of this is to really see this visualization through your own eyes and feeling as though you are there. This might take some practice and a good way to do this would be write down in extreme detail what you want to experience.

I’m still not really sure how I feel about what happened next as it’s kind of confusing when things start happening.

The Results Begin to Come

A potential client I had spoken to before but we decided not to work together randomly contacted me and said he realizes I am much better suited to the task than the other people he was looking at.

I ended up quoting him double what I initial thought I should because he wasn’t really the type of client I wanted to work with and I normally undercharge myself but not this time.

After sending the quote, I assumed there was no way he would say yes because the issue before was about money and now I quoted him much more than he expected so I forgot about it and moved on with my day.

The next afternoon I get an email from him agreeing to go ahead. I was really taken aback as I didn’t really want the job but since he agreed to my price I’m also really happy and will make sure I deliver an amazing end result for him.

I thought about my goal and had a little chuckle to myself and decided that it was obviously just a coincidence. I didn’t manifest this situation with my thoughts, that’s kinda crazy…right?

Fast Forward 3-4 Days

Anyway I get back to work for a few days and I receive another email from a person I used to work with saying that have just recommended their friend to hire me and I’ll receive an email shortly.

Sure enough I receive that email the next day and land a new, small client.

I think about my goal and laugh – definitely a coincidence!

Even though I am putting these situations down to coincidence I am still making sure to focus and visualize my goal as though I am living in that reality.

Keep in mind I very rarely get new people enquiring for my services (like 1 or 2 per year) and almost always work with regular clients or go out and make the sales myself via cold calling or sending emails etc.

A Real Turning Point For Me

All of a sudden one of my clients who runs a business mentoring program decided to promote me at the end of her course for anyone needing a website. She would actually really push them to sign up with me as she thought it was imperative they have a website and I was the Web Developer she knew and trusted so it made sense. She sent me 4 potential clients over the span of about 12 days. I ended up selling 3 out of 4, they were smallish jobs but still a source of income + some recurring revenue which is great.

Again I thought about my goal and really started to become unsure of what is happening right now. I wasn’t seeking any of these people and they were all coming to me or being sent to me by someone else. Can this be coincidence? How many clients do I need before I believe in this 100%?

I’m not fully convinced this isn’t just coincidence but i’ll keep plowing through.

About 2 weeks go by with nothing out of the blue happening, I am just focused on getting these jobs done as I am quite busy with them all right now.

This Seems Too Good To Be True

One of my clients often sends me small little jobs to fix things for his clients throughout the year but this time he came to me saying he has a client in need of a very large website, I quoted him quite a large number (that made me feel uncomfortable as I don’t usually get big jobs).

By now you might be thinking.. yeah right, as if this randomly happens. So was I – don’t worry that sale didn’t end up going ahead,  I am not the manifestation wizard I had hoped.

However telling me that this sale wasn’t going to happen he mentioned that his daughter needs a website for her small eCommerce business. We discussed it and sold that over the phone right then and there, it wasn’t a big job but still covers a few weeks of expenses and shouldn’t take too long to do.

So by now we are about 2 months in and I have sold 5 or 6 websites that came out of seemingly random places in a way that can only be explained as “plausible but unlikely”.

As I don’t do any marketing or advertising it would be completely absurd to randomly get a bunch of enquiries from people I have no previous business relationship with. It was also pretty absurd for all these things to happen one after another but it can be explained as plausible, lucky or coincidence.

My Thoughts On How This Really Happened

Over the next couple of months I had 2 more of my previous clients come to me wanting large website upgrades – what the hell is going on lol? Why did all of these people suddenly decide to do upgrades or recommend my services.

The only thing that changed was what I was focusing on.

My realization has been that it doesn’t matter whether or not Reality Transurfing is how the world actually works. By believing in it my thoughts, beliefs and actions change which results in me getting the results I was seeking – which is Reality Transurfing.

This is some sort of inception on your brain.

I have plenty of previous experiences in my life that I can explain through Reality Transurfing which I will be sharing shortly, you can sign up to my newsletter below to be notified when I release new content.

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