Mindfulness, known as “conscious awareness”, is a trend that attracts attention in the world. The purpose of mindfulness is to help the individual focus on the stimuli currently occurring rather than the fear response. There is a widespread belief that mindfulness can help people be calmer, calmer, and more motivated in their daily lives. “The findings of a growing number of studies now support this evidence. It’s been proven by experience that mindfulness practice has real benefits for physical and especially mental health,” says Clinical Psychologist Buse Göçmen.
A moderate amount of stress is necessary for our survival and awareness of dangers. It is a very important activity to practice mindfulness so that they experience what they have in the moment, rather than worrying about the future or what others will think of them.
Step aside and rest your mind
Clinical Psychologist Buse Göçmen says, “We are all going through a period when our nervous system is strained and our stress level changes from moment to moment. We are trying to cope with economic and social uncertainties and changing living conditions due to the pandemic.” Talking about the ways of therapy that focuses on reducing stress, Göçmen draws particular attention to the Mindfulness method.
Migrant says the following about Mindfulness and meditation practice:
The mindfulness technique does not promise to change our lives, ourselves, or the effects of the events we encounter. However, for those who lead a busy and stressful life, it is a tool to step aside and rest the body and mind. Meditation is a field of study for observing our feelings and thoughts, the bonds we establish with ourselves and the world, in which we pass from doing to being in our life adventure. It is a practice that allows us to spare time for ourselves in daily life and keeps our mind and body curiously interested.
“Under the waves there is a deeper stillness”
While adapting to the “new normal” conditions in society, people can be tense, anxious or sometimes in a relaxed mood at times. Migrant talks about developing a “mindful life attitude” towards this situation. The lifestyle in question is based on the acceptance of the changing living conditions in this process. Mindfulness creator Dr. He recalls Jon Kabat-Zinn’s quote, “The human mind is like the ocean surface whipped up by bad weather. We all become reactive, but there’s a deeper calm beneath the waves if we can lie down.” We know it’s essential for our survival, for us to be aware of dangers. But ‘excessive’ amounts of stress can lead to illness and harmful symptoms such as fatigue. I did a scientific research on ‘Discordant daydreaming and Covid’ in the field of neuroscience. Meanwhile, I came across many studies on ‘Mindfulness and stress’. I was intrigued by the positive effects of meditation on the nervous system and stress. I can say that Mindfulness is not just about problem solving. Nor is it a way of dealing with our own concerns or goals. A state of non-judgmental contact and gentle acceptance with all reality.
Being equidistant from sadness and happiness
Clinical Psychologist Göçmen explains that meditation provides a space for people who are stuck with problems, and during this practice they are “hosted” as a guest with their natural course, without suppressing feelings and thoughts. “It’s a tool for connecting with ourselves in a sincere, friendly, and kindly manner. In mindfulness training, we experience being at an equal distance from sadness and happiness,” he says. Grief is a struggle in the mind, while sadness is part of our human nature. We are also working on the concept that happiness is always ‘ahead’. It is very important to develop the practice of noticing happiness when it arises, rather than seeking it at other times. During my quiet retreat, I realized that the real productivity is what remains after all the crowd of thoughts has been removed.
This state of being purified from the “crowd of thoughts” is one of the important lessons of Mindfulness.
body awareness exercise
Mindfulness is currently among the most researched scientific studies. There are many reasons for this. The most important reason is its positive effects on the nervous system. The “insula” is the part of the brain that detects physical sensations and helps process how the body feels. During body awareness work, by consciously turning your attention to your body, when you feel it, you stimulate the part of the brain called the insula. This is the part of the brain that also provides the relaxation response, especially when under stress. For this, stimulating the insula with body-focusing exercises is an effective way to allow the mind to relax. Psychologist Göçmen said, “The Sympathetic Nervous System tries to protect us when we are under intense stress. If you are caught in a fire, this system activates and alarms your body with the ‘fight or flight’ command. At this moment, our adrenaline and cortisol levels increase and our body works in alarm mode. The parasympathetic nervous system is the calm, calm and safe mode of the mind. The activation of the parasympathetic nervous system allows us to experience events calmly and naturally. Meditation practices, which are indispensable in mindfulness trainings, are like a wheel system that facilitates the transition between the two systems. This meditation; It helps it pass to the Parasympathetic nervous system, which is the opposite, bringing calmness and serenity.”
“Long-term retention skills”
Mindfulness offers people with a history of significant depression new approaches to learning “skills to stay well in the long run.” It offers people a safe and empowering treatment option as well as cognitive approaches. Recently, it is a very popular way for both individuals and institutions. Those who want to realize the present moment, increase happiness and focus, also apply to Mindfulness. Zen philosophers say, “The only way to make sense of change is to dive into it, move with it, and join the dance.” Mindfulness teaching is somewhat reminiscent of this saying. Care rather than worry about emotions, respond wisely rather than react wildly, respect rather than judge yourself for what you feel. In other words, “How can I accept myself as I am?” focus on the question. Dozens of small but important life lessons like this come to life in the philosophy of Mindfulness.