Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. -Viktor Frankl
what's different about mindfulness?
Mindfulness is for everybody, we all have habits that are not helpful. Are you Impatient? Anxious? In pain? Mindful awareness is a window into how habitual thoughts affect our life and our health. Neuroscientists say "neurons that fire together wire together". Our thoughts, for better or worse, flow through our mind, shape our brain, and influence our perception. Habitual thoughts form neural superhighways which become our mental/emotional patterns. We find ourselves repeating things we don't mean, behaving in ways we regret, chasing the same thoughts, even making difficult situations worse. Practicing mindfulness gives us the tools to be the person we want to be, and to respond intentionally to whatever happens.
The Latest in Military Strategy: Mindfulness -Matt Richtel, NY Times. Troops who went through a month-long mindfulness training. were better able to discern key information under chaotic circumstances and experienced increases in working memory function. The soldiers also reported making fewer cognitive errors than service members who did not use mindfulness. April, 2019