Scientific studies validate a long list of surprisingly diverse benefits that come from practicing mindfulness. Summarized here, the benefits can apply to everybody. Also, the most common concerns about mindfulness don’t apply to how we practice it -- accessible to anyone, inclusive of everyone.
- Imagine an invention, a breakthrough medical chair with precision electronics, finely tuned for the human brain and body. Scientists prove, if you just sit comfortably in this medical chair for a short time every day, here's what happens. It reduces stress, blood pressure, anxiety, depression, fatigue, physical pain, risk of heart attack and stroke, ADHD, mental decline, psoriasis, overeating, drug addiction, smoking, loneliness, asthma, even home accidents and injuries, and more.
It's also been proven to increase or improve performance under pressure, memory, alertness, focus, learning, recovery from trauma, the immune system, managing conflict, relationships, and much more. The medical chair works for any adult, regardless of age, physical ability, culture, or any other personal characteristics. Get in the chair, just sit, that's it. Amazing, right? Well, it turns out that futuristic chair actually exists. In fact, any chair will do.
You don't even need a chair. You don't need anything. You can do it anywhere you want, with no special equipment, supplies or supplements, and it costs nothing. The medical chair I mentioned isn't a chair, it's mindfulness, and it's better than any expensive hypothetical device, because you already have it. And you already have all you need to use it. We'll cover how to use it in detail, but first, it's important to address some other common concerns. Mindfulness requires you to follow no particular leader or belief, and it's 100% open to people of all religions, faiths, spiritual orientations, and also to people with no such affiliations.
Its origins trace to historical Buddhist practices, but as you'll see, it integrates enduring wisdom from a variety of both eastern and western traditions. And, the practices I'll share are extensively tested and validated by current science to produce reliably positive results. East, west, old, new, spiritual, scientific, whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you believe, mindfulness is yours, and it works. Mindfulness meets you wherever you want to meet it.
You can practice it individually, whenever and wherever you want, or in a group setting, if you prefer, or both. You can use it on an as-needed basis for specific urgent matters like managing physical pain, or right before a stressful meeting, or you can use it as a consistent daily practice with cumulative benefits, or both. You can incorporate it easily into any spiritual faith, or you can engage it as a secular, scientifically validated method to improve quality of life at work and home.
Or both. It's hard to imagine a practice that's more accessible to anyone, inclusive of everyone, with greater benefits, at no cost, with no risk and no downside. On the way into mindfulness, no doors are closed. Once in, many others open. Try mindfulness, even a little. You'll likely help yourself and others around you. If mindfulness were a new technology, it might be the greatest invention yet. Maybe it is anyway, for the very reason that it's not a technology breakthrough.
It's a trademark of human nature, an inheritance to humanity that everyone already owns. But it's an inheritance we often don't realize we have, or we forget, hidden by our brains' standard response to the nature of modern life. Well, no more hiding, no more waiting. The benefits you deserve don't depend on a miraculous medical chair that someone, someday, might invent. The benefits are your birthright, and claiming yours takes no one else's. In fact, finding yours helps others see theirs.
UCLA professor and executive coach John Ullmen, PhD, explains the fundamentals of mindfulness and provides step-by-step methods that anyone can use. Every technique is confirmed by research and validated in practice to give you results for dealing with stress, anxiety, fear, worry, and self-doubt, and for increasing confidence, peak performance, and connection with others.
- The fundamentals of mindfulness and practicing mindful meditation
- Dealing with unwelcome experiences, such as stress, fear, and self-doubt
- Strengthening your connection with others
- Mindfulness for peak performance
- Practicing mindful leadership