The Mindfulness is fashionable and also generates no little controversy. It is a set of meditation techniques based on the ancient vipassana philosophy, which advocates the observation and delight of the present moment as instruments to reach total acceptance of oneself and the circumstances that surround us. The aim of the Vipassana Buddhist movement is to neutralize the anguish that both the past and the lack of control over the future generate for us.
After coaching, the hour of mindfulness comes
According to the Vipassana School, living alone and totally the present we will achieve absolute relaxation and fullness, far from stress and suffering. From this state will derive not only a positive attitude towards life but also a better mental and physical health. This was understood in 1979 by the American physician Jon Kabat-Zinn, when he adapted vipassana techniques to the Western format and renamed them mindfulness.
Kabat-Zinn thus founded a school that over time has had repercussions not only in clinical psychology and sexology, but also in a plethora of healers of what we might call ‘contemporary social anxieties’ and that after exploiting coaching, Psychodrama and other modalities, now find in mindfulness the way to continue selling their services. Many of them are weekend courses, or a specific quota of weekly or monthly hours, to learn the techniques that will make us dominate the present and away the anguish for the past and the future.
Internet is full of opinion columns in which ‘specialists’ in mindfulness ensure that, for a few Euros, this therapy is the lifeline of modern women and men, bombarded by the excess of information and multitasking, obsessed and obsessed with knowing everything and at the same time tormented by the pace at which events change. According to them, everything seems more unstable than ever and past and future merge to the rhythm of the digital era, crushing in the middle of the present, increasingly enslaved by the need to be informed of everything.
How does Mindfulness affect Depression?
The different exercises proposed by the Therapy Sheffield based on Mindfulness change the way the patient thinks and interprets the facts. The benefits are:
- Help to focus on the here and now
- Improves concentration
- Less rumination of thoughts by the patient
- Separation of harmful thoughts
- Greater self-pity and love towards oneself
- Greater self-knowledge
Mindfulness: Connecting with yourself again
Self-pity is one of the basic pillars of Mindfulness, and implies being warm and compassion towards oneself. It refers to the acceptance of the way of being and the thoughts and emotions that arise from ourselves without judging or criticizing them.
Mindfulness is useful in the current context because it reeducates you. We live immersed in a culture and a society in which capitalist and consumer values triumph: money or image has more value than human beings themselves. In this environment, everything has a price, be it dignity, self-love, pride or honor; everything becomes merchandise, even interpersonal relationships. Mindfulness helps to find oneself again with oneself, far from the influence and pressure of this society that seriously harms the emotional balance.