Mindfulness means monitoring your thoughts and emotions throughout the day. It is to be present in the moment and to focus on whatever you are working on.
The U.S Army is offering soldiers an ancient alternative to traditional methods of coping with deployment stress. “Mindfulness is a simple but ancient approach to living, which Western medicine has begun to recognize as a powerful tool for dealing with stress, illness and other medical or psychological conditions, and it can help soldiers in any circumstance”, said Army Maj. Victor Won, deputy assistant chief of staff for intelligence in 1st Armored Division’s general staff section. “Just as running or lifting weights can improve physical fitness, a daily routine of mindfulness will help to strengthen coping mechanisms, making it easier to recognize and react to negative emotions so they don’t grow stronger”, Won said.
If mindfulness practice is good enough for the most powerful military force in the history of the world, it is good enough for us too. We have and will continue to talk about mindfulness in class as it is such an essential part of today’s stressful world.
Below are two interesting articles on how meditation can help improve your concentration. Participants in the study attended a three-month retreat in which they went without television, phones, the Internet and books. They also practiced meditation for 5 hours a day. They had instructor-led meditation in the morning and evening, and they spent most of their free time in solitary meditation.
Both articles talked about the same study that was conducted.
Marine machine gunner used to listen to the music and picture a carousel in the mountains to cope with the stress of the Vietnam war. Now more than 40 years later, he has created that carousel in the mountains and opened it for the world to ride. Harrison built the carousel to honor the memory of two of his best buddies who were killed in action.
I found his story very touching. All the profits go to help children with special needs. Check out the video and the website below: