Inner Inmate Mindfulness and Wisdumb
Mindfulness is being fully present in the present moment, acknowledging our thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and environment nonjudgmentally. This concept, which promotes acceptance and attentiveness, can be embraced by individuals of all backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, economic statuses, or education levels.Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer in mindfulness and developer of MBSR, describes it as "the awareness that arises by paying attention in a specific way - on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally."
- Skills people can learn in MBSR courses:
- Practical coping skills to improve your ability to handle stressful situations
- Methods for being physically and mentally relaxed and at ease
- Gentle full-body conditioning exercises to strengthen your body and release muscular tension
- To become increasingly aware of the interplay of mind and body in health and illness
- To face change and difficult times in your life with greater ease
- Potential Risks and Adverse Effects of Mindfulness Meditation.
- While mindfulness meditation, particularly in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs, has been linked to numerous benefits, it's crucial to acknowledge potential challenges and risks. These tend to be infrequent and can be categorized into four main groups:
- Physical Risks - Mindfulness-based programs often incorporate elements of yoga and other movement-based practices. Although these exercises are typically gentle, it's vital to take caution if any pose or movement induces discomfort or pain. Participants are encouraged to prioritize self-care and modify or skip any exercise that causes discomfort.
- Emotional Risks - During mindfulness practice, it's not uncommon for negative or uncomfortable emotions to surface or intensify. Therefore, it's important to screen potential participants for a history of trauma, abuse, significant recent losses or major life changes, substance use disorders, untreated psychosis, acute depression, suicidality, PTSD, and social anxiety.
- Time Commitment - For many, finding time to integrate daily mindfulness practices can be challenging. However, many participants find that dedicating time to these practices enhances their overall sense of calm and spaciousness in their daily lives.
- Social Impact - Seeking support from family, friends, and co-workers to attend weekly classes and carve out personal time for daily practices can be difficult. This request could strain relationships or cause resentment. However, as participants deepen their mindfulness practice, they often find their relationships transforming. New positive behavioral patterns may evolve with enhanced attention and the cultivation of empathy and compassion.
- While these potential risks and challenges exist, mindfulness meditation remains a powerful tool for stress reduction and overall well-being when practiced appropriately and mindfully.
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- Meditation can make you more emotional. Meditation can also release suppressed emotions, participants may or may not want to address these; or are should not address these without professional help.
- It is possible to develop the habit of repressing thoughts and emotions from meditating if you push unpleasant thoughts and emotions away in order to maintain concentration. Meditation can cause changes that can interfere with career and relationships; usually temporary but sometimes long lasting especially after long time practicing.
- Meditation can change one’s world-view which can be disconcerting and leaving one facing a completely new reality that is unfamiliar.
- Long sessions of meditation can cause temporary forgetfulness. This is a natural consequence of calming the mind. When the effects of meditation wear off, normal memory function will return.
- Longer sitting meditations can cause pains and injuries to the joints of the leg and spine.
- After meditating regularly, some people report having psychic experiences such as improved intuition, synchronicities, and seeing spirits. These can be quite positive, but at times can be disturbing.
- Some people might find some forms of meditation to be "addicting," rarely to the point of ignoring one’s responsibilities.