Mindfulness Meditation Anxiety Depression San FranciscoThe power of mindfulness practice

Current research on the ancient practice of mindfulness meditation demonstrates that the practice is very effective in both softening the effects of depression and anxiety, as well as preventing “relapse,” the recurrence of disabling episodes that are the hallmark of these conditions.

My experience mirrors this: to sustain changes, having some practice in mindfulness is essential. With anxiety and depression, we need to be able to look at these wild moods, directly and courageously, and mindfulness practice is the key tool to help us do that.

Mindfulness practice consists of being aware of whatever is happening in your current experience, without judgment. It might be joy, it might be a pain in your knee, it might be the physical heaviness of depression, or happiness of an anxiety free moment—but in practicing mindfulness, each of these experiences is viewed objectively, as best we can, without preference.

Mindfulness is the underpinning of lasting change

Depression and anxiety are states of mind, in which we are trapped in depressing and scary thoughts and feelings. The effectiveness of mindfulness practice comes from the way it trains you to extract yourself from the whirlpool of your own pains. It is a lifeline for those swirling around and around in depression and anxiety, allowing you to find some solid ground.

Research on the brain is demonstrating how malleable it actually is; the idea that the adult brain is fixed is now shown to be a myth. Mindfulness trains the brain away from a habit of perpetually re-experiencing anxious and depressed states, and towards the habit of acceptance and allowance of experience, which evens out our moods and keeps us from cycling repeatedly from coping to collapse.

Through mindfulness practice, you make real, tangible, sustained change happens.

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