It reduces stress, anxiety and improves our attention to focus on the present moment in a creative, open way and with a positive attitude

If you can not stand the stress, if you suffer from depression and anxiety or even if you have a chronic degenerative disease, consider the practice of mindfulness meditation, which will help you live the present moment better.

Chelo Rodríguez, Mexican practitioner and facilitator of Mindfulness, says that this type of meditation leads us to be more creative, less reactive and more tolerant.

“It gives us a better perspective on things. It allows us not to get hooked and start observing situations as if we were standing across a bridge ”, exposes.

The practice of mindfulness meditation brings many benefits to the brain. (Photo provided).

In short, accurate, mindfulness meditation returns us to the human being we are; and to stop "do ”(on autopilot) , to be able to "be" human (with full awareness).

“It returns us to enjoy the senses. For example, if we go on a walk, it allows us to become aware of smells and textures; or just taste a coffee, a dessert and we learn to pay full attention to things, ”he says.

Where is born

Mindfulness meditation, says Chelo, has its origins for more than 2,000 years in Asia in the Buddhist and Zen tradition. But it was born 40 years ago on this side of the world when the doctor Jon Kabat-Zinn An American doctor made a whole method of how to make changes in the brain by bringing the mind to the present moment voluntarily and kindly.

Dr. Kabat-Zinn realized that there was a way to generate sustained well-being in people, and he created a stress reduction program based on mindfulness based mindfulness. (MBSR in English.)

Chelo talk that the boom It was given that Times magazine dedicated the cover under the headline The Mindful Revolution. As a result, companies in the Silicon Valley began to see the benefits of meditation and to dedicate spaces in their facilities so that their employees could meditate.

Mindfulness meditation helps you promote the brain's ability to generate new, complete neural connections.

How long to practice

Chelo advises dedicating 20 minutes daily. “Beginners are recommended to start with three or five minutes and increase. They don't need to light incense, candles, or blank their minds, just find where to sit, ”he says.

Mindfuness meditation is ideal for when we live a life with a lot of stress. (photo provided)

How to learn

There are many books and audios, he says. “Dr. Kabat-Zinn's books are free online. If you decide to go a practice to learn, it is very important that the person who gives it, has knowledge of mindfulness. In the end, what will matter is that they practice it.

He also comments that there are organizations that give workshops, some are free. Find out where you live if there is a place where you can go to learn. You can also find mindfulness practices on YouTube or Soundcloud.

“The results will be seen as practiced. If they do it daily, at eight weeks, they will begin to notice the changes when they feel and see things in a more positive way, ”he notes.

What is the best schedule?

Chelo observes that it will depend on each person. "It is best to try different schedules, but avoid those times when you are very tired," he says.

Chelo Rodríguez, mindfulness meditation facilitator. (photo provided).

Other results

In today's life, we want to do so many things at the same time, and we end up not doing well even two of the ten things we wanted to do, he says.

“Mindfulness meditation helps to be fully present in what you do, to do it better and faster; and to have more concentration and better response to situations, ”he notes.

Today we are not even present in a conversation. “You are there, but you are not there. You are on the phone and in other things, ”he says.

And he says that we do not pay attention to the brain as we do with the rest of our body, when we exercise or go to the gym.

"Mindfulness meditation allows us to strengthen the brain and muscle of attention, leave negative and catastrophic thoughts to bring the mind to the present moment voluntarily and kindly, without judging, in a more compassionate way," he emphasizes.

For those who have a very high load of stress, depression or are people who have relatives with diseases, this meditation can help them a lot, concludes Chelo.

If you want to contact Chelo Rodríguez, visit Facebook: The mindful choice; or in IG: @


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