“Meditation helped me to understand that I am not what I think and feel. I am witnessing what I think and feel.”
No one does mindfulness like actor and comedian Russell Brand. Over the last couple of years, he has been championing the cause of including meditation in our daily lives and opening us up to a world of brave feelings.
While many still consider meditation a serious practice, that’s not always the case. It’s all about letting go of the noise around us and finding peace within ourselves.
You can practice it almost anywhere – be it within the confines of your home, outdoors, or even with a friend.
Mind you, one doesn’t have to be a serious person to unlock the power of meditation, you can just as well be a happy-go-lucky person who is at peace with his/her emotions.
But if you are still one of the skeptics, here are some of the happy benefits that’ll make you think otherwise.
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It Helps Reduce Anxiety
Tuning out the noise (the negative thoughts and actions) can be difficult at first but as you start practicing mindfulness, the easy and consistent breathing techniques help you relieve a lot of the anxiety you’ve been bottling up.
Mindfulness is also attributed to decreasing depressed thoughts and stress as it helps one navigate through their emotions. It helps one look at the brighter side of things.
Improves Over All Physical Health
You don’t need to be physically ill to start practicing mindfulness, all one needs to understand is the many happy benefits that come along with this activity – lower blood pressure, improved sleep, and alleviated gastrointestinal difficulties among others.
It Helps You Accept Yourself
Mindfulness helps a lot of women and men deal with body dissatisfaction and self-worth. Through different techniques, the practice helps people tune out the negative noise and rise above it to listen to one’s body, feel every powerful emotion, and believe in themselves.
Wondering if mindfulness is really the one for you? Remember that the likes of Dalai Lama and Russell Brand practice this quick meditation technique to deal with everyday stress and anxiety.
Russell Brand has his own podcast ‘Above the Noise with Russell Brand’ on Luminary, as he guides us all – curious beginners, spiritual skeptics, and experienced practitioners - through quick 10-minute meditations using ancient techniques as well as his practices.
His podcast is all about guiding listeners to a path towards moments of peace and awareness that can help one navigate the toughest of curveballs that life throws at us.
Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Head to Luminary to start your free trial and taste the power of Mindfulness with Russell Brand. You can also listen to his other Luminary Original podcast ‘Under the Skin’ while you’re at it!