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Mindfulness Meditation and How It Can Improve Your Life

Mindfulness Meditation and How It Can Improve Your Life

Meditation has existed for centuries, but we have now begun to understand the benefits it can provide us. The practice uses a technique to rest the mind and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm, stable state. 

What used to be considered a strange and unreliable exercise has now grown in popularity among a wide audience; Oprah, NFL players, even the U.S. Marine Corps have adopted meditation to achieve an improved mental state. 

Meditation is powerful and can improve your life, but if you’re still unsure whether it is a practice worth trying, check out these top benefits.

 

Understand your pain.

Anxiety and mental pain can be underlying distractions in your day-to-day life. By allowing your thoughts to vacate your mind, you can begin to understand firsthand what may be causing your pain and anxieties.

 

Reduce stress.

We all experience stress at some point in our lives, some more than others. There is substantial evidence that shows excess stress can cause illnesses and make other illnesses worse. Mindfulness helps to reduce this stress and provide clarity.

 

Connect better.

Your attention is on something at all times, so it’s easy to lose focus. Do you ever find yourself staring blankly at someone who is speaking to you and have no idea what they are saying? Taking a few minutes a day to focus on your mind can help to give full attention during interactions with others.

 

Improve focus.

It can be frustrating when your mind strays or you’re being pulled in several directions. Meditation hones your innate ability to focus, which can help to improve the processing of information, memory retention, problem solving and decision-making skills.

 

Reduce brain chatter.

The persistent voice in your mind might seem to never take a break. Isn’t it time that it should? A few deep breaths can help bring clarity and organization to our inner voice.

 

Achieve emotional excellence. 

We all want to feel good emotionally. Simple meditation can help decrease levels of depression, increase serotonin production for improved mood, boost steadiness and harmony and enhance self-esteem and self-acceptance.

 

When it comes to mindfulness meditation, these benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. The practice has been shown to drastically improve positive outlook and quality of life.

Sure, it can be difficult to find the time, to remain still or keep the mind from racing. Allow your thoughts to go without reacting to them. When mindful meditation becomes part of your daily routine, you’ll notice its benefits become a regular part of your life. How do you get started? Check out books on the topic or download an app on your phone for a way to take meditation with you wherever you go.

Still on the fence about mindfulness meditation? Taking just 10 minutes a day to quiet your mind, breathe deeply and self-reflect, you will be surprised how great you will feel. Truth is, 10 minutes of mindfulness meditation can add decades to your life with greater clarity and peace of mind.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

Please take precautionary measures... Be safe and stay healthy

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