We all know how important mindfulness is. It’s the ability to be fully present, aware of the situation, while not being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us. Mindfulness is a very valuable skill.
To understand this more, we look at how our brain has two quite different way in which it functions. The first is the conscious mind – alert and able to solve a variety of issues from situations at work to social problems. While the second involves altered states of consciousness that broaden our interpretation of situations and allow our minds to heal.
Psychologist Christina Smith used altered states of consciousness to aid her patient through treatment for depression. The patient, Adele, was articulate in addressing the root causes of her depression. So, by approaching the problem with a methodical conscious mind, Christina and Adele made no progress in treatment.
Adele re-evaluated her approach and used mindfulness exercises. She attended retreats and would go on long walks through nature, enjoying the quiet serenity of the forest. Her walks helped her to unlock altered states of consciousness, allowing her to heal and re-align her perspective. She made a full recovery from her depression. This demonstrates the ability of altered states, as they operate without language or logic.
Altered states of consciousness can be achieved through a variety of mechanisms including meditation and other mindfulness exercises. It’s not about healing depression or negative feelings, but instead it about maintaining positive emotions.
Achieving mindfulness can help you to approach each day with more energy and a positive attitude.
Research and case studies have demonstrated the need for a symbiotic relationship between the conscious and unconscious mind. This promotes natural health and positive emotions. Taking time out of everyday to approach issues with alternative states could lead to greater success and happiness.