There are lots of instances which occur in your life which make you feel embarrassed. Remembering such instances always make cringe in shame. There are also instances where you justify your failures or inability to get any deserved success as your luck or misfortune. All these actions end up creating a lot resentment in yourself which comes as a byproduct of your very own doubts.
Continuously having negative thoughts in the mind is very harmful but still we harbor them because of the only fact that they are very familiar to us. But the fact that reliving and remembering these actions are unhelpful and harmful at the same time. In a similar manner, trying to justify the inability to get the desired recognition among the peers by undermining one’s own self-worth is even more harmful if not destructive.
It is pivotal that one has the ability to avoid these negative thoughts. Mindfulness and its effect on our mental and physical behavior is a field of study pursued by many researchers. Few of the recent areas of research regarding mindfulness mainly concentrated on its effect on the thought pattern which is of a very pessimistic nature.
As suggested by many researchers and scientists after years of observation, mindfulness is defined as the awareness about the present living moment. Mindfulness can be achieved through various means such as yoga, meditation and various other related activities which improve the mental as well as physical health of our mind and body. The main function of such practices is to carry them in everyday real life situations.
Dr. John Paul Mindawho is an esteemed professor of the psychology department at University of Western Ontario located in London, Ontario, explained vividly some of the research which was conducted by Lindsay and Cresswell on the field of mindfulness as well as attention monitoring. “One possibility is that mindfulness meditation can help people to be more attentive to their own emotions,” he said. “By being aware of negative feelings as soon as they arise, people can engage in positive remediation rather than dwelling on the negative cognition.”
“Lindsay and Cresswell argue that the attentional monitoring aspect of mindfulness can allow for people to be more readily aware of their thoughts and emotions, which can allow them greater flexibility in cognitive reappraisal,” Mindaalso further explained. “So mindfulness does not necessarily reduce negative thinking or negative emotions, but, rather, the attentional control that is developed through meditation practice helps people deal with the negative thoughts more quickly.”
Michael Inzlichtfrom Toronto Laboratory for Social Neuroscience located at the University of Toronto also came with a research paper making similar claims. As explained by Minda. “Mindfulness allows people to react to negative thoughts more quickly as a function of improved attention and increased regulatory control.” He further added, “But the practice of meditation seems to help people be aware of negative thoughts, to acknowledge them and to then move on.”
These studies show that a lot of further research needs to be done to understand a lot more about what are the effects of the change in the structure of the human brain on the behavioral competencies of an individual and what further modifications can be done with some sort of scientific certainty.