The Mindful Manifesto

The Mindfulness Manifesto – Dr Jonty Heaversedge & Ed Halliwell

I came across this article today about the Mindful Manifesto – in Psychologies magazine. It is particularly interesting because it is written by a doctor and gives some insight into the scientific background, benefits and reasoning behind meditation and relaxation techniques. It is summed up as:

“How doing less and noticing more can help us thrive in a stressed – out world”.

relaxed man sitting down

G.P, Dr Jonty Heaversedge, when asked;   Are more GPs recommending mindfulness to their patients? Why do you think that is?

Replied:

“To be honest, I really thought that I must be one of very few GPs who knew anything about mindfulness, hence the reason Ed and I decided to write the Mindful Manifesto, in part at least to try and raise awareness of it. However, soon after we started talking about the book Ed was asked to write a report for the Mental Health Foundation on Mindfulness. As part of Ed’s work for the report a survey of GPs was carried out that showed that an amazing 72% of them felt that mindfulness based treatments would be helpful for their patients with mental health problems and 69% said that training in mindfulness would be helpful for all of their patients!

As GPs we are more aware than most of the connection between the body and the mind. We regularly see patients with physical symptoms clearly due to a stressed out mind, and we know that psychological problems such as depression and anxiety are at least 30% more common in people with chronic medical conditions. We are also aware of how important someone’s state of mind can be in helping patients deal with and recover from illness.”

He goes on to describe a little about the effects of stress and relaxation, from the medical, biological aspects….

“…Stress triggers the sympathetic nervous system, releasing adrenaline and, amongst other things, increasing our pulse and blood pressure in preparation to fight or run away from a perceived threat.

Mindfulness has the opposite effect, increasing activity in the parasympathetic nervous system. This relaxes blood vessels and decreases our heart rate – reducing our risk of developing high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

There is increasing evidence to suggest that the effects of mindfulness go far beyond simple relaxation, and research has shown significant benefits in managing a number of specific conditions.”

You can read the full article here: Psychologies

There is also more on meditation here: Chakra Balancing Meditation at the end of the article there is a free audio meditation for you.

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