What is mindfulness?
There are several definitions of mindfulness. However, the most popular definition is the one provided by Jon Kabat Zinn. It is “paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally”.
Is it a religious practice?
Although mindfulness is supposed to have originated in Buddhism, all contemplative religions have practiced it in one form or the other. For example, prayer is one form of mindfulness practice. This course is completely secular.
Can anyone learn and use it?
Anyone, including children, can learn and use it. However, this course is designed for adults over the age of 18.
Can people with mental health issues participate in this course?
Although research has shown that mindfulness alleviates symptoms of anxiety or depression, it may bring up uncomfortable feelings. Therefore people who may be suffering from anxiety, depression or other mental health issues should consult their doctor before joining this course.
Is meditation necessary to become mindful in daily life?
People can become more mindful in their daily activities, e.g. while brushing their teeth, eating meals, communicating with others etc. However, meditation is the foundation on which the mindfulness is built. Practice is essential. There is no short cut.
Is mindfulness harmful?
A couple of studies have suggested that mindfulness practice can harm individuals who have a fragile temperament or other mental health issues. Mindfulness is about observing one's thoughts and feelings, both comfortable and uncomfortable, in a non-judgemental way. Some individuals may become anxious or depressed when they witness uncomfortable feelings or thoughts. For such people, mindfulness may not be completely suitable.
How long should one practice to become completely mindful in all activities?
Becoming completely mindful is a myth. It is just not possible unless one becomes a monk and retires to a sanctuary. Even then it may be impossible. Mindfulness practice is a life-long endeavour. The more one practices the more mindful one becomes. The beauty of mindfulness is that it is very enjoyable and becomes more so with practice.
What are the benefits of mindfulness?
Every passing day researchers are finding more and more areas where mindfulness can benefit, e.g. anxiety, depression, anger, eating disorders, sleep problems, boosting immune system, increasing overall mental and physical health, psoriasis etc. However, most of these areas require more research to confirm the beneficial effects of mindfulness. Stress alleviation is one area that everyone seems to agree on.
What is Coherence?
It is also called cardiac coherence. This is a state in which the body systems, particularly the heart, brain and the nervous system are in harmony. This state is characterised by a sense of calm, quiet and control.
What is the difference between Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and Coherence?
HRV is the beat to beat variation in the interval between heart beats. Heart does not beat like a metronome. There is a minor difference in the length of the intervals between two heart beats. The emotional state of an individual is reflected in the his/her HRV. All things being equal, higher HRV is indicative of better psychophysiological health. Therefore, HRV is now accepted as an excellent marker of psychophysiological health.On the other hand, Coherence is the pattern of heart rhythm which can be very chaotic when one is experiencing negative emotions and smooth when the emotions are positive.
Is the HRV/Coherence measured in the course?
A one-minute protocol is used to determine your current HRV as well as how it compares to others similar to you in age and gender.
Can one improve HRV and Coherence?
This course teaches you techniques that have been developed by HeartMath® Institute (HMI) over 30 years precisely to do that. The different techniques are called Quick Coherence® Technique (QCT), Heart-Focused BreathingTM Technique (HFB), Heart Lock-In® Technique (HLI), Attitude BreathingTM Technique (AB), and Coherent Communication TM Technique (CC).
Is there a difference between Mindfulness and Coherence?
Mindfulness works at the level of the mind to achieve a state of calm, quiet and control and may be referred to as top-down processing. Coherence works at the level of the heart and achieves a similar state which may be referred to as bottom-up processing. Both work synergistically.
What is Neuroplasticity?
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to grow new neurons and form synapses.
How is Neuroplasticity useful in daily life?
Positive Neuroplasticity is a way to capture the beneficial things that occur in our daily life and translate them into long term changes by altering the underlying neural configuration.