In the study, the researchers surveyed 382 subjects answering the 15 questions that make up the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS). The study subjects were asked to characterize their own thoughts and behaviors, scoring their answers by using one of six the phrases such as “almost always” to “somewhat frequently” to “almost never”, regarding statements such as these :
“I rush through activities without being really attentive to them.”, or “I tend not to notice feelings of physical tension or discomfort until they really grab my attention.” Or, I find myself doing things without paying attention.”
Lead researcher epidemiologist Eric B. Loucks speculates that better mindfulness may be an indicator that a person may be better at managing their desire or cravings for smoking, unhealthy foods and other detrimental health practices. He says, “Mindfulness is changeable, and standardized mindfulness interventions are available. “Mostly they’ve been looked at for mental health and pain management, but increasingly they are being looked at for cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, smoking, and blood pressure.”
I highly recommend to my patients that they seek familiarity with the concept and practice of Mindfulness Meditation. It can benefit anyone in a number of ways, physically as well as emotionally.
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