What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we're doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations.
As seen from It has been scientifically proven that Mindfulness has the following effects:
1. Mindfulness reduces anxiety & stress
2. Mindfulness meditation reduces & can bring awareness of our own biases
3. Mindfulness can prevent and treat depression
4. Increase body satisfaction & self acceptance
5. Mindfulness meditation improves cognition
6. Mindfulness meditation helps the brain reduce distractions
Positive Psychology shows is the lasting effects of mindfulness as well, many of which directly affect and benefit the learning process:
Higher brain functioning;
Increased immune function;
Lowered blood pressure;
Lowered heart rate;
Increased attention and focus;
Increased clarity in thinking and perception;
Lowered anxiety levels;
Experience of being calm and internally still;
Experience of feeling connected.
Mindfulness & Language Learning
1.Learning a language is a journey --> Mindfulness reduces distractions; therefore, allowing you to more easily be in the present moment to accept the journey.
2.Language learning requires a commitment and mental space -->Mindfulness leads to increased awareness, attention, clarity, cognition & perception.
3.Seeking perfection is unrealistic and will lead you to suffer --> Mindfulness increases self acceptance, body satisfaction, and contributes to more peace, instead of chasing a moving target.
4.Language learning requires you to step out of your comfort zone--> Mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety, that might be triggered as we step away from known comforts.