Meditation training is currently applied widely in a variety of settings, where both its popularity as a therapeutic intervention and evidence for its effectiveness are growing (Galla, O’Reilly, Kitil, Smalley, & Black, 2014; Goyal et al., 2014; ; Khoury et al., 2013; Sequeira, 2014). Mental health and mindfulness are closely correlated and have proven effective. So effective that, Mindfulness is getting increasingly recognized as a important and effective tool in dealing with various mental health challenges and symptoms. Beyond breathing exercises (pranayama and yoga practices), mindfulness means being fully aware of the facets of the body and mind at its present moment.
Models of Mindfulness practice
The five-aggregate model
An ancient model of the mind, generally known as the five-aggregate model enables one to understand the moment-to-moment manifestation of subjective conscious experience, and therefore can be a potentially useful theoretical resource to guide mindfulness interventions.
The five aggregates are described as follows:
- Material form: includes both the physical body and external matter where material elements are continuously moving to and from the material body.
- Feelings: can be pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral.
- Perceptions: represent being aware of attributes of an object (e.g. color, shape, etc.)
- Volition: represents bodily, verbal, or psychological behavior.
- Sensory consciousness: refers to input from the five senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting or touch sensations) or a thought that happens to arise in the mind.
The two-component model of mindfulness involves the self-regulation of attention so that it is maintained on immediate experience, thereby allowing for increased recognition of mental events in the present moment. The second component involves adopting a particular orientation toward one’s experiences in the present moment, an orientation that is characterized by curiosity, openness, and acceptance.
Stress and Anxiety
Mindfulness therapy is an effective solution for stress management. The approach works through a focused relaxing of the body and mind during, and after, stressful events. Mindfulness practices alleviate anxiety by focusing oneself on your present state, rather than worries about the future or other destructive ruminations.
Mindfulness leads to better control over emotions, which can be beneficial for coping with depression. Depression leads emotions such as sinking into the black hole of negative thoughts, rejection, and self-criticism. The mindfulness practice generates awareness that ensures a more holistic response to any situation without being caught up in overwhelming or negative emotions.
Yubi Health recommendations and engagement module help with practice of mindfulness that can help cope up with depression and anxiety by bringing this time tested techniques in a simple and easy way to the end user and helping create a sustainable outcome to the user.