When considering the benefits of mindfulness, it is also appropriate to consider how well, if you were really trying, you could actually sit down and quiet your mind into a state of meditation. How hard is it to let go of the past for just a few moments, let go of worries about the future, and just exist in the present? Mindfulness has been described by expert Jon Kabat-Zinn as paying intense attention to the present moment without judgment, as if your life depended on it. Whether or not that is the case, research on mindfulness meditation has shown to increase telomerase and boost our immune system.
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