An associate professor of psychology at MTSU offered suggestions for slowing down your frantic thoughts in favor of becoming more mindful of the moment on a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
Gordon, who also is a practicing psychologist with Southeast Psych in Brentwood, Tennessee, instructs people on how to engage in both formal and informal mindfulness meditation practices.
Describing “mindfulness” as “an intentional awareness of the present moment” with curiosity as a component, Gordon leads his clients in meditation exercises designed to help them focus on the immediate in a world full of multitasking and future planning.
“In our physical health, it’s been applied successfully to assisting with treatments for everything from heart disease and epilepsy to cancer and diabetes,” Gordon said.
“In our mental health, it’s been applied to … difficulties managing your emotions, when your moods really swing up and down, as well as substance abuse, depression, all sorts of things.”
Gordon cautioned that he does not promote mindfulness and meditation as cures for physical diseases, but they have been proven to help people who are ill cope with the stress of their illnesses.
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