Mindfulness is a practice of directing and sustaining attention in the present moment.
It can help you reduce stress, experience greater clarity of mind and build emotional resilience.
Benefits of Mindfulness
Some benefits of a regular mindfulness practice
- Improved Concentration and Memory
- Decreased Anxiety and Depression
- Increased Adaptability and Resilience
- Better Problem Solving
- Improved Immune System Functioning
- Reduced Physical Symptoms of Stress
- Decreased Reactivity and Habitual Behaviors
- Increased Empathy
- Enhanced Sense of Well Being
- Increased Productivity
- Better Interpersonal Communications
The Science of Mindfulness
Mindfulness training is an evidence-based intervention, backed by decades of scientific studies corroborating the efficacy of meditation and mindful practices. A 2005 study published in NeuroReport found that regular meditators experienced a thickening and increase in gray matter of certain areas of the cortex and insula involved in short-term and working memory, as well as learning, emotional regulation and decision making.
Research on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a decades-old strategy for calming the mind developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts, has also found meditation to be effective at lowering key stress-reaction indicators like cortisol levels and heart rate variability, while increasing gamma activity in the pre-frontal cortex. Studies have confirmed increased immune function after meditation, and college students trained in mindfulness performed better on the GRE. Many of these positive results continued to expand with the subjects’ ongoing development of mindfulness skills.