Mindfulness is a powerful way to journey through life. It is being able to develop a moment-to-moment awareness of your life experience as it unfolds. It is being aware of your body, your thoughts and your emotions with an openness and friendly willingness to better understand yourself and the world around you. It's being present and awake for the joys in each day and experiencing all of life’s challenges without being overwhelmed by them. Mindfulness helps you find physical and mental calm in a very demanding world, so that you can respond with inner wisdom, compassion and insight. The latest research has also shown that mindfulness not only reduces stress, it literally can change the the structure and function of our brains.
What are the Benefits of Mindfulness?
- stress reduction
- improved mental focus and concentration
- decreasing the negative effects of heavy media multitasking
- reduces mind wandering
- greater mental clarity and balance
- improved overall health and wellbeing
- greater ability to respond to difficult situations and make wise decisions
- increased empathy and connection with others
Research has Shown . . .
A growing body of scientific research has shown significant health benefits from practicing mindfulness to conditions such as:
- high blood pressure
- chronic pain
- sleep disorders
- substance abuse
- addictive behaviors
Studies have shown that through mindfulness meditation we can alter the structure and function of our brains. Much like going to the gym and building muscle, we now know that we can also strengthen our brains through mental exercise. We already know about healthy eating and exercise, but we are just beginning to understand how keeping our brains healthy and strong can greatly impact our overall health and wellbeing!
Neuroscientists have found that after just a few weeks of mindfulness meditation, practitioners had measurable structural changes in parts of theirs brains involved in stress, focus and self-control, memory, sense of self and empathy. New studies, like this Harvard MRI study, are finding that we can actually change our brains through mindfulness practice.
What Can Mindfulness Do for You?
More research on the benefits of mindfulness. Click the links in blue below to read more research articles.
Enhance Focus, Performance & Productivity
Mindfulness has proven to be a powerful tool in enhancing performance by increasing focus, attention and resilience. Many schools, universities, athletic teams and even corporations like Intel, Dow Chemical, Aetna, Google, Goldman Sachs and General Mills have offered mindfulness training that resulted in improved performance, resiliency, decision making and productivity.
Studies have shown that people who trained in mindfulness experienced higher levels of positivity, life satisfaction, vitality, and adaptive emotion regulation, and lower levels of depression, anxiety and negativity.
Researchers at Stanford and Harvard Universities studied individuals who participated in eight-week mindfulness-based programs and discovered structural changes in their brains corresponding to areas of the brain that regulate emotion and the stress response. Other similar studies, found that participants in such programs experienced a significant reduction in stress and anxiety.