Mindfulness – researched benefits on the brain

For those of you who appreciate seeing research results, here is a study about the benefits of Mindfulness on the brain. It’s entitled “Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density” and is posted on the PMC U.S. National Library of Medicine’s website.

mbsr hippocampus

hippocampus changes with MBSR

Gray matter concentration increases in the left hippocampus for those that practiced mindfulness

This study shows the changes that occur in the brain after subjects took the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training program.  This is the program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, that I took and blogged about previously.

In a nutshell, what may catch your attention is the positive effects MBSR has on psychological well-being and alleviation of symptoms of a number of disorders including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, and chronic pain, as well as improving well-being and quality of life.

Mindfulness meditation involves the development of awareness of present-moment experience with a compassionate, non-judgmental perspective.

Mindfulness practices are simple to learn and do, but the challenge is remember to do these practices in order to experience the benefits.  ‘Mindfulness’ is quickly becoming a household word.  It’s well worth learning!


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