Commonly, when people wish to explore the benefits from mindfulness meditation, it is because they want to be able to slow down their minds that otherwise typically seem to run wild most of the day, so that they can have more harmony in life. With regular mindfulness meditation practice you develop your ability to experience the richness of life, moment by moment, and discover beauty, love and joy in the little things that you often just hurry past, on your way to… well, the next moment, really, which you then may miss too, because you are in a hurry to get to the moment after that!
Regular mindfulness meditation practice teaches you how to appreciate the life that you are given, just as it is, and ultimately to find the peace that is always present, even in those moments when everything is in turmoil.
Research on benefits from mindfulness meditation
The scientific community is increasingly becoming interested in the benefits from mindfulness meditation practice, and some intriguing findings are coming out of the research. Here are some examples that may interest you:
• Changes in the grey matter of the brain in regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress were detected in people who participated in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program, according to report from a research team at Massachusetts General Hospital. Read more…
• University students who were taught mindfulness meditation were found to have fewer problems with ‘mind wandering’ and hence performed better on tests of working memory and reading comprehension, according to a research team from the department of psychological and brain sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Read more…
• Adolescents in ages 13-20 who were taught mindfulness meditation practices in a classroom setting, showed less symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression both immediately after and six months after the program (if they continued the practice), according to a research team from the University of Leuven in Belgium. Read more…
• Healthy older (ages 55-85) adults were found to experience less loneliness, which is a major risk factor for health problems and mortality in older adults, after participating in a mindfulness meditation program. Furthermore, blood tests also indicated a reduced risks for inflammatory disease, according to a study performed at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA. Read more…
Mindfulness meditation course
You can read more articles about Mindfulness and Meditation here, and if you want to find out how mindfulness meditation practice can be of benefit to you, please, consider participating in the Integrating Awareness Meditation course.
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