...ALTERS THE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF THE BRAIN
Whilst still at a relatively early stage, the evidence-base for mindfulness is very encouraging. For example, brain imaging studies show that mindfulness practice reliably and profoundly alters the structure and function of the brain to improve the quality of thought, feeling and concern for others.
...SUPPORTS ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
Mindfulness interventions have reliably been shown to enhance so called ‘executive function’ (a cluster of cognitive processes which includes focus, attention, problem solving, planning, and self-management (Elliott, 2003). Relatively short mindfulness interventions have been sufficient to improve mindfulness, visual-spatial memory, working memory and sustained attention (Jha et al., 2010 Hölzel et al, 2011a).
USEFUL LINKS TO EXPLORE MORE RESEARCH ABOUT MINDFULNESS:
Oxford Mindfulness Centre:
Bangor University - Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice:
Be Mindful (Mental Health Foundation UK):
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence:
...MEDITATION RELIABLY & PROFOUNDLY ALTERS THE STRUCTURE & FUNCTION OF THE BRAIN TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF BOTH THOUGHT & FEELING
Mindfulness meditation appears to reshape the neural pathways, increasing the density and complexity of connections in areas associated with both cognitive abilities such as attention, self-awareness and introspection, and emotional areas connected with kindness, compassion and rationality, while decreasing activity and growth in those areas involved in anxiety, hostility, worry and impulsivity
(Davidson et al, 2003; Davidson and Lutz, 2008; Hölzel et al, 2011a and b).
...HELPS CREATE POSITIVE EMOTIONS AND BETTER RELATIONSHIPS
Correlational studies suggest that mindfulness as a trait is associated with better health and wellbeing in adults and young people, and that people who are more mindful generally experience more positive emotion, better relationships, greater wellbeing and less negative emotion and anxiety (Ciarrochi et al, 2010).