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How mindfulness helps...

Recently, neuroscience has made compelling discoveries about the brain’s capacity to change, grow, and heal.  This “neuroplasticity” shines a light on our inherent abilities to make real change in our bodies and minds.  New research in these areas is adding to the fields of medicine, psychiatry, psychology and education.

present moment mindfulnessMindfulness is part of this new paradigm.  Many studies addressing a wide range of health concerns have shown that mindfulness—paying attention on purpose, without judgment—has both an immediate and longer lasting effect.  People completing an eight-week course in mindfulness can experience decreased anxiety, a boost in their immune system, and an increase in brain activity related to resilience and positive mood.  There is growing evidence that such contemplative practice creates new pathways in the brain that can influence our lives for the better. 

The practices taught in Present Moment Mindfulness classes expand one’s sense of self-determination and choice when faced with chronic and acute health and wellbeing issues.

Mindfulness meditation is often an appropriate adjunct modality to medical and psychotherapeutic treatment, and research in the last 20 years has shown it directly impacts our ability to meet the demands of the following life conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Hypertension and Heart Disease
  • Stress related to a medical condition
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Chronic pain
  • Feeling chronically angry, rushed, or overwhelmed
  • Stressful life changes in work, family/relationships, and health
  • Asthma and respiratory conditions
  • Sleep disruptions

For more research results please go to:
http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/research/

And for Richard Davidson’s website, with current research and articles on the link between mindfulness and positive emotions, please go to:  http://psyphz.psych.wisc.edu/