The effect of mindfulness meditation

The effect of mindfulness meditation


It’s surprising that more people than ever are doing some form of this stress-busting meditation, and researchers have discovered it has some quite extraordinary effects on the bodies and minds of those who do it regularly.

Originally an ancient Buddhist meditation technique, but in the recent years mindfulness expertise has evolved into a range of therapy or a course to bring down stress levels, most of them focused on being aware of the present moment and simply do nothing but noticing feelings and thoughts as they come and leave.

It’s been accepted as a useful therapy for anxiety and depression for more than a decade. It’s being explored by various schools, sports teams and military units to enhance performance status,  and is showing promise as a way of helping sufferers of chronic pain, addiction and tinnitus, too. There is even some evidence that mindfulness can help with the symptoms of certain physical conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, and HIV.

Until recently little was known about how a few hours each week of a quiet reflection could lead to such an intriguing range of mental and physical effects. Now, as the popularity of mindfulness grows, brain imaging techniques are revealing that this ancient practice can profoundly change the way different regions of the brain communicate with each other – and therefore how we think – permanently.

Perhaps it is a new age, quasi-spiritual connotations of meditation that have so far prevented mindfulness from being hailed as an antidote to our increasingly frantic world. Research is helping overcome this perception, and ten minutes of mindfulness could soon become an accepted, stress-busting part of our daily health regimen, that helps us to perform and feel all the most better,  just like going to the gym or brushing our teeth.

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