It’s amazing what your mind can do.

Spoiler Alert! Mindfulness is not a magic pill. Sorry to break it to you. Like anything worthwhile in life, particularly where our health and well-being is involved, we must make concerted efforts to change aspects of ourselves and our lifestyles in order to experience benefits. The practice of mindfulness is just that — a practice. Like trying to strengthen your muscles with weight training, the practice of mindfulness is developing the muscle in your head — the brain. What is a sure thing is that, if you practice regularly, systematic changes in your brain’s architecture, along with noticeable, measurable changes in cognition, affectivity (emotions and mood) and physical health will occur. Just remember: mindfulness is a program that works, if you work the program.

Here is a list of current research on the benefits of mindfulness:

The Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto has compiled an extensive list of the current academic and medical research on mindfulness: https://www.mindfulnessstudies.com/mindfulness/evidence/

The American Psychological Association publishes empirically supported benefits of mindfulness: https://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/07-08/ce-corner.aspx

UBC’s smartEducation (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) program outlines the support for mindfulness based stress reduction for educators: https://education.ok.ubc.ca/research/smartineducation.html

Global Insurance Giant, Aetna’s published its own findings on the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mindfulness-is-aetna-ceos-prescription-for-success_us_5a4bf577e4b0d86c803c7a1f

The Cleveland Clinic, a medical research and training centre offers a summary on some of the most important medical benefits of mindfulness on mental and physical health: https://consultqd.clevelandclinic.org/evidence-based-mindfulness-what-science-tells-us-about-mindfulness-meditation-and-its-benefits/

Mindfulness Meditation Benefits: 20 Reasons Why It's Good For Your Mental And Physical Health: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/mindfulness-meditation-benefits-health_us_3016045

Videos

 

Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder of MBSR and explains the basics of this growing practice.

 

The now famous video from journalist Dan Harris explaining (humorously) what mindfulness is and isn’t.

 

A short video out of the UK demonstrating just how little control we have over our minds.