Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Used to treat chronic pain and depression, mindfulness meditation is now said to be able to change your brain.
In years past, studies have suggested that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is good for your health for a variety of reasons.

MBSR uses mindfulness meditation, which focuses attention on breathing, to develop increased awareness of the present moment and of unconscious thoughts, feelings and behaviors, thereby reducing stress and controlling emotions in order to improve your health.
For example, MBSR is an effective treatment for chronic pain and stress-related elevations in blood pressure. It also helps strengthen the body’s immune system and has proved to be an effective therapy in preventing relapse from clinical depression. Now we can add another benefit: In a study published in January 2011, MBSR is being credited with increasing the brain’s gray matter concentration in regions involved in learning and memory, emotion regulation, self-awareness and how people perceive others in social and emotional situations.
Experts recommend doing mindfulness exercises for a few minutes each day versus packing it all in on the weekends, so that this practice becomes a part of your everyday life. Beginners should seek out a trained mindfulness meditation teacher to start.

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