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Benefits

A
growing body of scientific research points to measurable benefits of meditation:

  • calms body and mind
  • strengthens immune system
  • helps coping with chronic illness
  • expands basis for self-compassion
  • reduces the experience of pain
  • helps with sleep disturbances
  • lowers high blood pressure
  • increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
  • reduces worrying (catastrophizing)
  • reduces mind-wandering
  • improves overall quality of life

Click here for summaries of meditation-related research


Definition and video by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, the originator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness is “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.”

~ Kabat-Zinn, J. (2003). Mindfulness‐based interventions in context: past, present, and future. Clinical psychology: Science and practice, 10 (2), 144-156. Link.

The science of mindfulness

A recent meta-analysis of 209 studies enrolling 12,145 participants with a variety of disorders concluded that mindfulness-based therapy is especially effective for reducing anxiety, depression, and stress.

~ Khoury, B., et al. (2013). Mindfulness-Based Therapy: A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis. Clinical Psychology Review. Abstract.

TED talk by Harvard neuroscientist Sara Lazar. Brain scans show that meditation can actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress.