The Benefits of Mindfulness & Meditation

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You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
— Jon Kabat-Zinn

Science is providing evidence to the benefits of mindfulness and meditation:

  • reduces stress and anxiety and depressive episodes

  • improves abilities to sustain attention and working memory

  • improves sleep

  • helps with chronic pain, IBS, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure

  • reduces emotional reactivity

  • improves relationships with self and others

  • improves immune system functioning

  • improves resilience skills

  • build empathy, kindness and compassion

  • decreases burnout

  • increases happiness and life satisfaction levels

  • improves productivity levels

  • enhanced creativity

  • better manager - employee relationships

  • builds ability to deal with conflicts

  • creates a more positive working environment

  • improves relationships with self and others

Three approaches to how mindfulness works:

  • physically using the breath and body as a place to stay grounded and focused, helps lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, calm feelings of overwhelm and relaxes tension and holding in the body.

  • neuroscience explains how we react and how the brain can change constantly and rewire itself. We then use the practices of mindfulness accordingly to help reduce reactivity and rewire positive neural connections for health.

  • psychologically we learn about the mind, our inner critic and our automatic thoughts and behaviours. Then we learn how to navigate these and respond effectively becoming more emotionally literate and agile and increase our ability to be with whatever arises in our experience.