There are now thousands of research papers on the effective application of Mindfulness training that has fuelled its interest in recent years. Importantly the scientific evidence that supports mindfulness based interventions offer much hope for the medical industry particularly as it offers a drug free approach to the rise in mental health issues in young adults particularly.
Recent research indicates repeatable beneficial effects on many things including brain and immune system function, ageing, reduction in depression and its symptoms, stress and various other medical symptoms.
Mindfulness is recognised and recommended by NICE, the NHS, The Mental Health Foundation who each confer there are significant benefits for health, well-being and quality of life in general.
Research also suggests that Mindfulness Practitioners are less likely to experience significant psychological distress that may lead to depression or severe anxiety attacks. They may also be less neurotic and more outgoing leading to a greater sense of well-being and life satisfaction.
The benefits also extend to our relationships, communication, and conflict resolution. Closely correlated with emotional intelligence. Our own research area is to determine whether mindfulness has the ability to enhance cultural intelligence as an advancement of human evolution and inter-connectivity.
However, it is also important to emphasis that mindfulness is no universal panacea that will cure all ills. It is also fair and important to say that mindfulness may not be for everyone and some studies show that for a small number of individuals, mindfulness may be even be counter productive.
The Science of Mindfulness explained by some great teachers.
Scientific studies have shown there is a multitude of benefits linked to a sustained mindfulness practice.