Meditation and Mindfulness Practice
Studies Prove the Healing Power of Mindfulness
Not long ago, meditation was widely generally considered to be an exotic, frivolous practice reserved for Buddhists, hippies, artists, musicians, and the like. Do you remember George Harrison and the Beatles, who were trained to meditate by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at an Indian ashram in 1968? They were at the height of their popularity, and later in his career, Harrison attributed much of his extraordinary musical creativity to meditation and related practices.
Since that time, a variety of meditative practices and yoga have become almost universally popular in western societies. During the past 20-25 years, many medical, neurological, and psychological studies have shown that meditation and other mindfulness practices contribute significantly to healing many physical and psychological problems and disorders. The term “mindfulness” is often used in this country to describe a practice of purposeful awareness of the mind and body. In mindfulness practice we pay complete attention to our present experience on a moment-to-moment basis. It’s an orientation that is characterized by curiosity, openness, and non-judgmental acceptance.
Studies have shown that the regular practice of mindfulness decreases loneliness, stress, depression and anxiety (Emma Seppala, Ph.D.). Another study reported by Dr. Seppala concluded that people who meditate are more compassionate – and more likely to offer help to those in need. Other studies indicate that mindfulness practice can decrease pain and inflammation, increase immune function, and improve memory, attention and creativity.
Our Center offers mindfulness training and counseling. We are highly experienced in integrating cognitive behavioral therapy and other methods with mindfulness training. Learn more about mindfulness practice by contacting our Center today.