in the late 1970's Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder and former director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, helped to bring the practice of mindfulness meditation into mainstream medicine and demonstrated that practicing mindfulness can improve physical and psychological wellbeing as well as positive changes in health, attitudes, and behaviours.
ABC Science - Mindfulness explained
What are the benefits of mindfulness?
Mindfulness improves well-being.
Being mindful makes it easier to savour the pleasures in life as they occur, helps you become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events.
By focusing on the here and now, people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, and are better able to form better connections with others.
Mindfulness improves physical health.
Scientists have discovered that mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in a number of ways. Mindfulness can: help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.
Mindfulness improves mental health.
In recent years, psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in treating several problems, including depression, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, couples’ conflicts, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.