The origin of Mindfulness is rooted in Buddhist philosophy and practice tradition more than 2500 years old. It is an effective practice without any religious context of Buddhism, and is often taught as a non-sectarian practice in the West.
The most famous internationally protocol based on Mindfulness is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), it was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in the United States, to help people with a wide range of physical and mental health problems.
The teaching of MBSR has been extensively developed in hospitals and clinics for staff, medical students and patients, also in companies, law firms, universities, schools and government agencies. Evidence-based research shows MBSR to be effective in helping chronic pain and fatigue, depression, anxiety, life stress, psoriasis, cancer amongst many other conditions, and it also provides a framework in supporting self-care.
Mindfulness provides a series of cognitive and executive functions, favors a greater degree of self-awareness and facilitates the processes of emotional regulation, so that enables the individual to replace other more conscious automatic responses.
1. Mindfulness can dramatically reduce pain and emotional reaction to it.
2. Improves mood, quality of life and ability to relax.
3. Improved self-esteem and reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress, depression, exhaustion and irritability.
5. Enhances your cognitive abilities, creativity, concentration and reaction speed.
7. Reduce the addictive and self-destructive behavior as well as eating disorders.
8. Improves brain function and calms the part of the brain responsible for producing stress hormones.
9. Meditation boosts activity in the immune system.
10. Mindfulness can prevent cellular aging.
11. Meditation and mindfulness improve blood sugar control in type II diabetes.
12. Meditation improves heart health and circulation, lowering blood pressure.