Does Mindfulness meditation work? The increasing evidence
Does Mindfulness meditation work? - Well one of the really exciting things about Mindfulness meditation is the increasing evidence pointing to the very real benefits that can be gained with sustained or even relatively short term practice. A good illustration of the interest in Mindfulness practices shown by the scientific community is shown in the graph of Mindfulness Journal Publications from 1980 - 2018
Mindfulness has established a strong credibility in the health field. Since 2009 it has been written into the NICE guidelines for treatment of depression.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is an independent public body that provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care in England.
Many large organisations, such as, Google, Time Warner, Apple, AstraZeneca, BT, Deutsche Bank, IBM, McKinsey, Procter and Gamble, Reebok, and many others have run or are running mindfulness programmes. In the UK, MBSR is being piloted in schools, and in government, the prison system and for unemployed people.
The Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG) was set up in 2014 with the stated purpose:
To review research evidence, current best practice, extent and success of implementation, and potential developments in the application of mindfulness within a range of policy areas, and to develop policy recommendations for government based on these findings.
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WHAT IS NEUROPLASTICITY?
Neurones that fire together, wire together
If you are asking does Mindfulness meditation really work and are keen to find out more information through research based papers, then I highly recommend you follow this link, Scholarly articles for MBSR' as a springboard to a catalogue of journal articles ranging in topic from, Mindfulness in the workplace, to the clinical applications of Mindfulness relating to Stress, Autism, ADHD and research into the clinical applications of many other specific conditions.
Finally a very interesting article 'Minfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density' (Psychiatry Res. 2011 Jan 30; 191(1): 36–43.) contains , as part of its conclusion, the statement:
Demonstrating morphological increases in regions associated with mental health, the data presented here suggest a plausible underlying neural mechanism, namely, that such increases represent enduring changes in brain structure that could support improved mental functioning.