Benefits of mindfulness


EMOTIONs

Mindfulness gives us a pathway in which to approach our emotions and feelings with equanimity and kindness thus producing a more stable mood and feeling of well being. Less highs and lows while embracing the sweetness of life and the spectrum of emotions that exist. 

Compassion

When we begin to practice mindfulness we begin to cultivate a greater sense of self-compassion, which then ripples out in to other areas of our lives. When we approach our own lives with non-judgment and simply observe, we become empowered lead from our hearts.

ATTENTION

Studies show improved attention, enhanced creativity, and higher performance levels. When we slow down and create opportunities for stillness, we are actually creating more time. A mindfulness meditation practice sets the tone for the day and carries us through our moments with a feeling of being centered.

 

Calming

When we are equipped with the tools that help us respond, rather than react to triggers such as stress, we are empowered to make healthy, conscious choices that support harmony and peace with others and our environment rather than impulsivity that can lead to violence and destruction.


Mindfulness & the brain


Amygdala

Aroused when detecting and reacting to emotions, especially difficult or strong emotions such as fear. This part of the brain is less activated and has less gray matter density following mindfulness training.

Prefrontal Cortex

The part of the brain most associated with maturity, including regulating emotions and behaviors and making wise decisions. This part of the brain is more activated following mindfulness training

Hippocampus

Critical to learning and memory, and helps regulate the amygdala. This part of the brain is more active and has more gray matter density following mindfulness training.


Mindfulness outcomes


Cognitive outcomes

  • Attention
  • Focus
  • Improved Grades
  • Organizational Skills

Social-emotional

  • Emotion regulation
  • Behavior
  • Empathy
  • Social Skills

Well Being

  • Less Test Anxiety
  • Reduced Stress
  • Fewer Post traumatic symptoms
  • Mood Stabilization