“M.R.I. brain scans taken before and after the participants’ meditation regimen found increased gray matter in the hippocampus, an area important for learning and memory. The images also showed a reduction of gray matter in the amygdala, a region connected to anxiety and stress. A control group that did not practice meditation showed no such changes.”
He has been involved with mindfulness for a long time and has reported excellent results. He has done much of his work at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worchester, MA and has written several books explaining his work in detail. His writings are easy to understand and he makes mindfulness practice accessible to anyone who might be interested.
My personal preference when it comes to his books is Full Catastrophe Living in which he describes actual cases and groups of people that have benefitted from “mindfulness based stress reduction” (MSBR) practices.
MSBR “has many health benefits including help with the management of some chronic disorders and problems. An increase in the body’s immune system’s ability to ward off disease as well as a shift from a disposition towards right prefrontal cortex, associated with anxiety, depression, and aversion to the left prefrontal cortex associated with happiness, flow and enjoying something…other benefits… better healing of patients with psoriasis, a reduction in debilitating stress and an improvement in one’s overall happiness in life.”
Most importantly quality of life can be improved with MSBR and meditation. It seems that this type of practice could have far reaching implications for actual illness prevention and well being.
Perhaps we should encourage this practice in schools to work with children and really focus on the early prevention of anxiety and other serious life altering illnesses.
What are your thoughts???