Mindfulness meditation is a type of meditation practice that focusses on consciousness and the relationship between the mind and body in terms of awareness. The principle behind mindfulness is simple and that is to avoid expected responses or mechanical reactions on usual situations and focus on the present moment instead. There several benefits of mindfulness and these benefits can be achieved by becoming aware of your inner sensations and the world turning around you. Based on clinical and psychological studies, mindfulness meditation has the following notable benefits:
Improved mental abilities
Mindfulness meditation allows you to focus on the present time and revert your mind back to the present whenever it wanders off. Mindfulness also enhances brain function due to brain plasticity or its ability to bounce back after a stressful situation. With constant mindfulness training, one increases the activity of the left brain anterior, the part of the brain associated to reducing the effect of stress or depression.
Reduced depression symptoms
Mindfulness is used in clinical treatment and therapy sessions as it can reduce the recurrence of depression by 50%. This is one of the more notable benefits of mindfulness which is why it is used to counter negative thoughts of the patient.
Prevents rapid cell aging
According to the result of a 3-month study which was published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, mindfulness meditation enhanced the activity of Telomerase. Telomerase is a type of enzyme that prevents cell degeneration or cell death which is associated with ageing. With mindfulness meditation, one can slow down age-related diseases and prolong cell life.
Boosts the immune system
Aside from improving the cognitive abilities of a person, mindfulness training also helps in boosting the immune system, according to a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine in 2003. Based on the study those who participated in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program had strengthened immune system compared to another control group. Mindfulness increased the production of antibodies. There are several benefits of mindfulness and the good thing about this training is that, it is not time-demanding as you can do it in 10-20 for three times in a week.