Some Research Evidence and for further study:
Scientists are making various studies on Mindfulness and Meditation. Take a look at some of the important studies made by Harvard in this field in past 5 years reinforce the benefits of meditation
2013: Can Inner Peace be improved by Mindfulness training: A randomised controlled trial, Xinghua Liu1*†, Wei Xu1, Yuzheng Wang1, J. Mark G. Williams2,Yan Geng1, Qian Zhang1& Xin Liu1, Research article: Beijing Key Laboratory of Learning and Cognition, Capital Normal University, Beijing AND University of Oxford [link]
REDUCTION OF ANXIETY, DEPRESSION & STRESS:
2013: Mindfulness-based therapy: a comprehensive meta-analysis, Khoury, B., Lecomte, T.,... Hofmann, S. G. Clinical Psychology Review, 33(6), 763-771. [link]
Mindfulness is actually a meditative practice which stems out from Buddhism, but has gained worldwide popularity in Health and Wellness industry as a distinctive method to handle emotions and stress. Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you do mindful meditation, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without any judgement. Mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
Have you noticed that the mind is usually ‘somewhere else’ planning or worrying about the future, regretting the past or re-living conversations that have already taken place?
Most people are rarely ‘in the-moment’. We spend most of our time lost in our heads, while ‘out there’ our lives are passing us by. We live in an "Auto-pilot mode". When we replace our thoughts with the lovely experiences of our lives, we can change the way we feel about our lives for the better. We can stop our minds to stop over-thinking to lead a stress free life by practicing meditation.
With mindfulness and meditation, you’ll develop an awareness of the true nature of reality. By observing what is happening within your mind, body, and the world around you, you’ll begin to lift the veil of illusion that creates the suffering in your life. This is essentially what a spiritual awakening is. Mindfulness meditation is a training of the mind that will help you to overcome your fears and painful emotions, so you can be free of the suffering.
Why Practice Mindfulness Meditation?
Today, people everywhere are making a Healthy Lifestyle choice and are taking up the practice because scientists are discovering a multitude of benefits. Health benefits include stress reduction, lower blood pressure, decreased risk of heart disease, overcoming depression and substance abuse, improved immune system, pain management, and many more. The practice has even been shown to slow the aging process.
Researchers have also found that mindfulness meditation improves our cognitive functions including IQ, memory, and creativity. But most importantly, mindfulness meditation will help you find the true happiness and inner peace you’ve been searching for your whole life. The practice can literally transform your life.