2015 – The benefits of mindfulness in preventing serious depression and emotional distress have been proven by clinical trials. Mindfulness — cultivated by simple forms of meditation — also works for people struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world. Studies have shown that by investing a few minutes each day, anyone can learn the techniques of mental training and incorporate them into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, depression and exhaustion, and to enhance their creative potential. With new brain imaging techniques, scientists can also see the changes that take place in the brains of people who learn to meditate. These changes help scientists understand the physical and psychological mechanisms that make mindfulness effective and to develop effective interventions to help people suffering mental distress.
What are the latest discoveries in neuroscience that can help us understand the brain, consciousness, memory and attention? What practical advice is there on detecting and coping with stress? What is “mindfulness,” why is it important and how does one practice it?