The effects of mindfulness on a wide range of groups have been robustly tested and researched in some of the world’s leading universities.
The benefits fall into three main categories: general improvement of physical and mental wellbeing; a reduction or slowing down in some symptoms of physical illness; and a reduction of frequency and intensity of some destructive or unpleasant moods or feelings. Amongst the many researched benefits are:
Because regular practice of mindfulness can result in such a wide range of benefits, both physical and mental, for people whether they are well or suffering illness, Mindfulness Scotland wishes to make the practices of mindfulness become a mainstream norm across all strands of Scottish life.
Stressful lives often lead to us living on ‘automatic pilot’. When this becomes our habitual state, it can be associated with a number of stress related health problems.
When we can get in touch with qualities of mindfulness, the sense of brightness, clarity of purpose and sense of playfulness, creativity and inner peace, has many health benefits.
But don’t just take our word for it. The well-being felt through practicing mindfulness is evidenced-based.
What people said about mindfulness
“Mindfulness has given me a sense of sanity, peace and acceptance. I can now put all my thoughts to good use and honour the body I have. I understand that life is a sense of moments, so we must make them count!”
“Mindfulness is an application that cannot be learned in theory alone. The importance of practice is so important. The course has developed a range of practices that could not have been developed through other teaching methods”.
“It has transformed my (professional) practice and given me a sense of the possibility of a fundamental psychological revolution, of giving up constant becoming and striving and living with the process of learning from moment to moment”.
“This has been part of a process of change in some life style choices for me. It has helped me lose weight, relax and enjoy life more”.