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The Evidence

The evidence is speaking for itself…

Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBI’s) provide well-documented, research and evidence from around the world, bringing  understanding and insight into our relationship with our own and others life experiences. MBI’s have been taught in the fields of mental health and behavioural medicine and the list of private sector settings is now growing rapidly. Schools, corporations, prisons, and government agencies are using mindfulness to great benefit.

  • The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends mindfulness MBCT for use in recurring episodes of suicidal depression.
  • The Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG) in the United Kingdom recommends that mindfulness training be used in the health and education fields, as well as in the criminal justice system and most workplaces. Here is a link to their report: Mindful Nation
  • Neuro-scientific studies have found that people who regularly practice mindfulness meditation have changes in the area of the brain controlling decision making, empathy, and attention span. Here is a link to Bangor University’s Mindful Brain Laboratory.
  • Studies have also shown that meditation positively affects health by reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and blood pressure, while increasing blood flow.
  • People who practice mindfulness experience many positive changes in their well-being, including stress reduction, increased energy, increased ability to control addictive behaviour, and more.

The lineage of Mindfulness-based interventions originates from the two most widely used and researched training programs across the world.

  • Developed by – Dr John Kabat-Zinn: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – used with a wide variety of populations with issues such as chronic pain, stress and anxiety disorder, and general self-care for mental health and well-being.
  • Developed by – Professor Mark Williams et al: Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) – originally developed to help those suffering from recurring depression, it is now also widely used with oncology patients and those with chronic fatigue syndrome and many other clinical conditions.

Links to Mindfulness research:
Mindfulnet.org
Mindfulness Research Association
Mindful.org

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