Mindfulness meditation lowers biomarkers of stress

Here is an interesting description of a study that showed that patients suffering from anxiety had “sharply reduced stress-hormone and inflammatory responses to a stressful situation after taking a mindfulness meditation course”. This was in comparison to patients taking place in a non-meditation stress management course. For the article in Medical Express click here.

Mindfulness is a group of techniques that have found their way into psychotherapy, including CBT, from Buddhism. Its aim is to train the mind to focus on external and internal experiences in the here and now. For the Wikipedia article, click here. Mindfulness was made popular by Jon Kabat-Zinn, among others. “Mindfulness” is a translation of the Pali term “sati”.

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