The Science Behind Mindfulness
Practicing mindfulness actually changes the brain. Here is the scientific research behind this fact:
The Amygdala is what we often refer to as our monkey mind. It is important, as it is shown in research to perform a primary role in the processing of memory, decision-making and emotional responses (including fear, anxiety, and aggression). It is often knows as the “fight or flight” center. MRI scans show that after an eight-week course of mindfulness practice this part of the brain appears to shrink.
The the prefrontal cortex is associated with higher order brain functions such as awareness, concentration and decision-making. This part of the brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. After an eight-week course of mindfulness practice, MRI scans show that this part of the brain appears to have thickened.