Mindfulness Changes the Brain

Following mindfulness training, the amygdala (responsible for detecting and reacting to difficult or strong emotions) is less activated and has less gray matter density. 

The hippocampus, which helps regulate the amygdala and is critical to learning and memory, is more active.The prefrontal cortex is also more active – the part of the brain most associated with maturity, including regulating emotions and behaviors and making wise decisions. 

A growing body of research and neuroscience has shown many benefits of mindfulness:

  • Better focus and concentration

  • Increased sense of calm

  • Decreased stress and anxiety

  • Enhanced health

  • Improved impulse control

  • Increased self-awareness

  • Skillful responses to difficult emotions

  • Increased empathy and understanding of others

  • Development of natural conflict resolution skills