The current issue of the Harvard Gazette has a fascinating article entitled Eight Weeks to a Better Brain that shines new light on the real and measurable positive effects of mindfulness practice.
It was incredibly gratifying to read this, and of course I immediately forwarded the article to the participants in the current eight-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course. We discussed it in class the next day, and it was clear that this news gave several people a new hope that in fact what we are doing might actually work for them. It can be so hard for us to really believe we can be happy again or free from the need for medication, or simply have a sense of being in the driver’s seat of our minds and our lives. Seeing concrete evidence of changes in the structure of the brain gave us a new, firm foundation upon which to stand as we navigate the mind’s turbulence. Read More →