The Research article linked below that I have just read raises a few key points for me.
There are many anecdotal stories from people who say that they have benefited three years after some intensive training in mindfulness meditation. Whether this be a formal one-week retreat or one of the many seven or eight-week programs around. The intensity of activity over the period does seem to change traits in our brains.
Slight disagreement I would have with the article is there are now approaches to mindfulness that can be practised in as little as 10 minutes a day, and that can even be split into 2 – 5 minute episodes. And moreover, you don’t even need to close your eyes to do them. This is an approach I have frequently used with clients and teach on the live workshops. If you want to look up further have a look at Unified Mindfulness. They offer a free online training.
The article below is written by Tom Jacobs, senior staff writer of Pacific Standard. He specializes in social science, culture, and learning.
Much research has linked mindfulness training with better physical and mental health. But few of us have the time or patience to commit to a lifelong daily practice. Good news: That may not be necessary. A new study of Scandinavian health-care professionals finds those who took a seven-week mindfulness course as a part of their schooling reported higher levels of well-being six years later.
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