APPLICATIONS

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. – Lao Tzu

Over the last decade, there has been a major increase in secular applications of mindfulness, the practice of focusing attention on your thoughts, feelings, and environment in the present moment. Below is a list of some of the areas in which mindfulness has useful applications:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional Pain/Trauma
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Focus and Attention
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Immune Function
  • Inflammation
  • Information Processing
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Memory
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Physical Pain
  • Relationship Satisfaction
  • School Performance
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Reduction
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Weight Management
  • Work Performance

 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds research on the benefits of meditation, including mindfulness meditation and mindfulness-based stress reduction. NIH provides the following recommendations regarding the use of mindfulness meditation:

  • Don’t use meditation to replace conventional care or as a reason to postpone seeing a health care provider about a medical problem.
  • Ask about the training and experience of the meditation instructor you are considering.
  • Help your health care providers give you better coordinated and safe care by telling them about all the health approaches you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health.