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.