According to cognitive neuroscience, mindfulness practice in adults have shown significant physiological

decrease in anxiety, depression and overall stress. Findings also suggest, significant increases in

immune function, cognition and metacognition. This includes efficiency in planning, working memory,

problem solving, verbal reasoning, mental flexiblilty and task switching.

Therefore, doesn't it make COMMON sense to teach this to our children?


Researchers on mindfulness have investigated a Pre-K school-based mindfulness program that simply

included a series of mindfulness lessons for a half an hour, two times a week, for eight weeks. The

results indicated a significant increase in working memory, organization, planning and problem solving.

All related to the executive functioning control in the brain, which is found in the prefrontal cortex.

MindfulNEST Center invests significantly more hours and lessons in relation to this researched

studied program. The emphasis is on teaching children to frequently use the prefrontal cortex, the part

of the brain that uses higher level reasoning. Mindful practice naturally strengthens this part of the brain. 

We have incorporated the Mind Up and Mindful Life Schools Methods . These curriculums are among

the best mindfulness programs for children. It teaches children an understanding of how the brain works

at a very young age. As well as, teaching practical methods of developing attention skills, controlling

impulses, sensory awareness, emotional regulation, and empathy.   


Findings in a research study of participants engaging in an 8 week mindfulness mediation program show significant change

in brain structure. Investigators indicate that the results of the study reveal that mediation produced over time changes the

brain's grey matter.  

"Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that mediation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day. This study demonstrates that changes in the brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing".

-Sara Lazar Ph.D.

MGH Neuroimaging Research Program

     The MRI analysis found an increase in grey matter density specifically found in the hippocampus, the

part of the brain responsible for learning and memory. As well as, changes in brain structures related to

self-awareness, compassion and introspection. The amygdala, known to play an important role in stress

and anxiety: fight, flight or freeze reactions, showed a decrease in grey-mattter density. This means that  

mindful meditation relates to changes in the brain's plasticity which indicates that we can play an active

role in our mental health, well-being and quality of life.  

Amishi Jha, PhD, neuroscientist, who investigates mindfulness-training on individuals in high stress 

situations says, "These results shed light on the mechanisms of action of mindfulness-based training.

They can not only be reduced with an 8-week mindfulness training program but that this experiential

change corresponds to changes in the amygdala, a finding that opens the doors to many possibilities for

further research on MSBR's potential to protect against stress-related disorders, such as post traumatic

stress disorder".

       Clearly, mindful life practice has many benefits. But most of all, it is a tool that can be used to help

children learn to grow and develop into happy adults.   

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