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Chemistry of mindfulness

Mindfulness isn’t a belief system. You don’t need to believe in mindfulness to appreciate the benefits, that would be like saying you need to believe in exercise! For mindfulness to be effective all you need to do is practice and apply it.

brain chemistry

Research has shown that when we meditate there’s a real change in brain chemistry. It’s not a matter of believing we feel calmer and less stressed, the chemical composition of our brain and nervous system changes to bring about the benefits. The transformation occurs during meditation and with regular practice it can become a part of our everyday experience.

Feelgood effect

Put simply, when we bring our attention to the present moment, in meditation, levels of the ‘stress hormone’, cortisol, decrease and levels of ‘happy hormones’ or neurotransmitters such as serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins increase. This feelgood effect is real, not imagined. All we need to do is practice!

To develop your practice and experience the benefits for yourself, see Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley and Wirral pages for details of mindfulness classes and courses near you.

Sources

The neuroscience of mindfulness meditation Nature Reviews Neuroscience
Mindfulness meditation practice changes the brain Havard Health Publications

Illustration

Brain chemistry illustration by The Doodologist © 2017, all rights reserved.

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