La Mindfulness è una capacità  della mente che consente di  vivere l’esperienza del momento presente con un atteggiamento attento, curioso e aperto; è un modo particolare di essere presenti a tutto ciò che stiamo vivendo.

È una qualità della mente, una capacità che deve essere allenata!

Da oltre 30 anni studi scientifici (anche grazie alla RMF- Risonanza Magnetica Funzionale) hanno dimostrato che la Mindfulness aumenta il benessere psico-fisico, agendo su:

  • Riduzione dello stress
  • Maggiore concentrazione-attenzione
  • Maggiore memoria
  • Miglioramento delle performance e della creatività
  • Correlazione nagativa con Whorkaholism e Burnout
  • Miglioramento della gestione delle emozioni
  • Controllo dell’ansia
  • Riduzione della depressione

Con la Mindfulness si rafforzano le funzioni esecutive, che sono alla base della pianificazione, creazione di strategie, problem solving, creatività nella ricerca di soluzioni, autoregolazione emotiva, attenzione focalizzata (selezione degli stimoli).

Più in generale la Mindfulness ci permette di riscoprire un nuovo modo di vivere, più consapevole e gioioso, avere migliori performance lavorative, con relazioni più soddisfacenti e un contatto più profondo e genuino con le persone che amiamo; migliorano le relazioni umane in quanto si assume un atteggiamento più accogliente verso se stessi e verso gli altri.



Di seguito si riportano alcuni dei numerosi studi sull’efficacia della Mindfulness nel miglioramento della salute psicofisica dell’individuo.

  • Barnhofer, T., Duggan, D. S., & Griffith, J.W. (2011). Dispositional mindfulness moderates the relation between neuroticism and depressive symptoms. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 958–962.
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  • Branstrom, R., Duncan, L. G., & Moskowitz, J. T. (2011). The association between dispositional mindfulness, psychological well-being, and perceived health in a Swedish population-based sample. British Journal of Health Psychology, 16, 300–316.
  • Brown, K., & Ryan, R. (2003). The benefits of being present: mindfulness and its role in psychological wellbeing. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 822–848.
  • Campanella F., Crescentini C., Urgesi C., Fabbro F. (2014), Mindfulness –oriented meditation improves self-related character scales in helthy individuals. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55, 1269-1278.
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  • Chambers, R., Lo, B. C. Y., & Allen, N. B. (2008). The impact of intensive mindfulness training on attentional control, cognitive style, and affect. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 32, 303–322.
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Mindfulness meditation alleviates depressive symptoms in women with fibromyalgia: Results of a randomized clinical trial