Increases in grey matter have been shown in the following areas of the brain after an 8 week MBSR course:
The Prefrontal Cortex – supports our attention & concentration
The Insula – supports awareness of our emotional world & ability to be empathetic
The Hippocampus – supports emotional regulation, learning and memory
Increases activation in the left frontal area of the brain – this helps lift our mood.
Decreases stress related cortisol.
Strengthens the immune system.
Increases the body’s levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in positive emotion, digestion and sleep.
Increases the bodies levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that supports energy, sleep and attention.