Mindfulness’s impact on healing explained online

Photo: a relaxed hand rests on a knee during meditation
A relaxed hand rests on a knee during meditation

Mindfulness techniques are appearing everywhere, with incredible data showing the health benefits of developing a meditation practice. Meditation is proven to be a reliable practice for managing the stress response. Since stress has been linked with most forms of chronic illness, this may account for how meditation is so therapeutic.

Health Promotion LIVE has an audio recording of a recent webinar Mindfulness in Medicine and Healing with Dr. Deborah Norris, who is the Executive Director of Science for Health Energy, Inc. and Founder of The Mindfulness Center in Bethesda. Norris packs a lot of scientific information into the open remarks (20 minutes) and webinar playback shows the PowerPoint presentation (Deborrah, you need some graphic relief: too much white, small, text on blue background; gets some photos). An excellent summation of the most recent research findings and their impact on healing and medicine. In the second half, there’s an interesting exchange among several panelists and several participants who tuned into the webinar.

The Mindfulness Center is a “wellness center providing Meditation, Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture, Tai Chi, Aerobics, Nia Dance, and other Mind-Body programs to bring mindfulness to all dimensions of life,” Deborrah’s site says. The webinar confirmed in my mind that The Mindfulness Center is an invaluable resource to have in the DC area. It opened up recently so it’s good to see that it’s finding its following (I assume from the crowded schedule of classes and workshops).