Professor Mark Williams, co-developer of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and research fellow at Oxford University, discusses the science behind why mindfulness works, in calming stress and preventing depression from recurring.
If people are not mindful, then the amygdala–the part of the brain that underlies fight and flight; the evolutionary old part of the brain–that tends to be chronically overactive. What happens during mindfulness practice is it tends to damp that down; it tends to naturally inhibit as you learn mindfulness."
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