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The therapeutic benefits of the gold standard of mindfulness training, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), from which all other MBIs (Mindfulness Based Interventions), including MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), are derived, are extremely well-documented and researched. Indeed, there are thousands of peer-reviewed studies and academic papers (3,500+) attesting to the myriad of health benefits - including actual changes in brain structure that can result – providing the mindfulness meditative training practices are diligently learnt and practiced throughout the full 8-week MBSR training program. It is estimated that a further 35-40 research papers revealing and confirming further benefits are appearing worldwide each month at the present time.
There is rapidly growing interest too, in both the impact of Mindfulness in the Workplace, and Mindfulness in Coaching, with a growing evidence base behind them. The UK held the first Mindfulness at Work conference in 2012, and there is a much larger one planned to take place at in September, 2014, co-hosted by Cranfield University's School of Management, together with Mindfulnet.org. As mentioned above, also in September, in Australia, is a world-first Mindful Leadership Global Forum, hosted by the WakeUpProject. Michael Chaskalson’s recent book, The Mindful Workplace: Developing Resilient Individuals and Resonant Organisations with MBSR (2011) and Janice Maturano's Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership (2014), are being seen in some coaching and leadership domains as equal in importance and influence to Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence a decade or so ago. There are increasingly longer lists of companies in USA and UK who are offering mindfulness training to their employees, and the list is slowly growing in Australia too.
Here is a miniscule sample of the type of peer-reviewed papers that have appeared over the last decade:
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