Science

Scientific publications point out benefits of meditation and mindfulness training.

Health

Balance Health and Well-Being

Brown & Ryan 2003 http://selfdeterminationtheory.org/SDT/documents/2003_BrownRyan.pdf
Shapiro et al. 2008 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18484600
Goyal et al. 2014 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24395196

Improves healing processes

Kabat-Zinn et al. 1998 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9773769

Boosts Immune functions

Davidson et al. 2003 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12883106
Morgan et al. 2014 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24988414

Reduces age-related effects on brain functions

Lazar et al. 2005 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1361002/
Santarnecchi et al. 2014 http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0108359

Increases relaxation Pain and tension release

Zeidan et al. 2012 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3580050/
Reiner et al. 2013 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23240921
Zeidan et al. 2016 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26985045
Hilton et al. 2017 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27658913

Improves Sleep quality

Black et al. 2015 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4407465/
Lau et al. 2018, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12671-017-0796-9

Performance

Positive Thinking

Davidson et al.2003 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12883106)

Improves body perception, awareness and self-regulation

Jong et al. 2016 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4927571/

Increases attention, affect and self-regulation

Hölzel et al. 2011 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004979/
Kurth et al. 2014 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4306280/

Enhanced emotion regulation

Goldin 2013 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3541489/
Jazaieri et al. 2014 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11031-013-9368-z

Increase of memory and attention performance

Chambers et al. 2008 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10608-007-9119-0
Tang et al. 2012 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22613871
Malinowski 2013 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3563089/

Higher mental fitness

Lutz et al. 2004 http://www.pnas.org/content/101/46/16369

Improves meta-cognitive skills (observe / analyze)

Farb et al. 2010 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20141299

Better stress management in business context

Shonin et al. 2015 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12671-014-0334-y

Better working environment and performance

Kersemaekers et al. 2018 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00195/full

Mindfulness-Classics in German-speaking area

Anderssen-Reuster, Ulrike, Meibert, Petra, & Meck, Sabine (Eds.). (2013). Psychotherapie und buddhistisches Geistestraining: Methoden einer achtsamen Bewusstseinskultur. Stuttgart: Schattauer.

Heidenreich, Thomas, & Michalak, Johannes (Eds.). (2004). Achtsamkeit und Akzeptanz in der Psychotherapie: Ein Handbuch. Tübingen: dgvt-Verlag.

Zimmermann, Michael, Spitz, Christof, & Schmidt, Stefan (Eds.). (2012).  Achtsamkeit: ein buddhistisches Konzept erobert die Wissenschaft. Bern: Huber.