To cultivate mindfulness is by bringing attention to breath. The breath is the literal mind/body connection. Breath is an anchor, helping us to return to the moment whenever we realize we are drifting. As your thoughts begin drifting to fear, anxiety, and pain, you are catapulted into another time and place. Breath can bring you back. Practices of meditation, yoga, tai chi, gi gong help you stay present and connected.
Jon Kabat-Zinn has published a great deal about mindfulness. His books, “Full Catastrophe Living“, and “Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life”, can help you find your way to mindfulness. In fact, he has created a system called MBSR or Mindful Based Stress Reduction to help you find peace in even the most difficult life experiences.
So, I you need scientific proof. Well, this brain scan shows changes in the brain that occur with meditation. Meditation improved immune responsiveness, increases blood flow to the frontal lobes which increases antibody titer to external challenges. Mindfulness helps clear the mind of clutter, allows you to relax and recharge.