'60 Minutes' Examines The Benefits Of Mindfulness

WATCH: '60 Minutes' Examines The Benefits Of Mindfulness

Anderson Cooper dove headfirst into the world of mindfulness in a segment on Sunday night's "60 Minutes".

"This is just the next generation of exercise, we’ve got the physical, you know, exercise components down, and now it’s about working out how can we actually train our minds," Dr. Judson Brewer told Cooper of mindfulness. Dr. Brewer is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at the University of Massachusetts.

Cooper attended a mindfulness retreat and learned about the benefits of meditation, then met with Dr. Brewer and saw that the benefits of meditation are clearly visible via neurological measurements. After thinking of something anxiety-provoking, Cooper begins meditating and on-screen instruments show brain cells instantly reacting to the mindfulness technique.

As Cooper explains, “Dr. Brewer believes everyone can train their brains to reach that blue mindfulness zone. But he says all the technology we’re surrounded by makes it difficult.”

Watch the clip from "60 Minutes" above (via CBS)

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