by Deborah Metzger The Courier News and Home News Tribune, October 5th, 2010 The practice of mindfulness can improve physical, emotional and mental health. Though this claim isn’t brand new, it is one that Americans should listen to. Research supports the claims that mindfulness helps with such challenges as anxiety disorders, depression, relationship issues, sleep problems, eating disorders and stress management. And the benefits don’t stop there: recent research shows that meditation and mindfulness actually change our brains, behaviors, emotions — even our immune systems. So, the practice of mindfulness and its observed benefits are not new. What is new, however, is that we now have the technology to measure physiological effects of mindfulness on the brain and physical changes. What is mindfulness?