You see, I don't easily take things on faith, I need to know how and why they work (witness my A Level in Physics). I couldn't believe in mindfulness unless I knew why it works.
I needed to know the science bit.
The neuroscience bit.
Luckily, at about that time I heard an interview with Ruby Wax on the radio.
She had the same questions that I had, but, as she herself says, she has the drive of a rottweiler, so she went in search of Professor Mark Williams, found him and enrolled on a Masters Degree in MCBT at Oxford University with the Professor himself. She's now written a book about the brain stuff that I wanted to know, so I don't need to do the MSc to find out.
I just got her book:
and things started to make sense.
I know now how and why mindfulness works.
If you want a quicker version (about half an hour) which explains the neuroscience, in layman's terms with a sense of humour, watch this: