Mindfulness-based therapy uses meditation techniques and the insights that arise from them to alleviate suffering and foster well-being. It operates at the cognitive level in challenging and providing an alternative to default ways of dealing with psychological difficulties. It operates at an experiential level when meditation is practiced on a regular basis. Meditation becomes a vehicle for learning and self-healing that promotes physiological awareness. It has proven to have beneficial effects by relaxing the mind and body and optimizing brain functioning.