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MINDFULNESS RESOURCES
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It's always good, I believe, to have people to interact with when one begins to develop a foundation in the Mindfulness approach to life. So I encourage you to find a class, group, teacher or other human resource to help you learn.

In the meantime, however, many people prefer to read and explore in other ways. So in that spirit, let me offer some options. Please note that Mindfulness is a way of being in the world, not a set of techniques to be applied. The principles have been lifted (by others smarter than I) from Buddhism. As a result, the resources below overlap a great deal with Buddhist teachings, and in fact I believe that all of these authors, with the exception of Kabat-Zinn, identify as Buddhist. It is my hope that if your spiritual tradition is not Buddhist, that you might be willing to explore some of these concepts as a way of enhancing either your secular life, or your already-established spiritual practices.


My favorite books for getting started are:
 


Full Catastrophe Living
by Jon Kabat-Zinn

(or any of his other books)



Dancing With Life
by Phillip Moffitt

The Mindful Brain
by Daniel Siegel

 

Radical Acceptance
by Tara Brach


Anything by Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein,
Sylvia Bornstein, and Pema Chodron
 

Also check out:
www.umassmed.edu/cfm
www.dharmawisdom.com

Great audio recordings can be found at
www.soundstrue.co
www.mindfulnesscds.com
www.dharmaseed.org

Clinical Research on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Clinical Research on mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) has been conducted in many settings since it was first designed and implemented by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center about 30 years ago.

This collective research has shown MBSR to be a beneficial supplement to other treatments for conditions such as:

  Anxiety and panic
  Depression
  Eating concerns
  General stress
  High blood pressure
  Heart disease
  Fatigue/Chronic fatigue
  Sleep disturbances
  Headaches
  Gastrointestinal distress
  Skin disorders
  Chronic pain

For more specific information on the studies of MBSR and mindfulness, and a list of peer-reviewed papers/publications, please visit the Center for Mindfulness research page.

 

 

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