Videos/Articles on Mindfulness

Learn about mindfulness, mindfulness meditation, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Here Mark Williams, an originator of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, speaks about its usefulness for depression.

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Jon Kabat Zinn, creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, talks about what mindfulness is, and how we can learn it.

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Short animation on how mindfulness helps stress and moods.

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Mary Oliver on waking up.

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Brain science and mindfulness…

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Articles

Accepting Fears, Wall Street Journal – Melinda Beck writes about the use of mindfulness and acceptance in mental health and personal growth.

Lotus TherapyNew York Times – beautiful article on a variety of paths to mindfulness.

Yes I Suck: Self-Help Through Negative Thinking, Time Magazine – Many of us have at one time or another believed that it’s better to avoid negative thoughts. Martin Seligman has proposed that people should just think optimistically. But this bit of research refutes that, supporting a major premise of mindfulness, namely that running away from thoughts doesn’t work, that learning to be with them does work.

Brief Meditative Exercise Helps CognitionScience Daily – “Some of us need regular amounts of coffee or other chemical enhancers to make us cognitively sharper. A newly published study suggests perhaps a brief bit of meditation would prepare us just as well.”

We Don’t Surrender Until We Have To, New York Times – the story of a journalist and a quadriplegic. “I went home with nothing particularly resolved, but happier than I’d been in years.”

On Becoming a Person: The Good Life and the Fully Functioning Person, Carl Rogers – a prescient description of the value of being fully open to experience in order to be a well developed person.

At End-Of-The-Line Prison, An Unlikely Escape, NPR – by Debbie  Elliott – In a prison for the most hardened criminals,  mindfulness  meditation is taught, and – amazingly – prisoners are responding.

Hazy Recall as a Signal Foretelling Depression, New York Times – by Alastair Gee – Describes research by MBCT co-creator Mark Williams. Over-general memory, a clinical name for hazy recall, looks like this. If you ask a person for a specific memory (something less than a day, say) about going out for dinner, and the person responds, “Dinners always bore me,” that may be an over-general memory.  The article is a bit heady, but makes an interesting connection between this and how mindfulness can help.

Go Easy on Yourself, a New Wave of Research Urges, New York Times – by Tara Parker-Pope – discussion of the importance of compassion for the self. Compassion is increasingly part of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and other mindfulness-based trainings.

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