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Mindfulness Resources

Suggested Reading

Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

Coming To Our Senses by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

Fully Present: the Science, Art and Practice of Meditation by Susan Smalley, PhD and Diana Winston

The Emotional Life of Your Brain by Richard J. Davidson, PhD and Sharon Begley

 

For information on classes and events

Orange County: Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine

Palm Springs area: Beth Mulligan, PA-C, Mindful Way Stress Reduction

San Diego area: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at UCSD

Los Angeles area: Insight LA  

Nationally: Center for Mindfulness, Healthcare and Society @ UMass Medical School      

 

Internet Video Resources

Presentation at UCSD by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD 

What Mindfulness Meditation Is 

How Mindfulness Meditation Works

The Role of Mindfulness in Education

Transform you Mind, Change your Brain, Richard J. Davidson, PhD

 

Key Research Papers

Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation. Davidson RJ, et.al. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12883106

Mindfulness-based stress reduction and health benefits. A meta-analysis.         Grossman P, et.al.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15256293

Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density. Hölzel BK, et.al. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21071182

 

Overview of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a quality of human consciousness characterized by an accepting awareness of and enhanced attention to the constant stream of lived experience. Being mindful increases engagement with the present moment and allows for a clearer understanding of how thoughts and emotions can impact our health and quality of life. Mindfulness can be cultivated through meditation practice. Mindfulness meditation practices have been formalized in programs such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) as well as other programs. Although mindfulness is an inherent human capacity that has been examined introspectively for millennia, scientific interest in mindfulness is burgeoning in the fields of medicine, psychology, social work, and business, as well as other areas. David S. Black, PhD, Mindfulness Research Guide

Here is a link with more about mindfulness and mindfulness research: http://www.mindfulexperience.org/