So I have put together a mini resources guide to Mindfulness for you to dip into.
You can follow up on some of the best books to get started with and learn more about the subject. It’s like a beginner’s guide. Hope it’s helpful!
Jon Kabat-Zinn, along with his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, has been at the forefront of establishing mindfulness in the west.
Previously mindfulness and meditation were mainly experienced by Buddhists and those who were on a spiritual path.
Kabat-Zinn has made it accessible for all. He worked particularly with people suffering with chronic pain and developed his 8-week mindfulness programme to help them manage it. He has several publications, the most thorough title is Full Catastrophe Living.
The 2 minute video below is a great reminder from Kabat-Zinn that Mindfulness is not just about managing stress, pain and anxiety, but involves opening your heart.
Andy Puddicombe and Headspace
Andy Puddicombe is a former Buddhist monk who set up Headspace with the aim of demystifying meditation.
His downloadable apps and mindfulness programmes are now used by thousands of people. He describes it as ‘gym membership for the mind.’
He is keen to encourage people to spend a daily 10 minutes on their meditation practice, keeping it manageable for most to do.
Here Puddicombe introduces mindfulness and talks about how he first got into meditation in this 10 minute video:
‘Mindfulness A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
Professor Williams was head of the Oxford Centre for Mindfulness. He and his colleagues developed a programme similar to Kabat-Zinn’s but with the focus on managing depression. This book consists of the 8-week programme and cd with meditations.
His website also has useful information including some free meditations for you to try here.
Here is a great resource for articles related to mindfulness:
Mindful.org: ‘Mindful is an initiative that celebrates being mindful in all aspects of daily living—through Mindful magazine, mindful.org, social media, MindfulDirect video, conferences, salons, and collaborations. For those who want to be mindful and those who are interested in various forms of mindfulness practice, we offer a broad range of personal stories, news-you-can-use, advice, and insights.’
Thich Nhat Hanh – a beautiful, wise teacher
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk who has written many beautiful and simple books on peace and mindfulness meditation.
He lives in The Plum Village Mindfulness Retreat Centre in France. This is a lovely interview illustrating how he embodies mindfulness, talks about his life and a little about Buddhism. It is 21 minutes.
Further lists of useful Books are here on my website: on mindfulness and other related topics.
There are many other authors who write beautifully about mindfulness, including Jack Kornfield and Roger Walsh. It’s a personal mix, but all of which I have found inspiring. Hope something might catch your eye and get you further interested in mindfulness!
To finish, if you need a bit of Calm right now, here is where you can focus on the sounds and soft images for a few moments of relaxation.
Do you have a favourite Mindfulness author or website that you have found is a good resource? Do feel free to share in the Comments section below!
Yvette is a Mindfulness and Meditation Coach at Place of Serenity where you can learn more about Mindfulness and Meditation for everyday life.
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