There are many resources* available as you research your way through the maze that is the mindfulness movement. Here are a few of my favourites:
UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Centre – Lots of great resources including free guided meditations. ‘….to foster mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research to promote well-being and a more compassionate society’
Mindful magazine – a bimonthly print magazine that also offers a free online newsletter. ‘Groundbreaking stories, expert advice, and the best mindfulness practices to help you live a healthier and happier life’. Are you a teacher, educator, or someone curious about how to bring mindfulness to the classroom? Check out this free mini-magazine on Mindfulness in the Classroom.
Headspace – When I’m asked about a cool mindfulness app this is my go to. ‘Headspace is a gym membership for the mind. A course in guided meditation, delivered via an app or online.’
IBME – Inward Bound Mindfulness Education offers in-depth mindfulness programm
ing for youth and teens. Tons of great resources on this site!
Mindful Schools – Offers in person and online certification and training for educators curious about how to introduce mindfulness into the classroom. ‘Learn mindfulness, teach youth, and connect with other educators…”
Diana Winston – Mindfulness Teacher, Author & Director of Education at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Centre (MARC). Free guided meditations online.
Sharon Salzberg – Mindfulness Teacher & Author. Free guided meditations online.
Tara Brach – Mindfulness Teacher, Psychologist & Author – Free guided meditations online.
Centre for Mindfulness – Univ of Mass. Jon Kabat Zinn PhD is widely considered the leader founder of secular mindfulness. JKZ created the widely respected 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR). His groundbreaking book ‘Full Catastrophe Living’ (Delta, 1991) is a well known and respected mindfulness book. He founded the Centre for Mindfulness at Univ of Mass in 1979.
Greater Good Science Centre – Based at UC Berkeley, Greater Good reports on groundbreaking research into roots of compassion, happiness and altruism. Excellent free newsletter to sign up for, tonnes of great resources.
Mind & Life Institute is dedicated to creating working collaboration and research partnerships between the science and contemplative communities. Founded by his Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the scientific community, the Institute meets annually to bring together scientists and contemplatives on a wide range of critical subjects.
In Atlantic Canada:
Atlantic Contemplative Centre – The ACC was formed in 2010 to bring together people of Atl Canada who use applied mindfulness in their professional work. The Atlantic Contemplative Centre cultivates applied mindfulness through education, research and service.
Healing & Cancer Foundation – Offering mindfulness retreats and support including free online programming for those living with cancer diagnosis, and their families.
The scale and scope of research examining the benefits of Mindfulness is growing. An excellent compilation of 4000 peer reviewed studies compiled through the work of Dr. Darren J. Good, Christopher J. Lyddy, Theresa M. Glomb and Joyce E. Bono is powerful:
‘Compilation of Peer Reviewed Studies’ Contemplating Mindfulness at Work: An Integrated Re- view’ Journal of Management January 2016 42: 114-142 first published Nov 19, 2015. A synopsis can be read here
Also worth noting are two studies that have examined the affects of the 6 week UCLA MAPS program. This study in JAMA examines the effectiveness of the 6 weeks UCLA MAPS program on Sleep Disturbances in Older Adults.
In addition, another study examines the effectiveness of the same 6 week program UCLA MAPS program on the health of Young Females with a Breast Cancer Diagnosis.
Both of these studies examine over all health improvements – physical and emotional.
Therapy & Counselling:
The Healing Circle – Timothy Walker, Phd is a psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher living in Halifax Nova Scotia with over 30 years experience integrating mindfulness into counselling, education, healthcare and professional development. Tim also delivers support and counselling via Skype or phone.