Mindfulness Meditation can be a helpful means of nurturing the ability to be grounded and compassionate. While it has its roots in Buddhist traditions, Mindfulness meditation is a pragmatic practice which stands outside of any ideology. Below are a range of resources to get started – but there are also meditation groups and classes in many parts of the country that you are encouraged to take advantage of.
Articles About Mindfulness:
- 7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change the Brain (Forbes, 2/9/2015)
- Mindfulness Meditation Benefits: 20 Reasons Why It’s Good for your Physical and Mental Health (Huffington Post, 4/8/2013)
Mindfulness Meditation Basics
- How to Meditate (Explanation, with guided audio examples)
- Free Guided Mindfulness Meditations (from UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center)
- Insight Timer (a free App with a meditation timer and extensive library of guided meditations).
- Great Courses “Science of Mindfulness”, taught by Ronald Siegel
Insight Meditation Resources
(based on Buddhist Vipassana meditation tradition)
- How to Meditate (explanation)
- Find a Meditation Community (Sangha) near you
- Dharma Seed (free audio recordings of classes and meditations led by trained Insight Meditation teachers across the country).
- Books by Thich Naht Hanh, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Pema Chodron and others, available in print and audio versions (via Audible and SoundsTrue).
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
(therapeutic version developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the UMass Medical School)
- What is MBSR?
- Find an MBSR Program near you
- Free online MBSR course
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – 25 exercises and courses
- Videos of Jon Kabat-Zinn speaking or teaching
(from when she began)
Living Without Stress Or Fear, by Thich Naht Hanh
– Visit the Plum Village website for teachings and other resources
The Roots of Buddhist Psychology, by Jack Kornfield
– Find podcasts of teachings and meditations by Jack Kornfield
Awakening Compassion, by Pema Chodron
The Wisdom of Compassion, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama