Mindfulness in the Media

Mindfulness is getting more media coverage everyday. Here are some links to recent articles, research and mentions.

Jon Kabat-Zinn on moving toward a Mindful Society:

http://www.mindful.org/the-mindful-society/vision/toward-a-mindful-society

This article is spot on, especially when it points out not just us adults are busy, many of us frantically pass this busyness onto our kids:

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/the-disease-of-being-busy/7023

I am often praising a mindful commute as detailed in this article from The Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/mindful-commuters-say-deep-breaths-clear-mind-keep-them-calm-under-stress/2014/10/19/88f73722-4e42-11e4-8c24-487e92bc997b_story.html

A sceptic is won over to mindfulness in The Times:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-health/11161367/Mindfulness-does-it-really-live-up-to-the-hype.html

For those who drive to work number four on this list is one possibility of how to be more mindful during your daily commute:

http://www.mindful.org/mindful-voices/on-mental-health/4-mindful-ways-to-start-your-day

Great talk on why mindfulness benefits from being totally secular, ala all of This Mindful Life’s courses:

http://bigthink.com/think-tank/divorcing-mindful-meditation-from-religion-with-sam-harris

Elisha Goldstein on that stumbling block to daily practice: resistance and how to overcome it:

http://www.mindful.org/mindful-voices/on-mental-health/the-neuroscience-of-resistance-and-how-to-overcome-it

Ruby Wax in The Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/authorinterviews/11015928/Ruby-Wax-on-depression-mindfulness-and-Prada-handbags.html

The subject of ‘how do I fit mindfulness practice into a busy life’ often comes up on my courses, I always say do a walking meditation, to and from the tube for example. This article considers some other options:

http://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-practice/how-to-be-mindful-when-you-dont-have-time-to-meditate

I really enjoyed reading this article by Suzanne Moore even though it’s tone is distinctly anti-mindfulness, it reminds me of why kindness – a really important component of mindfulness and not even mentioned by Moore – is so crucial in cultivating mindfulness:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/06/mindfulness-is-self-help-nothing-to-change-unjust-world

Two more articles from The Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/jul/23/how-to-mindfulness-classroom-tips

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/mindfulness-hijacked-business-parliamentary-inquiry

This in The Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/jun/03/mindfulness-class-students-education

This great article from the net on why and how being compassionate leads to greater strength:

http://www.fulfillmentdaily.com/soft-actually-makes-stronger/?utm_content=bufferbabb2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

This in The Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/women-in-leadership/2014/jun/09/how-meditation-brought-me-back-from-a-breakdown

This in Mindful Magazine:

http://www.mindful.org/mindful-magazine/rewiring-your-emotions

This in the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/free-yoga-mindfulness-lessons-to-help-vets-public-wind-down-this-memorial-day-weekend/2014/05/24/0a971a80-e297-11e3-810f-764fe508b82d_story.html

These two articles from the Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elisha-goldstein-phd/7-things-mindful-people-d_b_5413559.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/27/meditation-fertility_n_5256027.html

This from Madeleine Bunting in The Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/06/mindfulness-hospitals-schools

This ‘what is’ guide to Mindfulness from the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-27299696

The New York Times weigh in with this interesting article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/magazine/breathing-in-vs-spacing-out.html?_r=0

This from Yes! magazine:

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/education-uprising/raise-your-hand-if-you-know-how-it-feels

This from Medical Xpress:

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-trial-mindfulness-based-cognitive-therapy-effect.html

This in the Sunday Times:

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/newsreview/education/article1390249.ece

Five health benefits of mindfulness meditation:

http://fractalenlightenment.com/25318/spirituality/5-fascinating-health-benefits-of-mindful-meditation

This in The Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/mindfulness-is-it-a-fad-or-a-powerful-life-changing-coping-skill-a-look-at-the-science/2014/03/07/a43d36f4-a2ed-11e3-8466-d34c451760b9_story.html

Ruby Wax on Vimeo talks about why we need mindfulness:

This from The Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/wellbeing/10694775/Why-does-the-Government-want-to-teach-mindfulness-in-schools.html

This from the LA Times:

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-kids-meditate-20140301,0,3995267.story#axzz2ujxF0oR9

A balanced article from The Guardian, reminding us all mindfulness research is still in it’s infancy:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/23/should-we-be-mindful-of-mindfulness-nhs-depression

Mindfulness makes the cover of Time Magazine:

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2163560,00.html

This is from the website Mindshift:

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/01/low-income-schools-see-big-benefits-in-teaching-mindfulness/

This article from the Daily Mail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2537518/How-breathe-happier-This-week-doctors-claimed-meditation-beat-pain-depression-Im-living-proof-says-Dr-DANNY-PENMAN.html

Mindfulness changed the writer Julie Myerson’s life:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jan/11/julie-myerson-mindfulness-based-cognitive-therapy

The Guardian is back in on the act:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2014/jan/07/mindfulness-beginners-guide-meditation-technique-treatment-depression

2014 is going to be the year of living mindfully, according to the Huffington Post!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/02/will-2014-be-the-year-of-_0_n_4523975.html

Ruby Wax on mindfulness

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/wellbeing/10539430/Ruby-Wax-why-mindfulness-is-the-secret-to-a-happy-new-year.html

A new study suggests that training teachers in mindfulness not only reduces burnout but also improves their performance in the classroom.

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/can_mindfulness_make_us_better_teachers

The Guardian on the NHS and mindfulness as an intervention for depression:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/feb/26/mindfulness-meditation-depression-nhs

Mindfulness and music:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/jun/16/mindfulness-meditation-music

It’s often asked why eight weeks? Research shows eight weeks’ of mindfulness training is enough to change the structure of the brain:

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2011/01/eight-weeks-to-a-better-brain/

An interesting TEDx talk on mindfulness and its benefits to teachers and learners

Here are some articles from The Guardian on mindfulness in schools and for teachers

http://www.theguardian.com/education/teacher-blog/2013/jun/24/mindfulness-classroom-teaching-resource

http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/aug/06/mindfulness-help-teachers-manage-stress

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/aug/06/teacher-higher-student-education-networks

http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/jul/05/education-research-mindfulness-video-games-social-mobility

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/mar/04/mindfulness-based-stress-reduction-meditation

http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/jun/10/meditation-mindfulness-schools-stress-calming-classrooms

http://teachers.theguardian.com/teacher-resources/13304/Mindfulness-and-the-Art-of-Chocolate-Eating

http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2012/apr/13/teaching-mindfullness-school-children

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