Mindfulness is way of describing simply being in the moment that has its roots in Buddhist traditions and has become popular all over the world due to its mental and physical benefits. A quick web search or a more in-depth look in the academic databases results in thousands of books, research papers, first person accounts, and spiritual texts on the subject. Mindfulness is a key element in my therapy practice and I often encourage clients to check out books on the subject or videos on youtube so that they can develop their own practice. Below are some helpful links from around the web. Please note that these are external links and all content is the property of the authors.
Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
- Thich Nhat Hanh’s five steps to mindfulness from the Berkeley College website
- The One-Moment Mindfulness video by Martin Boron (great for beginners)
- Jack Kornfield’s meditation on lovingkindness from the author’s website
- Harvard professor Ronald Siegel’s free guided meditations from the author’s website