Resources on Meditation and Mindfulness
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Quick tips and practices for cultivating a bit of peace, balance, and happiness in a few minutes...right at your desk.
FSAP Quick Tips
Tips to take with you. Find simple ways of bringing mindfulness into your everyday life. Read them, print them out, share them, practice them. And discover a sense of calm, connection, and peace within you and in your relationships.
Compassion and Lovingkindness
Video: Kindness Boomerang . A sweet video Lisa often uses in her workshops to show how just one act of kindness creates a whole chain of kindness events and see how it comes back around.
Self-compassion. Check out the short videos, book, guided videos and information on self-compassion all on Dr. Kristen Neff's website.
Mindful self-compassion. Christopher Germer, PhD. Dr. Germer has an incredible list of resources and links on his website. Look at the books, articles, meditation centers, teachers, recordings on meditation, compassion, and mindfulness. He has also written several books and offers workshops around the world.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Video: walking meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh. Feel a sense of calm within you just watching Thich Nhat Hanh instruct how to go about doing a walking meditation. Then practice yourself!
Video: A video on the centrality of compassion in human life by the Dalai Lama at
Audio Meditations: UCLA's Mindful
Insight Meditation: From the Founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC, check out these talks and videos on various topics related to meditation, mindfulness, and compassion. There are both longer talks and shorter videos. Where to start? Scroll down on the site to see her short video on "The Sacred Pause."
Online Retreat: Three-minute Catholic retreats, Loyola Press. Check out these three-minute retreats you can do right at your desk. Cultivate a sacred pause in your day for reflection and renewal.
Mindfulness, meditation, and happiness. From the Greater Good Society at
Mindfulness in Everyday Life. From Mindfulness.org, find a series of articles filled with helpful strategies for bringing mindfulness into your day.
Mindful Eating. The Center for Mindful Eating offers several resources on mindful eating: audio workshops, articles, recommended reading, workshops, and trainings.
Article: 17 Tips for Parenting with Compassion: Alternatives to Time-out, by Lisa McCrohan.
Video: Newborn's first bath. The power of tenderness.Watch as this nurse so tenderly and with total presence bathes this newborn. Watch how the newborn responds and settles into quietude. This is a reminder of how we are to regard our children and every living being.
Jane Nelsen and Positive Discipline. Jane has written many books on positive discipline filled with practical tips to your parenting challenges from birth to teens. Positive Discipline is all about connection before correction.
Articles. Again, from Mindful.org., here are some great articles on mindfulness and relationships.
Relaxation and Yoga
Audio: Guided Relaxation, Himalayan Institute, Sandra Anderson. A six-minute guided relaxation meditation to be done in shavasana (corpse pose, lying down). Roll out your yoga mat at your desk, and relax!
CD: Guided Yoga Relaxations, Himalayan Institute, by Rolf Sovik, PsyD
Video: Diaphragmatic Breathing. Ever wonder what's happening anatomically when you breathe? View a short animated video that shows the anatomy of diaphragmatic breathing, the primary muscle used in breathing.
Research and Neuroscience
Book: The Emotional Life of Your Brain, Richard Davidson and Sharon Begley. published by Penguin in March, 2012. Davidson is a pioneer in contemplative neuroscience, affective neuroscience and neuroplasticity. Begley is the senior health & science correspondent at Reuters.
Video: Dr. Dan Siegel presents a hand model of the brain. Learn what happens when we flip our lids and what we can do to get back online and teach our children to do the same. Lisa uses this hand model in her work with clients and in her workshops to explain how we emotionally react and how we can learn to effectively respond in our everyday lives as parents.
Stanford University: The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Find what current research is being conducted and what the research has found about compassion and altruism. Find videos to inspire and uplift you.
Article: How Meditation May Change the Brain, Sindya N. Bhanoo, New York Times,
Articles: If you want more "brain news" about the latest research on meditation here you go!
Articles: And more research! Collected by Rick Hanson.
Article: Spine Tuning: Finding physical evidence of how practice rewires the brain, Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, April 16, 2012.