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Tara Talks - A Regular Meditation Practice

Tara Brach talks about what helps to sustain a regular meditation practice.

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Sounds Meditation

Press play, close your eyes, and listen to the calming sounds of nature.

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Paul Goodman on Silence

Read by Christopher Ricks.

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Dr. Mark Williams - Be Here Now

Oxford University professor Mark Williams on mindfulness -- includes a short meditation.

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Tara Talks

Our thoughts are winds and our emotions are waters. 2 mins

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Jon Kabat-Zinn - Opening to Our Lives

Interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn, who changed medicine through his pioneering work on meditation and stress.

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Poem: "Love after Love"

Written by Derek Walcott, read by Jon Kabat-Zinn

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BBC Radio 4 - Beyond Belief

Ernie Rea & Minfulness Experts discuss mindfulness and how it has been adapted to a secular environment.

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Poem: "Walk Slowly By"

Written by Dianna Faulds, read by Tara Brach.

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Kristin Neff on the Power of Self-Compassion

On the Greater Good podcast, the pioneering researcher and author of Self-Compassion explains why it’s OK to accept your faults and be kind to yourself.

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Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer's view on mindfulness

Interview with one of the earliest pioneers in drawing a connection between mindlessness and unhappiness.

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MBCT: A new approach to treating depression

Oxford professor Mark Williams and author Danny Penman discuss what mindfulness is and how it works in treating depression.

Poem: "For the Pilgrim a Kiss: Between Things"

Written and read by the poet John O'Donahue.

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Sane New World - Ruby Wax

Southbank Centre performace of her show Sane New World. She talks mindfulness, brains and comedy.

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Interview with Dan Harris on his new book: 10% Happier

10% Happier – How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works.

Poem: "Beannacht"

Written and read by the poet John O'Donahue.

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The Challenges of Only Seeing Meditation Through a Scientific Lens

Sharon Salzberg, On Being

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Some years ago, a neuroscientist gently challenged me on the benefits of meditation: “Without further scientific validation,” he began, “how will you know if meditation works?”

I gulped, unsure of how to respond, but confident in my belief that meditation works. ...

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Being Open To The Good Things In Life

Previously on the blog we have covered how mindfulness can help us accept and deal with negative feelings. However, mindfulness can also help us notice and become more open to the good things in life.

It’s an unfortunate fact that our brains are geared towards seeing the negative. Our ancestors had to be cautious of the many dangers around them, or else they wouldn’t have survived long. Even though 21st century life doesn’t often contain the danger of being eaten by a bear, our brains are still wired to be alert to risks. Despite this negativity bias, however, we can take steps that will allow the brain to start taking in more of the good.

Staying with Good Experiences ...

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WATCH

How I Rewired My Brain in Six Weeks; BBC News

What is mindfulness

BBC journalist Melissa explores the latest scientific research.

What You Practice Grows Stonger

What is mindfulness

Shauna Shapiro draws on modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom.

Take in the Good - Dr. Rick Hanson

Mindfulness Talk

Dr. Rick Hanson talks about why it is important to take in the good each day, and how this can rewire our brains for the better.

What is mindfulness? BBC News

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy

Alexa and Cinzia from The Mindfulness Project take part in a BBC documentary.

Dan Harris: It’s a Zoo in Here!

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy

Dan Harris: It’s a Zoo in Here!

Jon Kabat-Zinn at Google

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy

Jon Kabat-Zinn at Google

Rick Hanson's TEDx Talk: Hardwiring Happiness

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy

Rick Hanson's TEDx talk: Hardwiring Happiness.

MP Chris Ruane Leads a Debate on Mindfulness

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy

MP Chris Ruane leads a debate on mindfulness in education.

Rick Fernandez on Mindfulness Culture at Google

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy

Rick Fernandez on the Mindfulness culture at Google.

Ruby Wax Talks About Stress, Anxiety & Mindfulness

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy

Ruby Wax Talks About Stress, Anxiety & Mindfulness.

Judson Brewer. Your Awesome, Just get out of your own Way

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy

Judson Brewer. You’re Awesome, Just Get Out of Your Own Way.

Brain Scientist Kristen Race.

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy

Brain scientist Kristen Race is an expert on how stress affects the brain,and has used her knowledge to help teach people to live more mindful and less stressful lives.

Scans 'show mindfulness meditation brain boost'

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy

Scans 'show mindfulness meditation brain boost'

Dr. Cinzia Pezzolesi & Dan Harris on Anxiety & Mindfulness

Walking meditation

Dr. Cinzia Pezzolesi and Dan Harris on Anxiety and Mindfulness

Kristin Neff’s TEDx Talk: The Space Between Self-Esteem & Self-Compassion

Walking meditation

Kristin Neff's TEDx Talk: The Space between Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion.

US Congressman Tim Ryan Opens Discussion on Mindfulness With Secretary of Health

Walking meditation

US Congressman Tim Ryan Opens Discussion on Mindfulness With the Secretary of Health