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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 11 'Dangers' of Mindfulness Meditation

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Mindfulness meditation is a wonderful tool, supported by a growing wealth of evidence which demonstrates the many benefits of the practice. However, recently there have been a few articles in the press which have highlighted the 'dangers' of meditation. Therefore, it seems a good time to look deeper into what could be considered meditation dangers, and how we can not only address them but also learn from them.

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Ways to Carve Out Time to Meditate

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Establishing a meditation routine can be difficult. You're busy! Who has time to breathe, let alone sit and breathe? But if you think the only way you'll learn how to meditate is with a 25-hour day, think again.

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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 ...

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Mindfulness Meditation is Big Business in London's Square Mile

Advocates say mindful meditation focuses the mind and boosts concentration, therefore boosting productivity. But it has been criticised for abandoning the spiritual premise behind it for secular gain, as Siobhan Norton reports

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Life Tips From The Ph.D. Who's Discovering How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Life Tips From The Ph.D. Who's Discovering How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Britta Hölzel is not your typical yoga teacher. Or your typical Ph.D. neuroscientist.

In recent years, during fellowships at Harvard Medical School and elsewhere, Hölzel has co-authored a range of studies focused on the intersection of two great passions of her life, how meditation and yoga affect the brain.

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Pain Entered My Life Unannounced -- Now, I Manage Chronic Pain With Mindfulness

I am on more than nodding terms with chronic pain. I was 16 in 1976 when pain came into my life and basically took it over. Before the pain, I was a fit, sporty, young woman -- I loved to be outside hiking in the awe-inspiring New Zealand hills. Being active, moving without having to think about it, and enjoying what my body could do were absolutely fundamentals in my life. Like most people, I took these things totally for granted.

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Could Mindfulness Help Teachers Manage Stress?

Could Mindfulness Help Teachers Manage Stress?

The Guardian, August 2013

Amanda Bailey explains how she teaches mindfulness skills in school to help staff and students manage stress and improve concentration

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Julie Myerson: How Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Changed My Life

Julie Myerson: How Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Changed My Life

The Guardian, January 2014

After a lifetime spent suffering from anxiety, a GP's recommendation of a six-week mindfulness course changed everything – at last I made peace with the workings of my mind

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Being Mindful Can Help Guide a Decision

Being Mindful Can Help Guide a Decision

New York Times, January 2014

Just think about how hard it is to avoid checking your email when you hear the familiar ding... what if instead of just acting (or reacting) we stopped, took a deep breath, and checked how we’re feeling at that moment? ...

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Overcome These Five Obstacles to Your Mindfulness Meditation Practice

Overcome These Five Obstacles to Your Mindfulness Meditation Practice

by ELISHA GOLDSTEIN, PhD via PsychCentral

The actual formal practice of mindfulness meditation can be a hard habit to establish. Here are five of the most common obstacles and the antidotes to get over them. ...

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What you practice grows stonger

What is mindfulness

Shauna Shapiro draws on modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom to demonstrate how mindfulness can help us make positive changes in our brains and our lives.

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 take part in a BBC documentary about mindfulness

Mark Williams' lecture on mindfulness

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy

Professor Mark Williams from Oxford University on the science of mindfulness.

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.

Labour MP Chris Ruane leads a debate on mindfulness

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Labour MP Chris Ruane leads a debate on mindfulness in education in Westminster Hall on 10 December 2013.

Rick Fernandez on the 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. Your 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 and Dan Harris on Anxiety and Mindfulness

Walking meditation

Dr. Cinzia Pezzolesi and Dan Harris on Anxiety and Mindfulness

Kristin Neff's TEDx Talk: The Space between Self-Esteem and 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 Secretary of Health.