Helpful websites, quotes, articles, video clips, and books explaining mindfulness practices.

NYT Well - Mindfulness for Children

You become what you practice: Skillful MBSR Training emphasizes three important skills

Skillful MBSR Training emphasizes all three important skills of: attention (Presence), compassion (Affect), Social Intelligence (Perspective). Some mindfulness trainings emphasize primarily one type. For instance, brain imaging shows Presence training increases attention and executive function but changes to compassion and perspective-taking were not detected. Here's a link to a recent groundbreaking study.  (By B Grace Bullock PhD on, October 19, 2017)  

NYT Well - Mindfulness for Children

NY Times Well: Mindfulness for Children

Children of all ages can benefit from mindfulness, the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment. It can help parents and caregivers, too, by promoting happiness and relieving stress. Here, we offer basic tips for children and adults of all ages, as well as several activities that develop compassion, focus, curiosity and empathy. And remember, mindfulness can be fun.
(By David Gelles @dgelles, October 25, 2017)  

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Does Mindfulness Make You More Compassionate?

Mindfulness is more than just moment-to-moment awareness, says Shauna Shapiro. It is a kind, curious awareness that helps us relate to ourselves and others with compassion.
(By Shauna Shapiro for Greater Good Magazine, 2/27/2013)  


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Mindfulness for Beginners: Explore the Infinite Potential that Lies Within This Very Moment

With Mindfulness for Beginners you are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel love, work and play - and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are.
(By Jon Kabat-Zinn, 7/13/2017)  

Jeffrey Brown reporting for PBS NewsHour 2014

PBS NEWSHOUR: Low-income Students Combat Stress with Mindfulness

At Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto, Calif., 7th graders are learning yoga as a way to cope with the stress of life in a community rife with homelessness, shootings and gang war trauma. By teaching these children to pay close attention to their breathing and movements, Stanford University researchers are hoping they will focus better in school and beyond. Jeffrey Brown reports.  Video:
(Jeffrey Brown on PBS NewsHour, 03/03/2014)  


Mindful Principles of .b Under Study at Oxford:

Research entitled MYRIAD (Mindfulness and Resilience in Adolescence) compares good quality social & emotional learning to .b ("Stop and be!") an engaging program based on MBSR & MBCT which includes striking visuals, videos, activities and classical mindfulness practices. Study with 6,000 participants is underway at Oxford with funding from the Wellcome Trust. Outcomes substantiate the importance of .b for Teens currently being taught by Miami Mindfulness in collaboration with Coral Gables Congregational Church. – Valerie York-Zimmerman
(October 20, 2017)  

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The Mindful Athlete by George Mumford

For those of us who work with kids who may be struggling or having difficulty with their performance in school, sports, or life, I thought I would highlight my friend, mindfulness teacher George Mumford and his book!  George Mumford has taught mindfulness to some of the greatest athletes in the world. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant...
(October 15, 2017)  

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The Inner Landscape of Beauty

On Being podcast episode with guest John O'Donohue, On Being by Krista Tippett.
(August 31, 2017)  

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Bill Moyers 1993 with Jon Kabat Zinn on the MBSR program

Bill Moyers interviews Mindfulness Based Stress Relief founder Jon Kabat-Zinn and visits an 8-week class session in Denver. Special note from Valerie York-Zimmerman - I came across this episode when it first aired on PBS and it led me to explore Jon Kabat-Zinn's center at UMass.
(Broadcast date 1993)  

An evening with Jon Kabat-Zinn (2013)

Jon Kabat Zinn talks about the life-changing benefits of mindfulness at an Action for Happiness event in London. (Original event 28 March 2013 via  

The Science of Mindfulness (2011)

Professor Mark Williams examines the neuroscience of mindfulness in the second of four short videos .... (Original on Youtube, Dec 21, 2011.)  

Jon Kabat-Zinn: What is Mindfulness? (2010)

Jon Kabat-Zinn discusses what mindfulness and meditation are really about: presence of heart. This was part of a talk put on by UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.
(Original on YouTube Apr 14, 2010.)  

Jon Kabat-Zinn: What is Mindfulness? (2007)

Jon Kabat-Zinn leads a session on Mindfulness at Google.
(Original on YouTube Nov 12, 2007.)  

Congressman Tim Ryan at 'A Mindful Miami' (2013)

U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan talks about implementing mindfulness in education, health care, public policy, veterns affairs and global economics at "A Mindful Miami," sponsored by Mindful Kids Miami
(Original event February 9, 2013.)  

Selected Excerpts from the Mindfulness in Education section of the A Mindful Miami Conference, sponsored and produced by Mindful Kids Miami, on October 18, 2014.
Mindfulness practices for high school students preparing for finals, and "What is Mindfulness?"
Mindful Kids Miami leading children in mindfulness practices.



Wherever You Go, There You Are Wherever You Go, There You Are, written by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and one of the most important figures in bringing mindfulness into the Western scientific mainstream, is a beautifully written introduction to mindfulness.
Full Catastrophe Living Full Catastrophe Living draws on Kabat-Zinn’s experience of developing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts and provides an in-depth summary of his approach and thinking.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is the manual for the 8-week mindfulness program developed to treat recurrent depression and recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence.  It contains detailed lesson plans for all sessions of the programme as well as valuable discussions on key teaching skills such as guiding practices and the inquiry process.
Mindfulness in Plain English Mindfulness in Plain English is a wonderfully clear and straightforward explanation of mindfulness meditation.  Venerable Henepola Gunaratana’s conversational style, deeply spiritual yet nondenominational approach invites readers of all backgrounds to experience the fruits of meditative awareness.
The Miracle of Mindfulness The Miracle of Mindfulness, written by one of the world’s most revered mindfulness teachers – Thich Nhat Hanh –  is at once simple, poetic and powerful. 
Educating from the Heart Educating from the Heart is a beacon of light in the current context of education.  It is a must-read for all practicing school administrators and should be incorporated into any leadership development program for educators.
A Mindful Nation A Mindful Nation is a clear and compelling view challenging us all to explore the far-reaching effects of mindfulness in our national discourse.