Category Archives: MBSR Teaching

Announcing MBSR Mentorship

Mentoring sessions for teachers of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Sessions are available for both MBSR teachers who would simply like support for their programs and teachers who are enrolled and taking part in the MBSR mentorship program of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness Professional Training Intstitute (MBPTI).

Allan HKAllan Goldstein is the Managing Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Working in collaboration with Dr. Steven Hickman, Executive Director, he has contributed to the development and evolution of the UCSD CFM Professional Training Institute and Certification programs and the center’s UC San Diego Health System’s group mindfulness programs and teaching staff.  Allan’s growth within the field of Mindfulness-Based Interventions has led him to teach extensively to groups and individuals in various health care, university, military, business, and community settings. He has even taught in the virtual world of Second Life. Allan has had a passion for learning, teaching, and providing mentorship for teachers of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programs since participating in his first program in 1993. He began participating in the professional training programs at the UMass Center for Mindfulness in the year 2000. Allan’s strong passion for promoting and facilitating the valuable teachings found within MBSR and Mindfulness-Based Interventions has propelled him through a journey that continues to unfold in mystery with his love for this sacred work.



Coming Home Research Project

I’m participating in an amazing experience with my close friend and colleague Steven Hickman Psy.D. Director of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. We are co-teaching the first ever Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program presented in the virtual world of Second Life for a research project called Coming Home.

Coming Home uses the power of online virtual worlds to create …a place of
camaraderie and healing for returning United States military veterans –
a virtual space that can help them deal with problems related to their
time of service and also assist in their reintegration into society.

Toward a Mindful Society

March 2010 Shambhala Sun Jon Kabat-Zinn Interview

Toward a Mindful Society

Favorite Mindfulness Book Recommendations

I recently participated in a survey of MBSR teacher’s and researcher’s favorite books to recommend on mindfulness. Here are the results.

Do you have your own favorite mindfulness books to recommend? Please post them in a comment below.

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness (Kabat-Zinn, J.)
Wherever You Go, There you Are: Mindfulness in Everyday Life (Kabat-Zinn, J.)
A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life (Kornfield, J)

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself From Chronic Unhappiness (Williams et al.)
Mindfulness in Plain English (Gunaratana, H.)
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of the Buddha (Brach, T.)
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation (Hanh, T.N.)
Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation (Rosenberg, L.)
The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teaching of Buddhist Psychology (Kornfield, J.)
Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind can Heal the Heart (Bennett-Goleman, T.)
When Things Fall Apart:Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Chodron, P).
Turning the Mind into an Ally (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche)
Mindflness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (Segal et al.)
Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Salzberg, S.)
Dancing With Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering (Moffitt, P.)
The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving Kindness (Chodron, P.)
Being Peace (Thich Nhat Hanh)
Thoughts Without a Thinker (Epstein, M.)
Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation (Goldstein/Kornfield)
Insight Meditation (Goldstein)
Faith (Salzberg, S.)
Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond (Brahm, A.)
Calming Your Anxious Mind (Brantley, J.)
Start Where You Are (Chodron, P.)
The Places That Scare You (Chodron, P.)
Meditation: Now or Never (Hagen, S.)
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (Tolle, E.)
How God Changes Your Brain
Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart (Epstein, M.)
Losing a Parent (Kennedy, A.)
Peace is Every Step (Thich Nhat Hanh)
Starbright–Meditations for Children (Garth, M.)
Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life (Kashdan, T.)
Being Dharma (Chah, A.)
The Relaxation Response (Benson, H.)
Everyday Zen and Nothing Special (Beck, J.)
Begin Where You Are (Chodron, P.)
Saying Yes to Life (Bayda, E.)
Even the Hard Parts (Bayda, E.)
The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal With Stress (Biegel, G.)
Idiots Guide to Mindfulness
Undoing Perpetual Stress: The Missing Connection Between Depression, Anxiety and 21st Century Illness (O’Connor, R.)
The Untethered Sould
Meditations From the Mat
The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being (Siegel,D.)
Small Boat, Great Mountain (Amaro, A.)
Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and You’r Childs First Year (Vieten, C.)
Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body and Mind (Boccio, F.)
Beginning Mindfulness: Learning the Way of Awareness (Weiss, A.)
Breathe! You Are Alive: Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing (Hanh, T.N.)
The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace (Kornfield, J).
Kitchen Table Wisdom (Ramen, R.)

The Practice of Happiness (Fryba, M.)
Transforming the Mind (HH Dalai Lama)
Still Here, Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying (Dass, R.)
Nonviolent Communication (Rosenberg, M.)
Mindful Exercise (Jones, C.)
New and Selected Poems (Oliver, M.)

The Essential Rumi (Barks, C.)
Coming to Our Senses (Kabat-Zinn, J.)

Mindfulness and Acceptance (Hayes, Follette & Linehan)
Mindfulness Based Treatment Approaches (Baer)
Soul Without Shame (Brown)
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (Rinpoche, S.)
Heal Thyself (Santorelli, S.)

The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Chopra, D.)
Overcoming Addictions (Chopra, D.)
Buddhism Without Beliefs (Batchelor, S.)
Challenge of the Heart (Welwood, J.)
Awakening of the Heart (Welwood, J.)
Zen Heart: Simple Advice for Living with Mindfulness and Compassion (Bayda, E.)
Compassion: Listening to the Cries of the World (Feldman, C.)
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion (Germer, C.)
Teachings on Love (Hanh, T.N.)
Insight Dialouge: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom (Kramer, G.)
Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World (Lama Surya Das)
Awakening Through Love: Unveiling your Deepest Goodness (Makransky, J.)
Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain (Begley, S.)
Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Hayes, S. & Smith, S.)

Mindfulness Meditation Helps Relieve Fibromyalgia

Zen StoneA study published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 2007 in which a group of fibromyalgia sufferers were given an 8-week training in mindfulness meditation and then studied to see how their pain, anxiety, depression, coping, and other general measures of Quality of Life compared with those of patients who did not receive the training.

The patients who received the mindfulness intervention were found to have significantly better scores across the board compared with the control group. Even more impressive – in a follow up evaluation 3 years later, the comparative improvement was still present. It appears that even a short exposure to meditative techniques can have long term impact on clinical measures of pain and Quality of Life.

The health benefits of meditation are becoming clearly established as continued scientific research is conducted.

Timely Wisdom

One powerful way to evoke compassion is to think of others as exactly the same as you. “After all,” the Dalai Lama explains, “all human beings are the same—made of human flesh, bones, and blood. We all want happiness and want to avoid suffering. Further, we have an equal right to be happy. In other words, it is important to realize our sameness as human beings.”

Watch Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) speak about stopping all our “doing” and “being,” as an act of self compassion within our modern culture’s stressful lifestyle.

Commitment To The Journey

BambooWe begin our stress reduction coaching by introducing the concept of commitment to the personal journey we’re about to embark on.

Until one is committed there is always hesitancy,
the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness,
concerning all acts of initiative and creation,
there is one elementary truth,
the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
the moment one definitely commits oneself,
then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help that would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
raising to one’s favor all manner of unforeseen accidents and meetings,
and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would come his way.

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.