Coming Home

The Coming Home research project for veterans includes an innovative 8-week MBSR program. This research project takes place in the virtual world Second Life. Through the use of avatars in Second Life veterans, who might not have access to an MBSR program, are able to experience the full range of its benefits.

Free Online Mindfulness Course

Free online mindfulness course offered by Dr Thanh Huynh.

Dr Huynh is a radiation oncologist holding faculty apointments with the University of Hawaii’s School of medicine as well as the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii. He has been studying and practicing mindfulness meditation (vipassana) since 1984. His practice includes multiple month-long silent retreats in the U.S., Australia and Asia, under the guidance of Asian masters as well as western teachers. He has been conducting regular meditation sessions for prison inmates since 1993 and more recently has offered introductory mindfulness meditation classes to the public, including children, with rewarding results. He and co-investigators at the University of Hawaii’s Cancer research Center recently completed a successful feasibility study using the internet to teach mindfulness to cancer patients

You Reading This, Be Ready

You Reading This, Be Ready

Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life –

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?

~ William Stafford ~

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein (no relation) have published a wonderful workbook for learning and practicing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). This insightful book provides guidance for us all towards bringing deeper awareness into our lives, whether it used for learning and practicing MBSR for the first time, or as a valuable resource for teaching MBSR.

Visit www.mbsrworkbook.com for more information

Toward a Mindful Society

March 2010 Shambhala Sun Jon Kabat-Zinn Interview

Toward a Mindful Society

Close the Door When You Leave

Commissioned for dedication of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Healing Arts Program, October 19, 2000
Michael Hayes Samuelson

Close the Door When You Leave

I never asked you to visit … at least I don’t believe I did
Maybe…I don’t know
It’s so confusing

At any rate, you’re a rude guest
You take my energy, rob my sleep, and with a stick
You swirl and distort my dreams

All right, you are here — for now
But understand
There are two places that are forever off limits

You may not tread on my spirit
You may not occupy my soul

I have heard of your visits to others
I know the damage you leave in your path
The wanton disregard for innocence, value, and what some would call fairness

Also, I hear that laughter confuses you; that good foods make you feel bad, and
That nothing causes you more distress than an autumn sunset, the forever blue of a
summer sky,
Or the unconditional radiance of a child’s smile

Listen and understand
You might pilfer my closets, empty all the drawers, and trash my house
But there are two places forever off limits

You may not tread on my spirit
You may not occupy my soul

Do not mistake my nausea, weakness, and pain as signs of your victory
They are simply small dents in the armor I wear to fight you
Instead, look deeply into my eyes

They will once again remind you that there are two places forever off limits

You must not…
May not…
Will not tread on my spirit

You must not…
May not…
Will not occupy my soul

Copyright © 2000 by Michael Hayes Samuelson
Author of “Voices from the Edge: Life Lessons from the Cancer Community”
Longstreet Press, http://www.TheNationalCenter.com

Building Fit Minds Under Stress

ScienceDaily (2010-02-17) — A new study in which training was provided to a high-stress U.S. military group preparing for deployment to Iraq has demonstrated a positive link between mindfulness training, or MT, and improvements in mood and working memory.

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