Lions and Tigers and Compassion. Oh my!

A Triad of Book Reviews: Understanding the “Yellow Brick Road” to Compassion Guest Author: Brittany Glynn, PhD(c) at University of Ottawa In the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, the central character Dorothy finds herself swept away by a cyclone and lost in the Land of Oz. With nothing but her small dog Toto, ruby-red slippers, [...]

Starting to Dance Again

Book review: Mindfulness: An eight-week plan for finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams & Danny Penman Mindfulness: An eight-week plan for finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams and Danny Penman is a book that you want on your side.  You want it in your back pocket, in your knapsack, in your [...]

A Rationale for an Ethics-Based Mindfulness Program

This is a slide from Dr. Richard Davidson's keynote speech at the 10th Annual Scientific Conference of The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, March 31, 2012.  The text in the second bullet reads: Basic research on "naturally occurring" virtuous qualities; Toward a scientific foundation for secular ethics. The third bullet reads: [...]

MBCT at 10 Years Old – onwards and upwards

Zindel Segal, co-founder of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), reflects on the future directions of MBCT as it approaches its tenth anniversary. With the establishment of reliable outcome data for the efficacy of MBCT treatment, we now need to look at the actual way in which MBCT effects these positive changes. Clarifying mechanisms of action is [...]

Standing Up To Burn Out

Our inaugural course for burn out has yielded a treasure trove of information.  Ten participants took part in the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Burn Out Resiliency Program from May to June.  All ten participants completed the course and reported that it had changed their perspectives on how to manage the work-personal life dimensions more effectively.  Measures of [...]

The critical role of ethics as process in an MB program – a gentle critique of Grabovac, Lau and Willet’s article

A recent article, Mechanisms of Mindfulness: a Buddhist Psychological Model by Grabovac, Lau and Willett in Mindfulness attempted to re-insert Buddhist Psychology into the foundations of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Grabovac and her colleagues did a good job of putting the Three Dharma Seals (impermanence, suffering and nonself) into the service of explaining the mechanisms involved in mindfulness-based interventions. [...]

Two articles that are a must-read

Here are two articles that are worthy of the read.  Maia Duerr's guide on how to meditate and a publication by Mark Lau and Andrea Grabovac on a Buddhist psychological model are two works that integrate ancient teachings with current frameworks of practice and theory. Liberated Life Guide on How to Meditate Maia Duerr of Liberated Life [...]