Book Review: The Mindful Elite by Jaime Kucinskas – Contemplative leaders & the growth of mindfulness

The Mindful Elite: Mobilizing from the inside out by Jaime Kucinskas (Oxford University Press) takes up the challenging investigation into the origins of the mindfulness juggernaut that includes everything from contemplative to the clinical and popular use of meditation. This is not the first investigation of the path Western forms mindfulness sans Buddhism has taken and [...]

Book Review: Siddhartha’s Brain by James Kingsland

Siddhartha's Brain, written by science journalist James Kingsland, opens with what would be a somewhat shocking quote from Ajahn Amaro, a Buddhist monastic in the UK. We are all mentally ill. While this should not quite raise the eyebrows of mental health professionals, it is a rather bald (apologies to Ajahn Amaro!) statement to make in [...]

10 books that are good for your health: Mindfulness, Self-Compassion & Happiness

As we enter the New Year, let's make 2015 a year of exploring the many gifts from skilled researchers and clinicians which can support our resolution to live better. The participants of the Mindfulness-Based Symptom Management, Burnout Resilience and Pain Management programs at the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic have one wish in common: a desire to find a [...]

Book giveaway on blog by Karen Maezen Miller

Karen Maezen Miller, author of Momma Zen and Hand Wash Cold, is offering a copy of our book, Mindfulness Starts Here! Maezen is well-known for her no-nonsense teachings in Zen and more for her direct connection with the everyday-ness of our experiences. For a chance to get a copy of our book, go to her [...]

Advance Praise for “Mindfulness Starts Here” – Steve Flowers

Whether you have been practicing mindfulness for many years or for you  Mindfulness Starts Here is where your introduction to mindfulness begins - you have found a treasure here that you will probably read again and again. This lovely book from Lynette Monteiro and Frank Musten is a beautiful tapestry of wisdom and love that can [...]

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 [...]

Simple Practices for the Ordinary Life

Book Review: How to train a wild elephant and other adventures in mindfulness by Jan Chozen Bays by Guest Reviewer Aarathi Selvan My day began with racing thoughts.  I had so much to do and the to-do lists kept showing up at the speed of light.  Almost.  Every time I became aware of them, I would try [...]