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 [...]

Credible Teachers of Mindfulness: How can you know?

Mindfulness-Based programs have become the go-to treatment around the world and their popularity has made treatment more accessible in many ways. Despite the popularity or maybe because of it, several articles have argued against mindfulness because it  (1) seems to be the fix-it for many ills, (2) doesn't stay true to its Buddhist roots and (3) understates its [...]

Is Mindfulness the same as Buddhism?

There's been a lot of chatter on the internet these days about Mindfulness and Buddhism. In a nutshell, practitioners, writers, and philosophers of Buddhism have expressed concern about the potential misuse of Buddhist beliefs and concepts by mindfulness-based interventions or programs. There is much merit to these concerns although the discussions tend to become bogged [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Mindfulness Meditation and Mental Health – news article on CBC’s The Journal

Zindel Segal discussing his recent research results from the recent MBCT study. Great comments by a practitioner, Suzanne Simoni, who has a very realistic appraisal of what mindfulness does.

MBCT course at Kripalu

Our dear colleagues Susan Woods and Miv London are teaching a weekend-long course in MBCT at Kripalu.  From the Kripalu site: The Mindful Heart of Psychotherapy: An Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Susan Woods and Miriam London Susan Woods, MSW, LICSW, is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist in private practice. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings since [...]