• 3 Nov 2016 7:47 AM | Tim Burnett (Administrator)

    I love what meditator, neuroscientist and secularist Sam Harris says so clearly about mindfulness helping us to understand the nature of self but I'm not sure his claim that we're done with Buddhism as a source of insights into meditation quite holds water. What do you think?


  • 25 Sep 2016 7:56 AM | Tim Burnett (Administrator)

    A helpful (and cute!) contemplation on self-compassion from the emotional intelligence project The School of Life - they offer encouragement for a self-compassion break which is slightly different from the one we use in our Mindful Self-Compassion class. Nicely done.

  • 18 Mar 2016 6:28 AM | Tim Burnett (Administrator)


    A 15 minute talk on the creative, spiritual, and psychological value of times of quieter times in life. See also Pico Ayer's book of the same title.

  • 1 Feb 2016 8:01 AM | Tim Burnett (Administrator)

    A very nice 16 minute talk on Dr. Shauna Shapiro's definition of mindfulness, her personal journey as a meditator, and research on how mindfulness may increase our ability to feel compassionate.

    Open at YouTube

  • 10 May 2015 6:56 AM | Tim Burnett (Administrator)
    The following video with Dan Harris explains a bit about the neuroscience of meditation. Harris is an ABC News Correspondent who turned to meditation after having a panic attack on air.



  • 20 Mar 2015 11:06 AM | Tim Burnett (Administrator)

    After making a big deal about multi-tasking, Tim learns a life lesson. At the gas station.


  • 2 Feb 2015 9:31 PM | Tim Burnett (Administrator)

    Very much enjoyed her super-pragmatic attitude around increasing mindfulness just by really engaging creatively with what we're doing. She gets a tad more "out there" at the end in a fun way - mind over matter stuff - but well worth exploring and being open minded about.

    Dr. Langer was one of the authors of the famous study from the 1970's in which they gave nursing home residents a house plant to take care of. Those who took care of their own plant (among other differences) lived longer than those who were told the staff would take care of it.


  • 8 Jan 2015 5:11 PM | Tim Burnett (Administrator)

    January 7, 2015 presentation at Village Books introducing people to mindfulness. Skip the first minute or so.


  • 18 Dec 2014 10:18 AM | Tim Burnett (Administrator)

    I really love the way Thich Nhat Hahn emphasized with the Google engineers, when he visited there to offer a half-day retreat in 2011, the simple truth of just being present in relationship. 

    Please advance the video to 59 minutes to see this lovely part of his opening remarks. You can actually follow along for a two hour meditation retreat from there if you choose. A wonderful offering. 


  • 15 Dec 2014 11:06 AM | Tim Burnett (Administrator)

    To watch the segment go to the 60 Minute webpage at 

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mindfulness-anderson-cooper-60-minutes/

    Mindfulness on 60 Minutes

    Anderson Cooper reports on what it's like to try to achieve "mindfulness," a self-awareness scientists say is very healthy, but rarely achieved in today's world of digital distractions

    The following is a script from "Mindfulness" which aired on Dec. 14, 2014. Anderson Cooper is the correspondent. Denise Schrier Cetta, producer. Matthew Danowski , editor.

    Our lives are filled with distractions -- email, Twitter, texting we're constantly connected to technology, rarely alone with just our thoughts. Which is probably why there's a growing movement in America to train people to get around the stresses of daily life.

    It's a practice called "mindfulness" and it basically means being aware of your thoughts, physical sensations, and surroundings.

    Tonight, we'll introduce you to the man who's largely responsible for mindfulness gaining traction. His name is Jon Kabat-Zinn and he thinks mindfulness is the answer for people who are so overwhelmed by life, they feel they aren't really living at all.

    Jon Kabat-Zinn: There are a lot of different ways to talk about mindfulness, but what it really means is awareness.

    Anderson Cooper: Is it being present?

    Jon Kabat-Zinn: It is being present. That's exactly what it is.

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    Anderson Cooper: I don't feel I'm very present in each moment. I feel like every moment I'm either thinking about something that's coming down the road, or something that's been in the past.

    Jon Kabat-Zinn: So ultimately all this preparing is for what? For the next moment, like the last moment, like, and then we're dead (laugh) so in a certain way...

    "There are a lot of different ways to talk about mindfulness, but what it really means is awareness."

    Anderson Cooper: Oh God, this is depressing.

    Jon Kabat-Zinn: Are we going to experience while we're still alive? We're only alive now.

    Jon Kabat-Zinn, is an MIT-trained scientist who's been practicing mindfulness for 47 years. Back in 1979, he started teaching mindfulness through meditation to people suffering from chronic pain and illness. That program is now used in more than 700 hospitals worldwide.

    Anderson Cooper: So how can you be mindful in your daily life?

    Jon Kabat-Zinn: When your alarm goes off and you jump out of bed, what is the nature of the mind in that moment? Are you already like, "oh my God," your calendar pops into your mind and you're driven already, or can you take a moment and just lie in bed and just feel your body breathing. And remember, "oh yeah, brand new day and I'm still alive." So, I get out of bed with awareness, brush my teeth with awareness. When you're in the shower next time check and see if you're in the shower.


    Read more at http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mindfulness-anderson-cooper-60-minutes/
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