Attention

Slides from Workshop

MenloAttentionColorSlides (color slides, best for viewing on computer)

MenloAttentionHANDOUTS (best for printing)

Get Started

Breath Focus guided meditation MP3 (click to stream or right-click to download) to review instructions. If this is a new practice for you, I encourage you to read the chapter “Refining Attention” by B. Alan Wallace. This reading presents a philosophical perspective on breath-focus meditation.

Take a Mindfulness/Meditation Class

mindfulnessprograms.com (Los Gatos, Moutain View, San Jose, Santa Cruz)
Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training (8-wk compassion meditation course; recommended that you take a mindfulness course first)

Recommended Scientific Readings

Mechanisms of Mindfulness (Shapiro et al. 2006)

How Does Mindfulness Meditation Work? Proposing Mechanisms from a Conceptual and Neural Perspective (Holzel et al. 2011)

The Unengaged Mind : Defining Boredom in Terms of Attention (Eastwood et al. 2012)

Mind Wandering and Attention During Focused Meditation (Hasenkamp et al. 2012)

Attention Regulation and Monitoring in Meditation (Lutz et al 2008)

The Mindful Brain and Emotion Regulation in Mood Disorders (Farb, Anderson, & Segal 2012)

Developing an Observing Attitude: An Analysis of Meditation Diaries in an MBSR Clinical Trial (Kerr, Josyula, & Littenberg 2011)

Mindfulness-Based Therapy/Support

If you would like to explore the relationship between mindfulness and anxiety, depression, or other forms of psychological suffering, I recommend the books available at New Harbinger. There are mindfulness-based guides for many specific issues, such as social anxiety, bereavement, PTSD, binge-eating, and depression, as well as guides specifically for mental health professionals.

If you would like to seek individual counseling/therapy, you can find local therapists who are trained in mindfulness-based therapies here:

Contact and professional information about Palo Alto therapists who offer Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. (If you are not in Palo Alto, you can follow this link but change the search terms to your own location.)

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF): Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Groups

Other Resources/Books/Programs

The Willpower Instinct (Avery 2012) describes the science of self-control and how it can be applied to you own goals and challenges. It is based on my Stanford University course “The Science of Willpower.”

Sign up for the free “Boost Your Willpower” 28-Day Program with Yoga Journal to access free online yoga practice videos, guided meditation MP3s, and other resources designed to help you cultivate mindfulness, self-compassion, motivation, and focus.

If you are interested in extended guided meditations (mindfulness, self-compassion, etc.) as well as the science of self-compassion, meditation, and behavior change, I recommend my 6-session audio course with Sounds True, The Neuroscience of Change: A Compassion-Based Program for Personal Transformation.

I also taught a 6-session live video course through Sounds True called Choose to Change, and you can now access the on-demand version of all class materials (videos, 6 guided meditation MP3s, and self-reflection/”homework” exercises) through Sounds True. Healthcare/psychology professionals can receive 6 hrs of continuing education for taking this course online.

If you are interested in sample yoga sequences and scripts for meditation/breathing exercises appropriate for beginners, people dealing with physical pain or health challenges, or those interested in cultivating mindfulness and self-compassion through yoga practice, I recommend my book Yoga for Pain Relief (New Harbinger 2009).

Organizations I Work With/More Resources:

The Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (includes many videos of compassion-related talks, research papers, and other resources)

The Compassionate Mind Foundation (includes scales/surveys for practice and research, published studies, training manuals, and more)

Self-compassion.org (the website of self-compassion researcher Kristin Neff, which includes a page with links to all published research on self-compassion)

The Yale Therapeutic Neuroscience Clinic (includes research papers on mindfulness and addiction, along with resources for providers and patients)

The Yoga Service Council (our second annual conference will be held at the Omega Institute in New York, May 2013)

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