We are thrilled to share the exciting news that Dr. Cassandra Vieten, PhD has been appointed as the Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness (CFM). Dr. Vieten is an accomplished clinical psychologist and researcher with a specialization in integrative mental health. She has dedicated her career to studying the psychological mechanisms of mind-body practices and their effects on behavior, perception, and mood.
A colleague of mine emailed me yesterday to ask my advice. She had submitted a paper for publication in a respected scientific journal that looked at one particular aspect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
I can remember that day. I was home from college for Thanksgiving break. I had picked up my best friend for lunch; we were going shopping, and then later, out for the evening. We had quite the day planned…
Are you more aware of the "here and now?" Do you feel your developing enhanced learning skills, and your memory is improving?
If so perhaps you have participated in one of our MBSR Programs. Recent studies of MBSR participants are showing these benefits along with an increased ability to regulate emotions.
Looking for a nice introduction to how and why mindfulness might be helpful in regard to depression and anxiety? This segment from CBC's The Journal program does a great job of noting how mindfulness has become a standard approach to dealing with mood disorders and features one of the developers of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Zindel Segal talking about how it all works.
Psycho-oncology researchers and colleagues Linda Carlson and Michael Speca have been running mindfulness-based groups for cancer patients for over ten years now, and that experience has led to the development of a powerful program and now a very helpful new book from New Harbinger entitled Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery: A Step-by-step MBSR Approach to Help You Cope With Treatmen
The topic (and more importantly, the practice) of mindfulness has exploded in the world of education and the 2011 Mindfulness in Education Conference, entitled Mindfulness: Foundation for Teaching and Learning is a wonderful example of that.
If you are looking for a simple, yet elegant description of what mindfulness is, take a look at this short video by Susan Kaiser-Greenland, author of The Mindful Child. It's great for kids, but pretty effective for anyone!