Stuff in the ‘mindfulness’ Category

24 September, 2019

Kuyken

Willem Kuyken is the Ritblat Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Science at the University of Oxford, where he also directs the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. His research work is focused on depression and evidence-based approaches to depression. In particular, he examines how mindfulness and mindfulness-based programs can prevent depression and enhance human potential across the lifespan. He is working on several books that introduce mindfulness as a mainstream approach to living with integrity, well-being and effectiveness. 

Willem has published more than 100 peer reviewed scientific publications. These include studies demonstrating that Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy is an effective approach to prevention of depression, an alternative to maintenance antidepressants (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2008; Lancet, 2015; JAMA Psychiatry, 2016), as well as a universal approach to preventing depression in adolescence (British Journal of Psychiatry, 2013). 

Willem is interested in the interface of ancient wisdom traditions and contemporary science. This led to the book, co-authored with Christina Feldman, Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, published by Guilford Press. It was described by Jon Kabat-Zinn as “a tour de force … that elaborates in exquisite detail yet with utter accessibility and clarity what mindfulness is, where it comes from, its profound ethical foundation, its clinical applications, its growing evidence base, and its potential for healing.”

Another research focus is cognitive-behavioural therapy. He co-authored Collaborative Case Conceptualization: Working Effectively with Clients in Cognitive-behavioral Therapy, with Christine Padesky and Rob Dudley (2009). This book was described by Aaron T. Beck as “setting a gold standard for how to develop individualized case conceptualizations with our clients.” His research has been supported by the National Institute for Health Research, Wellcome Trust, Economic and Social Research Council, NHS, Oxford Mindfulness Foundation, Medical Research Council and British Academy.

Willem regularly gives keynotes and workshops around the world. His work has been covered in numerous media outlets including CBSMaccleansNew StatesmanLe Mondeder Zeit,  the Telegraphthe Guardian, the BBC and many others. I have authored blogs for the Oxford Mindfulness CentreNIHR Dissemination Centre and the Huffington Post. He work with a range of groups who are skilled in public engagement, including the National Mental ElfPresent Moment podcasts,  Voices from OxfordCatalyst  It Gets Brighter and science programmes such as Trust Me I’m a Doctor. 

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11 September, 2019

Welch

Caroline Welch is CEO of Mind Your Brain, Inc., based in Los Angeles. She is Co-Founder with Dr. Daniel J. Siegel of the Mindsight Institute whose mission is to promote the scientific understanding of well-being through online courses, workshops, books and lectures. She is also Co-Founder of PodOp, Inc., a startup in New York City. Caroline is a meditator, speaker, and currently writing her first book to be published in March 2020, titled The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women (Tarcher Perigee/Penguin Random House).

Born on a working dairy farm, Caroline’s first trip out of Darien, Wisconsin was to Shiraz, Iran on a high school exchange program. That was the beginning of her love of travel and exploration which has included climbing Mount Kenya, teaching English in Japan for three years, and backpacking through 25 different countries. She was introduced to mindfulness meditation in 1978 while living in Japan.

Caroline is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and holds a Masters in Communication Studies from the University of Southern California. She has practiced law for over 25 years, in various capacities including as a corporate litigator, in-house counsel at MGM, production attorney for the television show Judge Judy, and a mediator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Caroline is an avid watercolorist and has two children. She lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband.


25 June, 2018

THE MINDFUL SCHOOL, by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

A crash-course in mindfulness for educators, filled with strategies for cultivating concentration, compassion and calm in the classroom for students of all levels. (ASCD, World Rights, Fall 2020)


11 April, 2017

Secrets of Mindful Beauty, Elizabeth Reid Boyd and Jessica Moncrieff-Boyd

If you think the answer to anti-aging and looking good comes from a jar, a salon, or a surgical procedure: think again. The best beauty treatment is in your own mind.

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Depression can give you wrinkles
Insomnia can cause sagging skin
Anxiety can increase reddening and skin rashes
Stress can result in acne and hair loss
and much more?

Discover the secrets of mindful beauty. Lose your permanent frown. Smooth your worried brow without Botox. Turn your sag lines into smile lines. These age-defying techniques have been specially created for a happier, more beautiful you.

Mindful beauty is a way of applying the practices of mindfulness to our physical health and well-being. Many of our routines around beauty lend themselves to mindfulness, and this will not only enhance the experience, but also have ongoing positive beautifying effects by reducing the stress and anxiety that can affect how we look and feel.

Elizabeth Reid Boyd: Reid Boyd has degrees in psychology and gender studies. She has taught interpersonal, communication, and personal development skills including meditation, self-awareness, self-care, and mindfulness at the university level for almost two decades.
Jessica Moncrieff-Boyd: Moncrieff-Boyd completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne. She has received training in several therapeutic disciplines, including mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy. She has experience working with women and adolescents experiencing body image problems.