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Mon 22

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

October 22 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 24

Free Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

October 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wed 24

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu 25

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

October 25 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Thu 25

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

October 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 26

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

October 26 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Sat 27

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course

October 27 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mon 29

Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

October 29 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm

Research and News on Mindfulness




Mindfulness in the news

Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Congressman Tim Ryan on PBS speaking on mindfulness.

Harvard Unveils MRI study proving meditation literally rebuild the brains gray matter in 8 weeks.

How to Meditate – By David Gelles @nytimes – includes meditation and body scan downloads.

I just spent a day in a mindfulness program developed at Google and left with 5 key lessons

Think Less, Think better-New York Time

Turning Negative Thinkers into Positive Ones

Why Taking a Yoga Teacher Training May Be One of the Best Things You Do in College.

Why What You Learned in Preschool Is Crucial at Work

What to do with your mind during meditation. HuffPost Healthy Living August 9, 2015

Bill Moyers’ Healing and the Mind

The first 45 minutes of Healing From Within features Jon’s MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)classes at the UMass Medical Center. It was produced and aired for the first time in 1993. Since then, over 40 million viewers have seen it. It is part of a five part PBS (Public Broadcasting System) series entitled Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers.

For video click here. 

Mindful Magazine

Meditation: A Practical Way to Retrain Attention,by Daniel Goleman November 2013

New Yorker Magazine July 6, 2015

The Higher Life. A mindfulness guru for the tech set

New York Times Business section

How the chief of Aetna is using meditation and mindfulness to reshape his company’s culture. -David Gelles

Parade MagazineMeditate_Mind-e1420838129644

“The #1 Health Booster in 2015–Politicians, Children & Celebrities are Doing it–Shouldn’t You?”


Scientific American Magazine

“Neuroscience Reveals the Secrets of Meditation’s Benefits” November 2014

60 Minutes – Anderson Cooper reports on what it’s like to try to achieve “mindfulness,”

Cooper states, “it’s rare that you do a story like this and find that it actually kind of changes your life.”

(201) Magazine's People to Watch in Health in 2016

William and Catherine Krame Co-founders, Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Mindfulness, a purposeful way of focusing attention in the present moment, had been part of the Krame family lifestyle long before the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., but the tragedy did help to crystallize the way in which William and Catherine Krame could use the approach to better serve the community.

“When the Sandy Hook massacre occurred, there was a huge shift for me,” Catherine says. “The shooting was on a Friday, and my daughter, who was writing something for school about bringing mindfulness into education, bounced ideas off me that [following] weekend.”

While debates raged in the U.S. over changes that needed to be made to prevent similar tragedies, it occurred to Catherine that incorporating mindfulness into education could help solve the problem of violence in schools.

“Teach children emotional resilience and how to cope, so that they don’t turn to violence – this is the change that has to come,” she says. “We have to bring more mindfulness to children.”

With that goal in mind, the Krames sought a location for a spiritual wellness center and soon discovered that Ramapo College – located near the couple’s home in Mahwah – was a willing collaborator. The Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College was opened in 2014 to serve students, faculty and the community at large.

“For the past 15 years I’ve incorporated principles of mindfulness into my everyday life and my business,” says William, a real estate developer by vocation. “I’ve seen the benefits myself and wanted others to see the benefits of a mindful approach to living life.”

The stated mission of the Krame Center is to “support faculty, staff and students while serving the greater community as a distinctive center for learning and research in contemplative and mindfulness practices.” Toward that end, classes and programs – including a speaker series, weekly meditation sessions and an eight-session Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course – have been made available to the Ramapo community and the public.

The objective during the Krame Center’s first two years, William says, has been to “build a strong foundation to ensure the highest quality of programs.” The long-term goal, Catherine adds, is to introduce contemplative studies as part of the curriculum and, ultimately, a degree program.

“We are hoping to create a model that will be used across the country in other educational institutions,” she says.

– Joseph Ritacco, (201) Magazine.

Ramapo College Magazine Summer 2014

William and Catherine Krame have lived in Mahwah for 15 years, so when they started looking to build a spiritual center for mindfulness education, their search eventually led them to Ramapo College. “I’ve seen Ramapo grow from a small college into a major learning institution,” Bill Krame said. “What they’ve done is very impressive.”

The Krames made a generous donation toward creating the William and Catherine Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living. Krame, a real estate developer, said he and his wife have meditated daily for many years. Having a Type A personality, he said, he sees the benefits firsthand. “Mindfulness has finally been recognized by academics and the medical community as a way of coping and dealing with everyday problems and medical issues,” he said. “The whole concept is: You cannot alter the past and your future is unknown. All you can control is how you deal with the here and now.”

Krame’s vision for the school is long term, and ambitious. He believes Ramapo can become the leading institution on the East Coast for mindfulness education. Its physical location, beautiful facilities, commitment to the students and the surrounding community, and its focus on interdisciplinary education make Ramapo an ideal environment for expanding the study of mindfulness.

“Under the leadership of President Mercer and a fully engaged and committed faculty,” Krame said, “we are very excited about this opportunity and the potential that exists to make a real difference in the world.”

“Changing the world, one person at a time.”

“Helping everyone reach their potential”

-Bill Krame

Mindfulness Research

Research by Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., Founder of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison has demonstrated real changes in the brain of those who practice mindfulness meditation.

Dr. Davidson also reviewed some longitudinal studies that tracked changes over time with meditation practice. In addition to the neural changes that have been observed, he summarized changes that have been found in peripheral biology that may modulate physical health and illness The overall conclusions from these studies are “that one can transform the mind through meditation and thereby alter the brain and the periphery in ways that may be beneficial for mental and physical health, and for well-being.” UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center found meditation can improve executive function including sustaining attention and diminishing distractibility.

Guided Meditations

Guided Meditations

Short Mindfulness Meditation Practice Links

Free Guided Meditations (courtesy of UCLA)

Short Mindfulness Meditation Practices (courtesy of

Self-compassion guided meditation and exercises

Self-Compassion Guided Meditations and Exercises

How to begin a meditation practice – why, where and how to meditate

“How to Meditate” by David Gelles of the New York Times Well Section

How to meditate by Tara Brach

How to Meditate by Tara Brach

Guided Meditations on CD:

Creative Visualization Meditations by Shakti Gawain

Desire or Faith by Kelly Howel

Guided Mindfulness Meditation Series 1 & 2 by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Healthy Journeys: A Mediation for Relaxation and Wellness by Belleruth Naparstek

Meditations by Shakti Gawain

Mindful Apps

Apps for iPhone and Android



Insight Timer

Meditation Timer Pro



Mindfulness Training


Relax Melodies

Smiling Mind

Stop, Breathe & Think

Take a Break

Unwinding Anxiety

Meditation Supplies

Dharma Crafts

Yoga Direct

Recommended Reading


Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body by Daniel Coleman and Richard J Davidson.

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Bob Stahl & Elisha Goldstein

A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with High-Risk Adolescents by Sam Himelstein

Brainstorm:  The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel J. Siegel

Building Emotional Intelligence by Linda Lantieri

Contemplative Pedagogy: The Special Role of Teaching and Learning Center by Daniel Barbezat & Allison Pingree

Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning by Daniel Barbezat & Mirabai Bush

Everybody Present: Mindfulness in the Classroom by Rotne & Rotne

Finding the Space to Lead by Janice Marturano

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness by Susan Smalley and Diane Winston

Genuine Happiness: Meditation as the Path to Fulfillment by B. Alan Wallace

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence by Rick Hanson

Loving-Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg

Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment – and Your Life By Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Guanaratana

Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom by Patricia Jennings

Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises from The Power of Now by         Eckhart Tolle

Radical Presence: Teaching as Contemplative Practice by Mary Rose O’Reilley

The Contemplative Life and the Teaching of the Humanities by Brian Stock

The Contemplative Practitioner: Meditation in Education and the Professions by John P. Miller

The Craving Mind by Judson Brewer

The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal by Arthur Zajonc & Parker Palmer

The Power of Mindful Learning by Ellen J. Langer

The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being by Daniel J. Siegel

The Mindful Child by Susan Kaiser Greenland

The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time by Dzung Vo

The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Untethered Soul By Michael Singer

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel

Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubenstein

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times By Pema Chodron


Above list courtesy of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (partial list)


Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living at Ramapo College of NJ
505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ, 07430 in Bergen County, New Jersey, Northern New Jersey