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Research and News on Mindfulness




Business and Organization-Mindfulness in the Workplace

At Aetna, a C.E.O.’s Management by Mantra- New York Times by David Gelles, The New York Times February 2015

Cleveland Clinic Study Finds that Meditation at Work Reduces Stress and Boosts Morale Cleveland Clinic Newsroom March 2016

Corporations’ Newest Productivity Hack: Meditation by Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic March 2015

Effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction on medical and premedical students U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health

How to Be More Mindful at Work by David Gelles, The New York Times

Meditation, mindfulness and cognitive flexibility by Adam Moore and Peter Malinowski, Science Direct December 2008

Meditation may help the brain reduce distractions by Sue McGreevey, The Harvard Gazette April 2011

Meditation, mindfulness and cognitive flexibility U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health

Meditation makes you more creative by Leiden University, ScienceDaily October 2014

Meditation produces positive changes in the brain by Lisa Brunette, University of Wisconsin-Madison February 2003

Six Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation in the Workplace by Claire Ponsaran, Rethink Staffing April 2017

Stepping out of history: Mindfulness improves insight problem solving ScienceDirect

The Key to a Mindful Work Life by Sharon Salzberg, Barry Boyce, and Janice Marturano, Mindful September 2018

Three Benefits of Mindfulness at Work by Jeremy Adam Smith, Mindful October 2015

Unleashing the Power of Mindfulness in Corporations by Christian Greiser and Jan-Philipp Martini, Boston Consulting Group April 2018

What are the benefits of mindfulness by Daphne M. Davis and Jeffrey A. Hayes, American Psychological Association July/August 2012

Why Google, Nike, and Apple Love Mindfulness Training, and How You Can Easily Love It Too by Marissa Levin, Inc. June 2017

5 successful business leaders that have used meditation to improve productivity, creativity, and business acumen

by Jason DeMers, Business Insider April 2018

6 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation by Jeena Cho, Forbes July 2016

7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain by Alice G. Walton, Forbes February 2015

Mindfulness in the Classroom and Research on student/adolescence benefits of mindfulness

Calming the Teenage Mind in the Classroom by Kelly Wallace, CNN February 2016

Can a Change in Mindset Help Teens De-stress by Sarah Wheeler, Mindful September 2016

How Does Teaching Mental Health in Schools Benefit Students? by David Levine, U.S.News August 2018

Just Breathe: Mindfulness may help freshman stress less and smile more by Victoria M. Indivero, Penn State April 2017

Meditation becoming more popular among teens by Dan Harris, Good Morning America January 2015

Meditation in Public Schools: Pro or Con by Stephany Tlalka, Mindful May 2017

Mindfulness classes to help teenagers’ mental fitness by Smith Mundasad, BBC July 2015

Mindfulness in the Classroom: Meditative Training Helps Kids Thrive by Rachael Oppy, Natural Awakenings 2019

Mindfulness in the Classroom-Vanderbilt University by Juliann Garey, Child Mind Institute

Mindfulness training helps teens cope with stress and anxiety by Gosia Wozniackwa, The Washington Post December 2014

San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation NBC December 2014

School Replaces Detention with Meditation Higher Perspective September 2018

Science Shows Meditation Benefits Children’s Brains and Behavior by Alice G. Walto, Forbes October 2016

Transcendental Meditation Helps Students Cope with Adult-sized Stress by William R. Stixrud, David Lynch Foundation February 2015

When Mindfulness Meets the Classroom by Lauren Cassani Davis, The Atlantic August 2015

Why Mindfulness Belongs in the Classroom by Michelle Kinder, Mindful January 2017

Mindfulness in Higher-Education

Berdik, Chris. Can Mindfulness help stressed teachers stay in the classroom?, PBS News Hour March 2019

Burggraf, Susan & Peter Grossenbacher. Contemplative Modes of Inquiry in Liberal Arts Education. LiberalArtsOnline, June 2007.

Bush, Mirabai. (2010). Contemplative Higher Education in Contemporary America. See also Mirabai Bush, “Contemplative Higher Education in Contemporary Life,” Contemplation Nation: How Ancient Practices Are Changing the Way We Live, pp. 221-36. 2011.

Bush, Mirabai. (2013). “Mindfulness in Higher Education,” in Mindfulness: Diverse Perspectives on its Meaning, Origins and Applications. London: Routledge.

Buddhist Economics by E.F. Schumacher on Right Livelihood

Coburn, Thomas; Fran Grace; Anne Carolyn Klein; Louis Komjathy; Harold Roth & Judith Simmer-Brown. (2011). Contemplative Pedagogy: Frequently Asked Questions. Teaching Theology and Religion, Vol. 14, No. 2, April 2011, 167-174.

Craig, Barbara A. (2011). Contemplative Practice in Higher Education: An Assessment of the Contemplative Practice Fellowship Program. Northampton, MA: The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

Gunnlaugson, O., Sarath, E., Scott, C., & Bai, H. (Eds.). (2014). Contemplative Learning and Inquiry Across Disciplines. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

James E. Groccia and Laura Cruz (Eds.), To Improve the Academy, 31, 177-191. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Kroll, Keith. (Ed.). (2010). Contemplative Teaching and Learning: New Directions for Community Colleges, 151. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Sanders, Linda A., Ed. (2013) Contemplative Studies in Higher Education: New Directions for Teaching and Learning, No. 134, Summer 2013.Shapiro, Shauna L.; Kirk Warren Brown & John A. Astin. (2008). Toward the Integration of Meditation into Higher Education: A Review of Research. Edited by Maia Duerr. Northampton, MA: The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.
This paper was later revised and published as Shapiro, Shauna, Kirk Warren Brown and John A. Austin, “Toward the Integration of Meditation into Higher Education: A Review of Research Evidence,” Teachers College Record, 113:3 (2011), p. 493-528.

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

Mindfulness in the news

5 Mindfulness Practices to Step Up Your Recovery by Beverly Conyers, The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Cognitive Aging and Long-Term Maintenance of Attentional Improvements Following Meditation Training by Anthony P. Zanesco, Brandon G. King, Katherine A. MacLean, and Clifford D. Saron

Could mindfulness reduce brain aging? by Honor Whiteman, Medical News Today February 2015

Harvard Unveils MRI study proving meditation literally rebuild the brains gray matter in 8 weeks by Brent Lambert, Feel Guide November 2014

I just spent a day in a mindfulness program developed at Google and left with 5 key lessons by Shana Lebowitz, Business Insider November 2016

Mindfulness training modifies subsystems of attention by Amishi P. Jha, Jason Krompinger, and Michael J. Baime

Think Less, Think better-New York Time by Moshe Bar, The New York Times June 2016

Turning Negative Thinkers into Positive Ones by Jane E. Brody, The New York Times April 2017

Why Taking a Yoga Teacher Training May Be One of the Best Things You Do in College by Antonia Blumberg, HuffPost December 2015

Why What You Learned in Preschool Is Crucial at Work by Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times October 2015

What to do with your mind during meditation by 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. 

Congressman Tim Ryan on PBS speaking on mindfulness

Mindfulness meditation has become a popular stress reducer nowadays in the U.S. with many schools, business organisations, and even a Member of Congress practicing it.

For video click here.

Mindful Magazine November 2013

Meditation: A Practical Way to Retrain Attention by Daniel Goleman

New Yorker Magazine July 2015

The Higher Life. A mindfulness guru for the tech set by Lizzie Widdicombe

New York Times Business section February 2015

How the chief of Aetna is using meditation and mindfulness to reshape his company’s culture by David GellesMeditate_Mind-e1420838129644

Scientific American Magazine November 2014 

Neuroscience Reveals the Secrets of Meditation’s Benefits by Matthieu Ricard, Antoine Lutz, and Richard J. Davidson

CBS News

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

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

William and Catherine Krame Co-founders, Mindfulness at Ramapo College of New Jersey, 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 Mindfulness at Ramapo College of New Jersey 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 Mindfulness at Ramapo College 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 Mindfulness at Ramapo College’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 Mindfulness at Ramapo College of New Jersey. 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

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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


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

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

Living in Flow: The Key to Unlocking Your Greatest Potential by Catherine Krame

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

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

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

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

Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal

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

Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubenstein

Walden by Henry David Thoreau


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