Keeping up the good work – maintaining your mindfulness practiceBack to blog
So you’ve just finished the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course in Preston and you’re wondering how to keep up the great work…
Here are some tips to get you started!
Melbourne Zen Group meets on a regular basis on Saturday mornings in Brunswick East
Melbourne Insight Meditation Group meets on a regular basis in Malvern and Northcote
Melbourne Buddhist Centre has sitting groups as well as a range of courses on offer
Yoga centres and schools often have a regular meditation group – contact your local one to find out if they run a regular group.
I suggest borrowing or buying one or more of the following books. There are some helpful reviews online that will help you decide whether they are of interest to you.
Meditation – an in-depth guide, Gawler, I. and Bedson, P.
The Mindful Way Through Depression – Freeing yourself from Chronic Unhappiness, Segal, Z. V., Williams, J. M. G., Teasdale, J. D., Kabat-Zinn, J.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Segal, Z. V., Williams, J. M. G., Teasdale, J. D.
Full Catastrophe Living, Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness. Kabat-Zinn, J.
The 5-minute Meditator, Harrison, E.
Buddha’s brain, the practical neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom, Hanson, R.
Websites and online resources
www.mindful.org A website full of informative articles.
www.psychologytoday.com A website full of informative articles
www.soundstrue.com A website of podcasts, videos and other online resources
www.rickhanson.net Psychologist, teacher and researcher, Dr Rick Hansen’s website is filled with podcasts, articles and research findings related to mindfulness and happiness.
www.tarabrach.com Psychologist, mindfulness teacher with a specific focus on Buddhism, Tara Brach’s website is filled with podcasts, articles and other resources.
With thanks to the Clarity Centre for providing the following list of teachers:
Pema Chodron: Focuses on fear, anxiety, habits, feeling stuck
Tara Brach: Focuses on shame, self-aversion and self-criticism
Craig Hassed, Vidyamala Burch, Shinzen Young, Jon Kabat-Zinn: Focus on working with pain
Kristen Neff, Sharon Salzburg: Focus on self-compassion
Thich Nhat Nahn: Focus on Peace and interdependence
Gregory Kramer, Dan Siegel, Rick Hanson: Focus on interpersonal mindfulness
Dan Siegel, Rick Hanson: Mindfulness, science and the brain
There are no shortage of mindfulness apps! Here are a few I recommend:
Smiling Mind – Free
Headspace – Free option
Mindfulness – Free option
Calm – Free option
Melbourne Mindfulness Foundation regularly delivers 5 week How to Meditate and the 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses in Melbourne and Preston.