‘Mindfulness and Politics – agency-in-urgent-times’ – by The Mindfulness Initiative
A paper on the benefits of evidence-based mindfulness training for individual and collective political power. A very interesting document about using meditation to increase our agency.
‘Time for new thinking about mindfulness and social change’ – by Jamie Bristow
An excellent response to mindfulness critiques from my friend Jamie Bristow, director of the Mindfulness Initiative.
‘The problem of mindfulness’ – by Sahanika Ratnayake
This article is a good critique of the false ‘neutrality’ of mindfulness.
‘How capitalism captured the mindfulness industry’ – by David Forbes
A good summary of ‘McMindfulness’, one of the best critiques of the practice as a western phenomena around.
‘Mindful Parenting: A Guide for Mental Health Practitioners’ – by Susan Bogels
This thick book is a great clinical resource for teaching mindfulness to parents.
‘Mindfulness and contemplative approaches in education’ – Katherine Weare
A good summary of the effectiveness of mindfulness in schools.
The Mindfulness Initiative Research Overview
This is a short and sweet summary of the best research into the benefits of mindfulness.
‘What is Mindfulness?’ – Bangor University
The two main clinical applications of Mindfulness use Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), or Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. This is a useful description of the two methods.
‘Seeing That Frees’ – by Rob Burbea
Rob Burbea was one of the best meditation teachers of recent times. He died in 2020, but this book captures the depth of his insight into meditation, and how we can use meditation to free ourselves from suffering.
For slightly more experienced meditators, Insight Timer is amazing. Especially the timer, use this to create your own meditation soundtrack.
Stop, Breathe & Think
I love this website, featuring a whole range of free meditations for different objectives. They have a kids version too.
Sam Harris’s Waking Up App
If you are an atheist, or working with an atheist, then Sam Harris’ app Waking Up is really good. I have found this particularly helpful for clients who have an aversion to anything with a religious undertone or overtly spiritual association.
Mindfulness in Schools Project
If you are interested in training to become a mindfulness for kids teacher, these guys are the best in the UK. I have done their training.
A really fun meditation and mindfulness app for kids. Focussing on screen time, focus, regulating emotions and better sleep.
Susan Kaiser Greenland
Susan Kaiser Greenland is probably the most well-known mindfulness for kids teacher – explore her joyful, fun approach to mindfulness on her website.
Ram Dass is my number one spiritual teacher. He was a Professor Of Psychology at Harvard University, and very involved in the psychedelic movement that essentially kickstarted the 60s. He then met a guru in India called Neem Karoli Baba – his teachings are a combination of his psychology training and the deep spiritual insights he gained as a result of this mentor-student. I love him. He died in 2019, but all of his teachings are collected on this website.
Guided Meditations for Children
Annaka Harris has some wonderful meditation exercises created especially for children, designed for ages 6-10 and older.
Headspace have so many amazing resources to learn the basics, including on their youtube channel and on their website. Their short animations are a great way to introduce kids to some of the basic concepts of mindfulness.
What is Mindfulness?
The Mindfulness Initiative website is a great resource, includingthis article about the basics of mindfulness.
‘A History of Mindfulness’ – Wellcome Foundation
An interesting, well-researched article on the Wellcome Foundation website, delving into the growth of mindfulness from Buddhist origins into a Western phenomenon.