Research and Science of Mindfulness

According to Mindfulness Research Monthly  neuroscience research on the benefits of mindfulness has become more prolific. In recent years there has been a surge in NIH-funded research trials in the U.S. In 2008, even the U.S. Department of Defense began using mindfulness practice as part of its treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (link). According to Black (2010), a meta-analytic review by Sawyer, Witt and Oh in 2010 found that mindfulness-based therapies had a dramatic effect on improving both depression and anxiety.

Mindfulness-Based Training for Adults

Research among the scientific community has grown exponentially with researchers from leading institutions around the world including – Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Oxford, Cambridge, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and others – leading the way. Numerous studies now show that mindfulness practice can have a profound impact on our emotional wellbeing, physical health, ability to cope with stress and challenges, relationships, and performance. Continue reading “Research and Science of Mindfulness”

Sit Every Day (Lion’s Roar / Shambhala Sun)

By Diana Winston

Diana Winston on commitment to the practice of sitting, why we should sit regularly, and advice on how to keep yourself on schedule.

Your unforgiving alarm rings for all it’s worth. It’s 7AM. You crash out of bed, slamming your toe on your bedside table. You fumble for your zafu in the dark. “It’s over here somewhere,” you mumble. Hearing you awaken from the dead, your cat runs screeching. You are about to plant your still-zombiefied-self on the cushion when nature calls. Three minutes later your mother calls too, and you know you really shouldn’t answer it but she does have that crucial bit of information about the results of American Idol, and… that’s it, the day has started. You’re late for work, the shower’s running cold again, your toothbrush bristles are thoroughly chewed through, the cat is ripping apart your sofa, blackmailing you for food, and of course, as always, despite hundreds of clothes in your closet, you have nothing to wear. You leave the house agitated, jangled, caught in another shouting match with yourself: “You lazy… you didn’t meditate! Again. You’ll never change!” Continue reading “Sit Every Day (Lion’s Roar / Shambhala Sun)”

Mindfulness for Children (NY Times Well)

Children of all ages can benefit from mindfulness, the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment. It can help parents and caregivers, too, by promoting happiness and relieving stress. Here, we offer basic tips for children and adults of all ages, as well as several activities that develop compassion, focus, curiosity and empathy. And remember, mindfulness can be fun.

What Is Mindfulness, and Why Do Kids Need It?

From our earliest moments, mindfulness can help minimize anxiety and increase happiness.

HOW IT HELPS

Adversity comes at us from the moment we are born. Infants get hungry and tired. Toddlers grapple with language and self-control. And as children develop through adolescence to become teenagers, life grows ever more complicated. Developing relationships, navigating school and exercising independence — the very stuff of growing up — naturally creates stressful situations for every child.

At each developmental stage, mindfulness can be a useful tool for decreasing anxiety and promoting happiness. Mindfulness — a simple technique that emphasizes paying attention to the present moment in an accepting, nonjudgmental manner — has emerged as a popular mainstream practice in recent decades. It is being taught to executives at corporations, athletes in the locker room, and increasingly, to children both at home and in school.

EARLY HABITS

Children are uniquely suited to benefit from mindfulness practice. Habits formed early in life will inform behaviors in adulthood, and with mindfulness, we have the opportunity to give our children the habit of being peaceful, kind and accepting.

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Read more:  https://www.nytimes.com/guides/well/mindfulness-for-children/

Research: Workplace Mindfulness

Workplace mindfulness

INCREASE EARNINGS 
and
IMPROVE PERFORMANCE
by reducing employee stress

Labor organizations estimated that 30% of all work-related illness is due to stress accounting for $6.6 billion of losses in the U.S. alone!

Chronic stress has a serious impact on physical and mental health increasing risk for heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and obesity. According to Mark Bertolini, Chairman and CEO of Aetna, where Mindfulness-Based Programs provided for thousands of Aetna employees nationwide have demonstrated

  • increased productivity of more than $3,000 per person per year
  • improved quality of life: reduced levels of stress and pain and improved sleep.

JOIN LEADING hospitals and health systems, U.S Marine Corps, U.S. Army, Seattle Seahawks, NBA , major corporations and businesses of all kinds in diverse settings like:  Google… Aetna… General Mills… IBM… Apple… Ford… Proctor & Gamble… Eileen Fisher… and more

Research in healthcare shows that reducing stress through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has a positive impact resulting in:

• Improved performance • Better decisions
• Reduced costs • Improved teamwork
• Reduced absenteeism • Improved communication
• Better customer satisfaction • Kinder, happier workplace
• Healthier, more fulfilled staff • Fewer errors, wasted time

MIAMI MINDFULNESS INVITES YOU to participate in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programs. Click here for the date of our next offering.

Mindful Principles of .b Under Study at Oxford (Myriadproject.org)

MYRIAD (MY Resilience In ADolescence)  compares good quality social & emotional learning to .b (“Stop and be!”) an engaging program based on MBSR & MBCT which includes striking visuals, videos, activities and classical mindfulness practices.

Study with 6,000 participants is underway at Oxford with funding from the Wellcome Trust. Outcomes substantiate the importance of .b for Teens currently being taught by Miami Mindfulness in collaboration with Coral Gables Congregational Church. – Valerie York-Zimmerman

You become what you practice: Skillful MBSR Training emphasizes three important skills

Meditation’s Effects May Differ by Type of Practice

Skillful MBSR Training emphasizes all three important skills of: attention (Presence), compassion (Affect), Social Intelligence (Perspective). Some mindfulness trainings emphasize primarily one type. For instance, brain imaging shows Presence training increases attention and executive function but changes to compassion and perspective-taking were not detected. Here’s a link to a recent groundbreaking study.  (By B Grace Bullock PhD on Mindful.com, October 19, 2017)

 

BY B GRACE BULLOCK PH.D.   MINDFULNESS RESEARCH

 

The Mindful Athlete by George Mumford (mindfulathlete.org)

For those of us who work with kids who may be struggling or having difficulty with their performance in school, sports, or life, I thought I would highlight my friend, mindfulness teacher George Mumford and his book!  George Mumford has taught mindfulness to some of the greatest athletes in the world. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant…

Michael Jordan credits George Mumford with transforming his on-court leadership of the Bulls, helping Jordan lead the team to six NBA championships. Mumford also helped Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and Lamar Odom and countless other NBA players turn around their games. A widely respected public speaker and coach, Mumford is sharing his own story and the strategies that have made these athletes into stars in The Mindful Athlete: The Secret to Pure Performance. His proven, gentle but groundbreaking mindfulness techniques can transform the performance of anyone with a goal, be they an Olympian, weekend warrior, executive, hacker, or artist.

With a charismatic teaching style that combines techniques of engaged mindfulness with lessons from popular culture avatars such as Yoda, Indiana Jones, and Bruce Lee, Mumford tells illuminating stories about his larger than life clients. His writing is down-to-earth and easy to understand and apply. The Mindful Athlete is an engrossing story and an invaluable resource for anyone looking to elevate their game, no matter what the pursuit.

Read more now at http://mindfulathlete.org/

Do These Research-Based Health Benefits Interest You?

What are the benefits of mindfulness? – by Daphne M. Davis, PhD, and Jeffrey A. Hayes, Ph.D. in the American Psychological Association Monitor on Psychology, August 2012.  www.apa.org

The below results are evidence-based. Can you benefit from any of them?

ADULT CLIENTS

  1. Reduced rumination
  2. Fewer depressive symptoms
  3. Better working memory capacity
  4. Sustained attention during performance
  5. Stress reduction
  6. Increased positive affect
  7. Decreased anxiety and negative affect
  8. Emotion regulation
  9. Decreased reactivity
  1. Increased response flexibility
  2. Increased self-observation
  3. Present moment awareness
  4. Increased immune functioning
  5. Improved well-being
  6. Reduced psychological distress
  7. Increased info processing speed

TRAINEES AND THERAPISTS

  1. Increased empathy
  2. Increased compassion
  3. Improved counseling skills
  4. Decreased stress and anxiety
  5. Decreased depressive symptoms
  6. Decreased rumination, negative affect
  1. Decreased fatigue (medical students)
  2. Improved quality of life
  3. Increased emotional intelligence
  4. Reduced PTSD in health workers
  5. Increased counseling self-efficacy

IF you would like to explore MBSR and these outcomes for yourself, contact us for upcoming Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programs at Miami Mindfulness.

Classes: Thursday evenings, 6:00–8:30 p.m., Sept. 28, 2017 – Nov. 16, 2017 or inquire about winter sessions.

To register, email Valerie York-Zimmerman via ijourney@att.net.

For more details see our website: Miami Mindfulness – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR

Business Benefit Of MBSR

Workplace mindfulness

Labor organizations estimated that 30% of all work-related illness is due to stress accounting for $6.6 billion of losses in the U.S. alone!

Chronic stress has a serious impact on physical and mental health increasing risk for heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and obesity. According to Mark Bertolini, Chairman and CEO of Aetna, where Mindfulness-Based Programs provided for thousands of Aetna employees nationwide have demonstrated:

  • Increased productivity of more than $3,000 per person per year
  • Improved quality of life: reduced levels of stress and pain and improved sleep.

JOIN LEADING hospitals and health systems, U.S Marine Corps, U.S. Army, Seattle Seahawks, NBA , major corporations and businesses of all kinds in diverse settings like:

Google… Aetna… General Mills… IBM… Apple… Ford… Proctor & Gamble… Eileen Fisher… and more

Research in healthcare shows that reducing stress through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has a positive impact resulting in:

• Improved performance • Better decisions
• Reduced costs • Improved teamwork
• Reduced absenteeism • Improved communication
• Better customer satisfaction • Kinder, happier workplace
• Healthier, more fulfilled staff • Fewer errors, wasted time

MIAMI MINDFULNESS INVITES YOU to participate in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programs beginning in September.


REGISTER NOW! Space is limited.

Valerie York-Zimmerman, UMass Medical School, CFM Certified MBSR Teacher, Founder and Senior Trainer & Teacher, MIAMI MINDFULNESS in South Miami.
Email: ijourney@att.net

Mindfulness for Beginners (Free Access @ Sounds True)

Explore the Infinite Potential that Lies Within This Very Moment

With Mindfulness for Beginners you are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel love, work and play – and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are.

  • This practice is just one of many short downloadable audio sessions selected from our most popular courses
  • Free yourself from limiting perspectives, and become more intimate with your own boundless awareness
  • This session is excerpted from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s two-CD program “Mindfulness for Beginners”

Register and participate:
https://soundstrue.leadpages.co/mindfulness-for-beginners/