Mindfulness Works!


Learning the mindfulness technique facilitates learning/using other CBT/ACT  skills.

Below are 4 brief videos:
(1) Animation explains (simply) what mindfulness is
(2) Animation shows how it works
(3) JKZ Demonstrates ‘mindful’ practice;
(4) JB explains how to use it for stress management and breaking a self-defeating habit.

(1)  What is/Why to use mindfulness

(2)  How it works

(3)  Jon Kabat-Zinn demonstrates it

Learning to be ‘mindful’ is the first step in managing your moods.  Below is a quick sampler of Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s instruction. He founded the scientifically-validated Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class at UMass.

The full MBSR course is given at many universities. Locally, I recommend the one at George Washington University (taught by Grace Ogden). Another option is to take the ONLINE Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course (produced by JKZ’s Center) – from the convenience of your own home and at your schedule!  To date, more than 20,000 patients have completed the MBSR program at UMass. Worldwide, there are more than 740 MBSR programs in hospitals, clinics, and at free-standing programs serving the needs of tens of thousands of people on six continents. 

Another option is to try out Headspace, a computer-based (or an app for the phone) program that walks you through mindfulness – easily/briefly. It’s free. Many people find it a helpful way to get started, especially to see what it’s like before trying out the MBSR course.

(4) Breaking an old habit

Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction — from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they’re bad for us. Learn more about the mechanism of habit development and discover a simple but profound tactic that might help you beat your next urge to smoke, snack or check a text while driving.

It’s never too late to start!  It’s proven … Just 8 minutes of daily practice will change your brain, for good.

See more interesting studies from the American Mindfulness Research Association.  For instance, MBSR has been found to be cost effective for Low Back Pain.


More Videos about Mindfulness


Jeffrey Schwartz, MD – author, You Are Not Your Brain

See more interesting videos related to mindfulness by Dr. Schwartz.

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