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Mindful : October 2014
October 2014 mindful 47 Choosing a Program Mindfulness offers tools to explore the human condition in all its variety. You can learn basic mind- fulness meditation in any number of ways. If you like, you can also find a program that is targeted toward a particular prob- lem, such as depression or addiction, or need, such as leadership or childbirth. Here’s an overview of the many types of programs at your disposal. Ever since Jon Kabat-Zinn formed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in 1979, it has steadily grown, to the point where you can find MBSR in any major city—and beyond. There’s also been an explosion in related progra ms for people facing all sorts of challenges. For example, Mindfulness-Based Cog- nitive Therapy, with its strong emphasis on inquiry, is a powerful way for people with depression to explore their mental habits. Mindfulness-Based Childbirth Professionals who want to deepen their practice can take advantage of any number of mindful meditation programs specifically designed to meet their needs. For example, CARE for Teachers (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education)—recognizes the stresses that teachers work under a nd adapts MBSR techniques to help educators improve their well-being and better nurture Although ma ny meditation centers around the country are associated with religious organizations, you can find centers or programs that make room for people who don’t wa nt a religious orientation toward meditation. Wash- ing ton, D.C ., for example, has the Insight Meditation Community of Washing ton, which offers a huge number of commu- nity meditation opportunities, retreats, workshops, and free online talks and guided meditations. There are similar One of the benefits of living in a digital age is that we can pretty much access whatever we want. That is certainly true of meditation. Every major meditation center or university has a n online compo- nent, offering you virtual courses, guided Mindfulness-Based Initiatives Meditation Centers Online and Apps Targeted Training Programs and Pa renting helps pa rents-to-be cultivate lifelong practices for mindful living and parenting. Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training gives special attention to one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors toward food. Mindful- ness-Based Relapse Prevention is helpful for people who wish to develop a lifestyle that supports their recovery. There are many more of these “mind- fulness-based interventions” a nd a good Internet search will turn them up. centers in cities throughout North Amer- ica. You can call to find out the range of meditation offerings they have. Try, also, a center for mindfulness at a university near you. UCLA, the Uni- versity of Pennsylva nia, and the Uni- versity of Massachusetts are just a few of the universities that have meditation programs open to the public. If you’re unsure about your local school’s pro- gram, call to find out if they encourage community participation. their students. Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training—uses body-based awareness and attention exercises to help police, firefighters, and soldiers cope with the effects of extreme, often prolonged, stress. The Institute for Mindful Lead- ership helps leaders find the space they need to be more reflective, to make room for more intuition, to become better team-builders. meditations, information on retreats and workshops. There a re also new apps you can try, like Headspace. Type in the word "meditation” in your search engine and you’ll quickly see the remarkable number of programs available to you.