Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Still Meditating on Meditation

In reference to Growing a steering wheel for one's brain, and "Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction" - Jon Kabat-Zinn:
A recent article in the NY Times delves into the history of mindfulness meditation in therapy; check out Lotus therapy by Benedict Carey.

Thank you to Deric at Mindblog.

I just (a few days ago) obtained a copy of Kabat-Zinn's book, Full Catastrophe Living, and am reading random pages from it at bedtime. I usually do this with books ... expose my sleepy brain to them, see if something in there can grab my tired attention hard enough to make me want to read them cover to cover when I'm awake and can fairly engage. It's my own Sleepy Brain Interest Detection Screening Mechanism.

I'm grateful, actually, that at this stage of life I appear to be relatively catastrophe-free - there has been a very nice patch of smooth sailing for several years.

PS: I'm back in this post on May 29, to link to a just-released podcast from Ginger Campbell, in her books and ideas series, an interview with Delaney Dean on Mindfulness Meditation. Here are Campbell's show notes. Here is a link to the actual podcast. I am eager to listen to it.


Anonymous said...

Hi Diane,
If you haven't already, I think you'll enjoy listening to this video of Kabat-Zinn talking to google employees. I say listen because there's really nothing to watch, just make yourself comfortable and, listen. I've been giving this link to my chronic patients for a while now and they seem to like it.


Anonymous said...

Just like me to forget to add the link! :{


Diane Jacobs said...

Thanks Eric. :)
The mindfulness meditation stress reduction program seems to make quite a bit of difference for people in chronic pain clinics.