Learn more about Gratitude & Mindfulness

Gratitude

“A feeling of deep appreciation; a positive emotion that involves a desire to thank another.”

 

Mindfulness

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

 


Greater Good

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The Greater Good Science Center is based at the University of Berkeley, California and studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Learn about gratitude, mindfulness, happiness, forgiveness and much more. A great website full of resources on these areas.


Center for Mindfulness

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The Center for Mindfulness explores, understands and articulates mindfulness in the minds of individuals, organizations through clinical care, scientific research and training. This is where mindfulness meets science. Quite fascinating!


 

365 Grateful Project

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The 365 Grateful Project is all about the extraordinary power of gratitude. This can really shift one’s mindset to realize that the importance of life is down to moments; moments of gratitude which we often take for granted and miss in our busy lives. It altered the way I look at things on a daily basis from the new buds on the trees in the spring, to the breeze on my face when riding my bike with my family. I started my own 365 Grateful project in 2014 – Have a peak here!

 

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Mindful is the voice of the emerging mindfulness community. They are the place to go for insight, information, and inspiration to help us all live more mindfully. Mindful celebrates mindfulness, awareness, and compassion in all aspects of life. Visit them to learn more!


Meditation

Along my journey after surgery, it was recommended that I start meditating using Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness meditation. He is one of the pioneers and guru’s of this technique. This was a great discovery for me. It allowed for restful sleep and also a way for my brain to find peace and calm after the disruption it had been through.

Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to have many benefits for the mind and body. Here are a few tools for you to read up on.

 

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The Science of Mindfulness Jon Kabat-Zinn (radio interview)

http://radioboston.wbur.org/2014/01/27/the-science-of-mindfulness

 

Meditation can bring health benefits

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/04/13/meditation-can-bring-health-benefits-and-aid-function-aging-brains-research-suggests/FmMX72sGx4mIRDzxArkUaO/story.html

 

Online Resources

mindfulnessSounds True offers transformational programs to help you live a more genuine, loving and meaningful life

 

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Breathe is a friendly, simple tool to guide people of all ages and backgrounds through meditations for mindfulness and compassion.

 

 

 

 

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Smiling Mind is a unique web and App-based program developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy, Mindfulness Meditation and web-based wellness programs.

 

 

 

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With Calm, you’ll discover how simple meditation really is, and how taking a few moments out of your day can make you happier and healthier

 

 

 

* With thanks to Sharon Selby at www.sharonselby.com for some of the Online Resource tips!