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**Mindfulness News** The Connection is a new film that explores the direct link between the mind and the body. It presents personal stories as well as mounting scientific evidence that suggest our state of mind is a powerful determinant of our health, and a crucial component in the treatment of illness. The film features experts in mind body medicine, such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, founder of MBSR, Herbert Benson, MD, Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, and Sara Lazar, PhD, neuroscience researcher at Harvard Medical School. The U.S. Premiere will be held at the Center for Mindfulness on September 16, 2014.


Mindfulness refers to a state of being fully present in the present moment, accepting each moment as it arises. It is a practice and a way of approaching life that encompasses certain attitudes such as acceptance, patience, non-judgement, and compassion for others and for ourselves. Mindfulness is ubiquitous – a natural part of being human – that has been cultivated and practiced for over 2600 years in various traditions around the world. It is nondenominational and can be developed in accordance with one’s own culture, religion, and spiritual beliefs.

Cultivating mindfulness through formal and informal mindfulness exercises can be a powerful means of reducing the detrimental emotional, neurocognitive, and physiological effects of stress, thereby enhancing emotional and physical health as well as the potential richness of our daily lives.

Over the past 10 years a substantial body of research has emerged on the neurobiology of mindfulness, as well as on its applications to specific medical and non-medical conditions, to the field of education, and to other professions.

The Mindfulness Institute.ca is a resource for all those with interest and curiosity in the practice and potential benefits of mindfulness:

  • Individuals wishing to learn and benefit from mindfulness practice in order to reduce stress, more effectively deal with symptoms, increase sense of health and wellbeing, or learn tools through which to live fuller, richer lives;
  • Beginners in need of basic instruction, training, and direction;
  • Advanced practitioners wishing to deepen their practice and to access resources on recent research findings; 
  • Educators wishing to gain practice, knowledge, skills, and resources to implement mindfulness into classroom settings and curriculums; 
  • Healthcare professionals looking for mindfulness training programs, resources, networking opportunities, and individual or group supervision to implement mindfulness into patient care;
  • Industries and corporations looking to facilitate positive, effective workplace environments through mindfulness training and implementation; and 
  • Physicians wishing to refer patients to mindfulness-based treatment programs, such as MBSR, or to gain tools to enhance their clinical and teaching skills as well as their own personal and professional well-being.

Upcoming Events - The Mindfulness Institute.ca

MBSR for Health Care and Other Professionals
Eight-week course led by Dr. Catherine L. Phillips
Thursday evenings, October 16 - December 11, 2014 (not Nov. 13); + Saturday, Nov. 29
Edmonton AB
Registration Deadline: October 14, 2014
Register early as space is limited!

Mindfulness Meditation: Drop In Tuesdays
Led by Dr. Priscilla M. Koop‚Äč
Tuesdays: September 16, 23, 30, October 14, 2014; 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Edmonton AB 

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Eight-week group led by Dr. Priscilla M. Koop
Coming in early 2015!
Edmonton AB

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

Referrals are accepted on an ongoing basis. Click here for information and the physician referral form.

Upcoming Events - Other Organizers

MBSR Intensive: A 5-Day Intensive Residential Retreat 
October 14 - 19, 2014
Sanctum Retreat Centre, Alberta

This 5-day retreat, led by friends of the Mindfulness Institute.ca Dr. Steven Hick and Dr. Rachael Crowder, is an adaptation of the 8-week MBSR Program held in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. To register online, click here.  

Mindful Practice Advanced Workshop: Enhancing Quality of Care, Quality of Caring, and Resilience
April 27 - May 1, 2015
Chapin Mill Retreat Center, Batavia, NY

This 5-day retreat-like workshop, led by Drs. Ron Epstein and Mick Krasner, is designed for medical practitioners, educators, and others involved in medical practice. The event is sponsored by The Department of Family Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center. Apply soon, as workshops fill up early. 


Click here for more information about events organized by The Mindfulness Institute.ca.

Exciting News from The Mindfulness Institute.ca

"Integrating Mindfulness Training into K-12 Education: Fostering the Resilience of Teachers and Students" was recently published online in Mindfulness where it can be downloaded for free and is currently their 5th most downloaded article! It is a collaborative white paper by John Meiklejohn, Catherine Phillips, and colleagues. You can read a copy of the paper here. You can also see Jon Kabat-Zinn giving a shout out to the paper in his recent talk on mindfulness in schools (at 1:06:40).

Our News & Info 

Publications:

Meiklejohn, J., Phillips, C., Freedman, M. L., et al. (2012). Integrating Mindfulness Training into K-12 Education: Fostering the Resilience of Teachers and StudentsMindfulness. [online. print publication forthcoming].

The Mindfulness Institute.ca in the News:

Mindfulness and Youth: A cause for optimism on Mindful.org

Community Matters: Coming in out of the dark in the Edmonton Examiner

From Monkey Mind to Peace of Mind; Yogainmyschool.com interview with Dr. Catherine Phillips (audio)

New information on the study and application of mindfulness:

The Morality of Meditation, NYTimes

Susan Kaiser Greenland Teaching the ABCs of Mindfulness on TEDxTalk (video)

Juvenile Offenders Use Yoga To Straighten Out - Mind Body Awareness Project on ABC News (video)

Re-Wiring Your Brain for Happiness: Research Shows How Meditation Can Physically Change the Brain

Clint Eastwood and David Lynch Teach 10,000 Veterans to Meditate with Operation Warrior Wellness (video)

Living with Your Heart Wide Open: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Unworthiness, Loneliness, and Shame by Steve Flowers, MFT, and Bob Stahl, PhD (book)

Investigating Healthy Minds with Richard Davidson (audio)

Mindfulness Meditation Improves Connections in the Brain

Goldie Hawn and Dan Siegel at TEDMED 2009 (video)

The Nature of Things with David Suzuki: Changing Your Mind (video on neuroplasticity)

Mindfulness for Teens: 10 Mindful Tips for Minimizing Back to School Stress

Mindful Schools In-Class Instruction (video)

Tips for Teaching Mindfulness to Kids

Jon Kabat-Zinn: Shut Off Your Cell Phone (video)

Meditation to Lower Your Blood Pressure and Protect Your Heart

Reward centre in brains of depressed patients lacks endurance

Stressed brain cannot sustain positive emotion

Can Meditation Sharpen Attention?

Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindful Meditation (video)

Transform Your Mind, Change Your Brain (video)

Mental exercise literally changes our minds

Mindfulness meditation in Hospitals and Schools