Mindfulness might best be described as a 'way of being' rather than a technique, but in psychological terms it can be taught as a technique to increase insight and alter our relationship with our thoughts.
- Mindfulness Instructions - Instructions for teaching mindfulness Download from Mindfulness.org.au
- Urge Surfing - Instructions for teaching clients how to 'urge surf' Download from Mindfulness.org.au
- 'Just worrying' - Instructions for teaching the 'just worrying' thought labelling technique Download from Mindfulness.org.au
- Mindfulness handout Download from getselfhelp.co.uk
- Body scan mindfulness exercise Download from Stillmind.com.au
- Mindfulness presentation Download from PsychologyTools.org (Submitted by Laura Chabot)
- Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) Download from Rochester.edu (0.1MB) | Link to MAAS page at Rochester.edu
Free mindfulness audio recordings
There are many packages of mindfulness recordings that can be bought, John Kabat Zinn in particular has produced a number that are suitable for recommending to clients.
Mark Williams and Danny Penman have some free mindfulness recordings which accompany their book:
- Mindfulness meditation of the body and breath
- The befriending meditation
- Three minute breathing space
Free Buddhist Audio is a website set up by the Triratna Buddhist Order. They make recordings of meditations, and Buddhist teachings available for free. Of particular interest to therapists might be:
- Mindfulness recordings
- Meditation talks
- Bells for meditation recording for those more advanced with meditation practice
- Bangor Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice
- Mindfulness.org.au - Useful site on Mindfulness run by Dr Chris Walsh
- Download papers from Segal, Williams & Teasdale at MBCT.com
- Baer, Ruth A. (2003) Mindfulness training as a clinical intervention: A conceptual and empirical review. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 10(2), 125-143.
- Buchheld N, Grossman P, Walach H (2001)Measuring mindfulness in insight meditation (vipassana) and meditation-based psychotherapy: The development of the Freiburg Mindfulness Inventory (FMI). Journal for Meditation and Meditation Research, 1: 11-34.