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The Original Mindfulness Meditation


A Zen Buddhist monk guides us through the brief mindfulness meditation "Pebble for your Pocket."

Based on the teachings of the famous Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, poet, and human rights activist Thich Nhat Hanh, a follower who lives with him in the Plum Village monastery demonstrates the gentle, relaxing, and illuminating practice. An HD version of the video is available for purchase on a full length DVD, "Mindful Living Every Day."

Mindfulness is a skill which has...
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Anxious? A Simple Yoga Posture That Helps


Yoga teacher and authentic living expert Amy Patee demonstrates a simple yoga posture (asana) and two breathing exercises that help reduce anxiety.

Patee used yoga in her personal journey recovering from anorexia and depression, and now shares her knowledge through offline yoga instruction and free online resources like a YouTube channel and ebooks. In this short video, she shows viewers how to do an easy yoga posture, explaining its benefits and what to...
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Why LOLCats Enjoy Petting


In the cutest, funniest, educational science video you're likely to find, LOLCats are used to illustrate a report on a neuroscience study about why hairy mammals enjoy being stroked.

This brief and adorable production from Nature Video mixes LOLCat images with narration about a experiment with mice that found specific neurons are activated when they are stroked versus other physical sensations, and that when the mice were given a choice they preferred the stroking effect. Although the study didn't examine...
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Guided Mindfulness Meditation


In a beautifully produced video made by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Prof. Mark Williams introduces the concept of mindfulness and leads viewers through a short guided meditation. With just a few minutes of nature scenes and becoming more aware of your body, you can find renewed focus and peace. "Allow things to be just as they are" (good advice in many situations) and keep attention on your breathing, and sensations in your body.

This quick three-step exercise is a...
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ADHD Animation


ADHD and Me

Children's voices come to life in animation as they describe symptoms of ADHD and what it's like to have treatment.

The VOICES (Voices On Identity, Childhood, Ethics & Stimulants) study involved 150 children in the United States and the United Kingdom. The film uses clips from the actual interviews with the children. They describe what it's like to take Ritalin, how they feel, and what improvements they experience. It also describes downsides. Stigma is another issue tackled.

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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Video Toolkit

A toolkit consisting of a series of seven videos, with accompanying worksheets and information, on Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Starting with the ABC model of human thought, the course teaches simple methods of altering thoughts based on mindfulness, and ways of cultivating happiness with kindness.

The five minute video and PDF on rumination are especially good, outlining eleven practical steps to stopping the cycle, and the mindfulness meditation overview is great.

The self-professed...
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