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Mindfulness Meditation Video for Working with Difficulties


From the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, researcher Diana Winston created this short guided meditation video to help work with life's difficulties.

Whether it's difficult emotions, body sensations, or stressful events, mindfulness meditation can help with calming and focussing the mind to cope with life more effectively.

UCLA MARC offers a range of free mindfulness videos and mp3s in a variety of lengths and for different...
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Harmful Urges and Cravings? Try this Mindfulness Exercise


A mindfulness exercise video to help you identify, understand, and ride out urges and cravings for addictive, compulsive and harmful behaviours.

By noticing thoughts and urges without acting on them, you can learn to surf urges as they come up until you have mastery over the behaviour.

This practical 12 minute exercise (also available as an mp3) combines a breathing exercise with a body scan and mental self-assessment, with a professional counsellor guiding you through the...
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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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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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Using Meditation to Change Emotional Response


Canadian neuroscientist and science writer Ward Plunet discusses new research on meditation in his debut YouTube video, "8 Weeks of Meditation Can Change How You Process Emotions."

In this brief and clear video, Plunet shares details from the study "Effects of mindful-attention and compassion meditation training on amygdala response to emotional stimuli in an ordinary, non-meditative state," Desbordes et al., Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2012, DOI: Researchers worked with three groups, sending one to Mindful Attention Training...
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The Benefits of Mindfulness


The Practice of Mindfulness

A former Buddhist nun who is now the director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA Mindful Awareness Center reveals her own discovery and practice of mindfulness, discusses some scientific studies, and talks about mental and physical health benefits.

She defines mindfulness as paying attention to our present experience. It's interrupting our automatic pilot, which gives our lives new vitality. Children are very mindful but as we grow up we lose that sense of presence. With practice we can...
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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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