Resources for Teaching Mindfulness

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Resources for Teaching Mindfulness:

An International Handbook

by Donald McCown, Diane Reibel, Marc S. Micozzi

This master-class-in-a-book is designed to guide teachers of mindfulness-based interventions (MBI) in continuing to develop more competence while raising global standards of practice and pedagogy. Starting with the central yet elusive concept of stewardship, it then expands upon the core components of MBI pedagogy. A series of reflective essays by MBI teachers from around the world foregrounds differences and challenges in meeting participants “where they are.” Such reflections are both inspiring and thought-provoking for teachers ―wherever they are. The book also provides practical guidance and tools for adjusting teaching style and content for special populations, from chronic pain patients to trauma survivors, from health care professionals to clergy, and including many others. Detailed scripts and practices, ready to adopt and adapt, offer opportunities to explore new directions in the classroom, and to continue the life-long development of the teacher. Included in the coverage:

  • Deepening teachers’ skills of guidance of meditation practices
  • Insights into the essential practice of inquiry and dialogue with participants
  • New practices that allow participants to explore mindfulness together in a spoken encounter
  • How to keep up with, review, and make clear to participants the range of scientific evidence supporting the MBIs

The breadth of practical insights and hands-on strategies makes Resources for Teaching Mindfulness a unique developmental asset for a wide range of practitioners around the world. Among those who will benefit are physicians and other medical practitioners, health and clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, nurses, clinical social workers, physical and occupational therapists, health educators, and organizational development specialists.

Teaching Mindfulness:

A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators

by Donald McCown, Diane Reibel, Marc S. Micozzi

This is the first in-depth treatment of the person and skills of the mindfulness teacher. It is intended as a practical guide to help established teachers and those with a new or growing interest in mindfulness to develop and enhance the personal authenticity and practical know-how that make teaching mindfulness a rewarding and effective way of working with others.

Engagingly written and enriched with vignettes from classes and individual sessions, this book:
  • Places the current mindfulness-based interventions in cultural and historical context
  • Offers a relational understanding of mindfulness practice that supports momentby- moment work with groups and individuals
  • Provides guidance and materials for the reader to explore the personal practice, embodiment, and application of mindfulness
  • Proposes a pragmatic model of the intentions of teaching mindfulness as revealed in mindfulness-based interventions
  • Includes sample scripts for practices, and an extensive resource section for continued personal and career development
"This remarkable and ambitious book is a uniquely welcome contribution to the flowering of mindfulness in mainstream professional circles. To date, no other book has even attempted to synthesize the elements of the MBSR model into a coherent and explicit pedagogy as a foundation for the skillful development of new teachers, and the ongoing deepening development of experienced teachers of mindfulness."
- Jon Kabat-Zinn, from the foreword

"This book is intended by the authors to be a small offering to the tradition of teaching mindfulness. What it ends up being is a jewel in the young, turbulent waters of Western mindfulness practice and a vital and glowingly genuine contribution to the literature as a whole."
- J.C. Felver-Grant, in the journal Mindfulness

"This is the first textbook on this difficult subject and it does a marvelous job of exploring the almost mystical challenge of illuminating one’s inquiry into the vast realm of mindfulness. This excellent book should be required reading for all teachers of meditation."
- Rabbi David Cooper, author of God is a Verb

"If you are serious about teaching mindfulness, and especially Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, I heartily recommend that you invest your time and money in acquiring and studying Teaching Mindfulness. You won't be sorry!"
- Jeffrey Brantley, M.D., Director, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, Duke Integrative Medicine