Useful links and information Useful links and information

Here you will find resources in support of the Introduction to Mindfulness course.

Mindfulness Research:

Campbell, Hawkins and Cobley's conference poster showing how they reduced the session duration of the classic 8-session Mindfulness course and still achieved noticeable results.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Research at the Centre where it all started in 1979
Accessible, detailed research results by Breathworks into the effects of their mindfulness-based pain management programme.  This is mainly about the idea of keeping with the primary experience of chronic pain and accepting it as it is.
Breathworks ‘Living Well’ programmes, Mindfulness Based Approaches to Pain and Illness, Executive Summary 2010
Extensive list of research into Mindfulness grouped into categories (Mindfulness at Work, Clinical Applications of Mindfulness, General Research into Mindfulness, Mindfulness in Education, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Relief, Neuroscience of Mindfulness.
Uses of Mindfulness in Business, Education, Court Rooms, Prisons and Hospitals.

The Negativity Bias:

2013 TED Talk by Rick Hanson on Hardwiring Happiness
Article at Huffington Post by Rick Hanson about the negativity bias – contains a helpful explanation using the idea of carrots and sticks.
Article at Aeon Magazine by Jacob Burak about our being hardwired for negativity.
Article at Daring to Live Fully by Marelisa Fabrega in which she suggests useful strategies for overcoming the negativity bias.
Wikipedia entry on negativity bias

Other useful links:

Emma Sappala explains new thinking about self-compassion and how it might be a better alternative to pushing ourselves and being self-critical.
FutureLearn MOOC - Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance
FutureLearn regularly run a free "Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance" 6-week course which you may like to register for.  Follow the link above, click on the magnifying glass symbol and search for "Mindfulness".
The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment  - Article
The Art of Now: Six Steps to Living in the Moment by Jay Dixit, published on November 1, 2008 - last reviewed on June 9, 2016
We live in the age of distraction. Yet one of life's sharpest paradoxes is that your brightest future hinges on your ability to pay attention to the present. 
Breath works Mindfulness training courses - these are offered locally.
A great Mindfulness resource to browse through.  Lots of good material and information.
2013 Chicago Ideas Week talk by Rick Hanson on Taking in the Good
Good basic explanation of Mindfulness at Wildmind Buddhist Meditation page
Walking a Labyrinth
A labyrinth offers the perfect opportunity for being mindful.  A labyrinth, unlike a maze, has a single twisting path that leads to the centre, there are no choices to be made.  So your focus is just on keeping to the path.  If your mind wanders just gently and kindly return your attention to the path.  You can walk labyrinths in Norwich at the Anglican Cathedtral, in the Bishops Garden and in Wensum Park
For those interested in the Tetrad aid to mindfulness (the pyramidal device with the built in 'spirit levels' that you have to balance together), click on the above link for further information.


  • Alidina, Shamash (2010) Mindfulness for Dummies, Wiley *
  • Burch, Vidyamala and Danny Penman (2013) Mindfulness for Health: A practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing, Piatkus *
  • Carlson, Richard and Joseph Bailey (1997) Slowing Down to the Speed of Life, Hodder & Stoughton
  • Chaskalson, Michael (2014) Mindfulness in Eight Weeks, Harper Thorsons *
    Can download tracks for free at
  • Farrarons, Emma (2015) The Mindfulness Colouring Book, Boxtree
  • Hanson, Rick (2009) Hardwiring Happiness: The Practical Science of Reshaping Your Brain - and Your Life, Rider
  • Hennessey, Gary (2016) The Little Mindfulness Workbook, Crimson *
  • Kabat-Zinn, Jon (1994) Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life, Piatkus
  • Penman, Danny (2015) Mindfulness for Creativity: Adapt, create & thrive in a frantic world, Piatkus *
  • Smith, Michael Acton (2015) CALM, Penguin, UK *
  • Williams, Mark and Danny Penman (2011) Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world, Piatkus *
    You can download some tracks for free at
* Includes free CD or link to downloadable meditation tracks