Mindfulness

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.

Psychology Tools worksheets for mindfulness

Worksheets

Scales

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:

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:

Key reading

  • 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. uv.es
  • Hofmann, S. G., Sawyer, A. T., Witt, A. A., & Oh, D. (2010). The effect of mindfulness-based therapy on anxiety and depression: A meta-analytic review. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 78(2), 169. nih.gov
  • Keng, S. L., Smoski, M. J., & Robins, C. J. (2011). Effects of mindfulness on psychological health: A review of empirical studies. Clinical psychology review, 31(6), 1041-1056. nih.gov

Other materials

ST Michael's Hospital have developed a great emotional regulation program incorporatingmindfulness.

Mindful Awareness Stabilization Training

Handouts

  1. Session 1 – Mindfulness and the window of tolerance stmichaelshospital.com
  2. Session 2 – Mindfulness and the brain stmichaelshospital.com
  3. Session 3 – Mindfulness and emotions stmichaelshospital.com
  4. Session 4 – Developing an action plan for self care stmichaelshospital.com

Audio

  1. Track 1 – Mindfulness of the senses soundcloud.com
  2. Track 2 – Three minute breathing space soundcloud.com
  3. Track 3 – Mindfulness of breath soundcloud.com
  4. Track 4 – Meditation of sounds soundcloud.com
  5. Track 5 – Mindfulness of emotions soundcloud.com
  6. Track 6 – Standing meditation soundcloud.com
  7. Track 7 – Self-compassion meditation soundcloud.com