“If you peel back the layers of your life — the frenzy, the noise— stillness is waiting. That stillness is you.” –Oprah Winfrey from Words That Matter
In today’s high paced world, anxiety and stress have become overwhelmingly prevalent in people’s lives. Thankfully there are current research-based strategies to cope with these factors and help to internalize everyday positive experiences in order to develop lasting inner strength.
Originating from Zen Buddhism, mindfulness meditation and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) have been scientifically proven to build new neural structures in the brain and change them from a state of negativity to that of calm, happiness, and well-being.
Just a few minutes per day can make a measurable difference in your life. Give some of these titles a try; it could change your life:
Peace is Every Breath by Thich Nhat Hanh
Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson
Fully Present by Susan L. Smalley
Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Some techniques to help children manage stress and live more peaceful lives:
10 Mindful Minutes by Goldie Hawn
Mindful Parenting by Kristen Race
Key authors in Buddhist meditation and the practice of mindfulness: