What are the Hidden Downsides of Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness and other types of meditation are usually seen as simple stress-relievers – but they can sometimes leave people worse off.” (Wilson, 2020, p.15).

Read this interesting article by Claire Wilson in the New Scientist about the dowsides of mindfulness.

Reference

Wilson, C. (2020) The Hidden Downsides of Mindfulness. New Scientist. 22 August 2020, pp.15

Book: Minding Closely – The Four Applications of Mindfulness

Book Title:

Minding Closely – The Four Applications of Mindfulness.

Author(s): B. Alan Wallace.

Year: 2012.

Edition: First (1st), Illustrated Edition.

Publisher: Snow Lion Publications.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Bringing his experience as a monk, scientist, and contemplative, Alan Wallace offers a rich synthesis of Eastern and Western traditions along with a comprehensive range of meditation practices interwoven throughout the text.

The guided meditations are systematically presented, beginning with very basic instructions, which are then gradually built upon as one gains increasing familiarity with the practice.

Book: Mindfulness Meditation in Psychotherapy

Book Title:

Mindfulness Meditation In Psychotherapy – An Integrated Model For Clinicians.

Author(s): Steven A. Alper, MSW LCSW.

Year: 2016.

Edition: First (1st), Illustrated Edition.

Publisher: Context Press.

Type(s): Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Embodying mindfulness allows both therapists and clients to make the most of treatment sessions. More than just a guide to techniques and benefits, this book provides a comprehensive understanding of mindfulness meditation, and shows how to effectively incorporate mindfulness into every aspect of the therapeutic process.

Mindfulness is not simply a therapeutic tool that can be used at a specific time. If you are a psychotherapist interested in implementing mindfulness practices into your therapy sessions, you must first embody a mindful presence yourself. In Mindfulness Meditation in Psychotherapy, psychotherapist Steven Alper presents the mindfulness pyramid model, an easy-to-use reference approach for integrating mindfulness into the very fabric of your therapy sessions – in every action you take.

A therapist’s mindfulness practice and the mindful activity during sessions forms the foundation of clients’ mindfulness practice. This practical guide will help demystify mindfulness meditation; elaborate on the psychotherapeutic benefits of practices such as body scan, breath awareness, sitting meditation, and lovingkindness; and offer helpful strategies for teaching formal and informal mindfulness skills to clients. This book conceptualises and explores the applicability of mindfulness and delves into the many ways in which mindfulness can manifest in psychotherapy.

This is a must-have resource for any therapist interested in honing their own mindfulness practice and incorporating mindfulness in treatment sessions.

Book: 9 Secrets Of Successful Meditation – The Ultimate Key To Mindfulness Inner Calm And Joy

Book Title:

9 Secrets Of Successful Meditation – The Ultimate Key To Mindfulness Inner Calm And Joy.

Author(s): Samprasad Vinod.

Year: 2015.

Edition: First (1ed).

Publisher: Watkins Publishing.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Only those who enjoy meditation will do it regularly and experience its many life-enhancing benefits, from an increased sense of inner calm to a feeling of deep joy in everyday life.

In this book, experienced yoga and meditation teacher Dr Samprasad Vinod uses his “9 secrets” approach to guide both newcomers and existing meditation practitioners alike in how to really embrace and get the most from a steady practice.

Coming from a rich spiritual heritage (Dr Vinod’s father was a respected spiritual master who travelled internationally as a World Peace Ambassador), Dr Vinod has created in this book a work that blends traditional Indian wisdom with his modern scientific knowledge as a Doctor.

This title is an important contribution to the field of meditation that removes many distortions and misconceptions about the realities of the practice. It helps readers to understand problems that they may encounter along the way and offers reassuring solutions for them to try. A wonderful blend of spiritual and practical wisdom.

Meditation & Mindfulness

“Explain your work in one easy paragraph.

I am a Buddhist monk who teaches meditation and mindfulness. I’m interested in the application of Buddhist philosophy to the problems of modern life. Meditation is training for the mind, helping us become less controlled by stressful thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness brings the benefits of meditation into daily life. I am also interested in the interface between Buddhism and science, and I frequently collaborate with neuroscientists and medics.

How did you become a monk?

I had an extreme burnout 26 years ago due to high levels of stress, and I went to a Buddhist monastery to find answers. I loved it so much, I decided to remain a monk.

Did you have to overcome any particular challenges to get where you are today?

I used to have bouts of depression and anxiety, so my journey has involved quite a few rocky patches. I do, however, feel that these struggles have helped me to grow and discover valuable knowledge that I can share with others.” (Thubten, 2019, p.56).

Reference

Thubten, G. (2019) The Back Pages: The Q&A. New Scientist. 05 October 2019.