Category: Research

Searching for Happiness

Searching for Happiness It is probably fair to say that most people want to be happy. Indeed, the 1776 US Declaration of Independence refers to happiness as an ‘unalienable right’. However, given the rising prevalence of mental illness, and given the amount of general…

The Absorbing Mind

The Absorbing Mind “Meditation has helped to open my eyes, to open my ears, and to open my heart. When I find myself listening to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, or to Johann Christian Bach’s Symphony for Double Orchestra, now I can really feel…

Tips for using Mindfulness in Psychotherapy Contexts

Tips for using Mindfulness in Psychotherapy Contexts Recently, we were joined by our friend and academic colleague Professor Mark Griffiths in writing a paper on ‘Meditation as Medication: Are Attitudes Changing?’ (the paper is currently in press with the British Journal of General Practice).1…

Exactly what is the Present Moment?

Exactly what is the Present Moment? The practice of mindfulness is fundamentally concerned with becoming more aware of the present moment. Mindfulness techniques such as observing the breath, walking meditation, working meditation, eating meditation, scanning the body, mindful writing, deep listening, mindfully cradling our…

The Biopsychosocialspiritual Model of Mental Illness

The Biopsychosocialspiritual Model of Mental Illness A frequently aired criticism of psychiatry is that it places too much emphasis on the role of biological factors as determinants of mental illness. Many people believe that an exclusively biological model of mental illness is a reductionist…

Meditation Research: The Top Ten

Meditation Research: The Top Ten Based upon an extensive and comprehensive review of the literature, and based upon findings from our own research, the following is what we consider to be some key findings and/or emerging insights from the scientific study of meditation. 1.When…

The Life Gamble

The Life Gamble Along with Professor Mark Griffiths who is one of the world’s leading experts in the study of behavioural addictions, we recently published an article in the Journal of Behavioural Addictions entitled ‘Buddhist Philosophy for the Treatment of Problem Gambling’. In our…

Teaching Mindfulness to Children

Teaching Mindfulness to Children Clicca qui per Italiano Along with a friend and colleague of ours – Professor Mark Griffiths – we recently published an article in the journal of Education and Health about the health benefits of mindfulness for children and adolescents. In…

Carry your Meditation Cushion with You

Carry your Meditation Cushion with You When you blow out your candles and stand up from your meditation cushion – that’s when your meditation practice starts. As meditators, we should try not to create a separation between formal meditation sessions and everyday living. In…

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