Category Archives: Research Blog

Meditation, Mindfulness and the Judging Mind

Places are still available at the Contemplative Summer Institute on Meditation, Mindfulness and the Judging Mind As main organiser I thought it would be good to let you know that it is still possible to participate in this exciting event. If you are interested in the role of judging (and non-judging) within the context of meditation, mindfulness, perception and psychotherapy you should not miss this event. Take part in exchange and discussion with leading… Read More »

From state to trait mindfulness

A recently published study suggests that increasing the ability to be mindful in daily life through mindfulness practice depends on how mindful participants experience to be during their practice. A neat study carried out at the University of North Carolina investigated a hypothesis that is part and parcel of mindfulness-based interventions: When people engage in a mindfulness-based training programme it is assumed that their immediate experience of being mindful – so-called… Read More »

Contemplative Summer Institute – 2015

Meditation, mindfulness and the judging mind Hello all! I am very happy to share some exciting news. We just completed the first, and most important stage of planning for a very promising event: our first Contemplative Summer Institute – or CSI. Serving on the Board of Directors of the new International Association Consciousness – Mindfulness – Compassion, I am in charge of developing the educational programme. This first CSI was planned with the idea… Read More »

2015 – Mindfulness and Compassion

I take the opportunity to wish all readers of this meditation research blog a successful and free year 2015. Reminded by the recent events in France I also want to share my wish that we may never forget the importance of the freedom of speech, the foundational value of any free culture. May we also never forget the precious good of freedom and democracy, which is not a given and needs to… Read More »

Meditation and Mindfulness Research Meetings: Four dates for your calendar

Do you want to engage with current research into meditation and mindfulness? If yes, here are a few opportunities that might work for you. Reflecting the growing number of researchers engaged in meditation and mindfulness research, the increasingly diverse settings meditation-based approaches are applied in and the expanding range of scientific questions that are being addressed, more and more meetings are set up for staying informed, exchanging and learning more.… Read More »

Contextualising Mindfulness Conference

With mindfulness and other forms of meditation entering the mainstream questions regarding its transformation from a spiritual practice, embedded within a complete system, to a secular “collection of tools” are being raised. The Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society (BPS) set out to address this question at their next section conference, hosted by the University of Northampton. From 10 – 12 October 2014 the conference entitled “Contextualising Mindfulness:… Read More »

Mindfulness in Schools – Programmes show promise

Figure 6: Bubble plot of the 19 controlled effects sizes against Intensity of mindfulness training and regression line. R2 (adjusted) = 0.52. [Zenner et al 2014] Studies show promise for improving cognitive performance, stress, coping, and resilience. With the ever-increasing interest in mindfulness-based programmes and the growing recognition that a more mindful approach to life may yield benefits in many life domains – if not in all of them – it… Read More »

Free Access to Mindfulness Articles

If you are interested in reading a range of research articles on mindfulness, this may be for you: The publisher Routledge (member of the Taylor & Francis Group) makes 70 articles on mindfulness available online – and this offer will be there until the end of 2014. You can access these articles at: www.explore.tandfonline.com/page/beh/mindfulness-article-collection   Enjoy the browsing and reading

A great meditation master cremated today

Today, on the 31 July 2014, one of the greatest meditation masters of our days, Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche, was cremated in Nepal; 49 days after he died in Germany. Contemplating his death, I read the following passage composed by Shamar Rinpoche. In simple words he conveys some of the key points of meditation for us, who are just starting with it: A primary benefit experienced by the practitioner of meditation… Read More »

First Mind & Life European Summer Research Institute

European Summer Research Institute The application process for the first Mind and Life European Summer Research Institute has recently opened. After the success of ten Mind and Life Summer Research Institutes in the US Mind & Life Europe now convenes the first European Summer Research Institute to take place from 23rd – 29th August 2014 in the South of Germany.  For more information visit esri.mindandlife-europe.org Note that the application deadline is… Read More »