Previous Topics and Writings on Mindfulness
by Joshua David O'Brien, O.M.
On the Science of Mindfulness Meditation
“Neuroplasticity: Training the mind to change the brain”
“Name that Emotion: How mentally labeling our emotions can decrease the response of the amygdala and the severity of our emotional reactivity”
“Physical and Psychological Posture: How they are interrelated and why good psychological posture is good for your health”
On Stress Reduction
“Stress Reduction: The Fight-or-Flight Response of the sympathetic nervous system versus the Relaxation Response of the parasympathetic nervous system”
“Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Reduction: The physical, mental, and emotional components of stress”
“Working with Stress, Pain, and Illness through mindful acceptance, awareness, and meditation”
“Embodying Stillness: Finding peace of mind in the midst of stressful circumstances”
“Are You Breathing?: Why practicing breath awareness is profoundly good for our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing”
On the Psychology of Mindfulness Meditation
Mindful Parenting: From “Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting” by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn.
“Mindfulness of Eating: Nurturing our bodies, cultivating gratitude, and bringing awareness to our unconscious attitudes towards food”
“Mindfulness of Relationships: How to foster a deeper connection with ourselves, others, and life through visceral experiences and the heart”
“Distinguishing Moods and Emotions: Differentiating our relationship to them in formal mindfulness meditation practice versus daily mindfulness exercises”
“A Mindful Boost of Self-Esteem: How regular practice helps us to identify less with critical and judgmental self-talk”
“Letting Go: Beyond Forgiveness”
"Lack of Self-Esteem and Confidence: Why you need to gain your ego's trust"
“The Power to be Vulnerable: Developing mindfulness of counterproductive social and interpersonal fears”
“A Train of Thought: Mindful awareness of thinking as distinguished from thinking about thinking”
“Mind Your Thoughts and Beliefs: A discussion of the placebo and nocebo effects”
“The Impermanence of all Things: Learning to simply observe thoughts and emotions through formal mindfulness meditation practice”
"Uncovering Your Highest Human Potential Through Mindfulness"
"Be Here Now: Beyond fight, flight, or freeze"
Traditional Mindfulness Meditation Topics
“Helpful Tips for Developing a Daily Mindfulness Meditation Practice”
“The Five-Hindrances: How to work with the five universal mental factors that prevent the arising of mindfulness”
“Metta, or ‘Loving-Kindness’ Meditation: The development of loving-kindness for ourselves and all living things by retraining the mind with Metta practice”
"Being Mindful vs. Acting Mindful: Don't try too hard"
On the Spirituality of Mindfulness Meditation
“Flow States and the Art of Living: How formal mindfulness meditation practice can help us to get out of our own way”
“Finding Your Own Answers: Cultivating insight and “Aha!” moments through mindfulness meditation and contemplative practices”
“Mindfulness Meditation and Spiritual Growth”
“Turning Daily Ritual into Spiritual Practice"
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