Mindfulness — the practice of focusing your attention on the present — may seem like a simple concept, but it isn't always easy to grasp, at least at first. Many people start by taking a class, but you can also learn on your own with the help of books, tapes, and information found on the Web. Here are some suggestions for where to look.
Center for Mindfulness in
Medicine, Health Care and Society
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
Provides information on mindfulness and offers mindfulness based stress reduction programs. Founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., author of numerous scientific papers on the clinical applications of mindfulness; instructor in mindfulness and MBSR; and author of several books for lay audiences, including Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress and Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. Kabat-Zinn's mindfulness meditation books, CDs, and tapes may be ordered here.