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The Mindfulness Connection

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?

Jon Kabat-Zinn is considered to be the father of modern mindfulness in the Western world. He defines it as “paying attention in the present moment without judgment.” In the 1970’s Kabat-Zinn and others at the University of Massachusetts Medical School developed a process for managing stress which came to be known as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Participants learn the basics of meditation to monitor and manage their stress. From this project, many other research projects arose, documenting the benefits of mindfulness practice in many settings from healthcare to education.

HOW CAN MINDFULNESS BE USEFUL IN BUILDING RESILIENCE?

Mindfulness practice has been shown to build focus in academic settings. Focus is also a key component of resilience in Flanagan’s model (CFRA) which can make it a powerful tool in the toolbox of academic success.

In addition to building focus, mindfulness practice can help you monitor and manage your thinking and emotions, enabling you to be proactive rather than reactive when stressful times hit home.

Most importantly, mindfulness practice can help create a peaceful and productive internal environment in which reflection about your life and experiences can take place, allowing insight to bubble up in your consciousness.

See the research by Dr. Amisha Jha at The University of Miami on resilience and focus – http://www.amishi.com/lab/publications/

Jha, A. P., Witkin, J. E., Morrison, A. B., Rostrup, N., & Stanley, E. (2017). Short-Form Mindfulness Training Protects Against Working Memory Degradation over High-Demand Intervals. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 1(2), 154-171. doi:10.1007/s41465-017-0035-2.
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Jha, A. P., Morrison, A. B., Parker, S. C., & Stanley, E. A. (2016). Practice is protective: Mindfulness training promotes cognitive resilience in high-stress cohorts. Mindfulness, 7(1), 1-13. doi: 10.1007/s12671-015-0465-9.
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Morrison, A. B., Goolsarran, M., Rogers, S. L., & Jha, A. P. (2014). Taming a wandering attention: Short-form mindfulness training in student cohorts. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7(897), 1-12. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00897.
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HOW CAN I PRACTICE MINDFULNESS?

FREE RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE AND PRACTICE

From http://sites.psu.edu/selfcare/references-and-resources/

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