Mindfulness and Mental Health

On November 1st the Social Mindfulness group ran an event on mindfulness and mental health, culminating in a launch for Meg Barker’s new book Mindful Counselling and Psychotherapy.


The programme and abstracts for the day can be downloaded here:


The paper which Jamie Heckert’s talk was based upon is available here:

An Other State of Mind

The paper which Jyoti Nanda’s talk was based upon is available here:


The paper which Duncan Moss’s talk was based upon is available here:

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These are some useful links from Steven Stanley, relating to his talk:

Mindfulness and Mental Health – London, 1st November

Rewriting The Rules

Call for presenters/facilitators/attendees
Mindfulness and Mental Health Day – 1st November 2013, London Camden
Dr. Meg Barker will be running a free event on 1st November for practitioners and academics who are interested in mindfulness and mental health, to coincide with the publication of their new book on the subject. Please get in touch with Meg if you are interested in attending or getting involved (megbarker@gmail.com). Confirmed speakers include Steven Stanley, Duncan Moss, Rebecca Barnes, Many Bazzano, and Jyoti Nanda.

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Sustaining ourselves retreat

Colleagues might be interested in the following event taking place on 5-8 Sept 2013

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Mindful Experience

The August edition of Mindful Research Monthly on Mindful Experience is out now – round up of research on mindfulness.

Mindful research monthly

The July edition of the mindful experience newsletter is out now. It includes a round up of the latest research publications relating to mindfulness and more.

Ending the pursuit of happiness?

Stephen Stanley was recently asked to provide an introduction to a screening of the documentary ‘Happy‘ (trailer below). Here’s what he had to say…

Apparently a ‘turn to happiness’ – or perhaps a near-obsession with happiness – is happening across government, science, therapy and popular culture.

The general idea is that: the purpose of life is to be happy, we all want to be happy, and that to be happy, be need to do certain things. Furthermore, we have a right to be happy, and a moral obligation or duty to be happy, for ourselves and others. As one psychiatrist remarks, “Happy people seem to wish to force their condition on their unhappy companions and relatives” (Bentall, 1991, p. 94). If we fail to find happiness, we have failed in life.

This idea is historically recent. We have lost the connection with the Middle English word ‘happ’ which means chance, luck or fortune. The idea that happiness is what happens to us, and is beyond our control, goes against the grain of contemporary understanding.

This ‘turn to happiness’ has taken place across at least three domains.

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Tuning out, turning in – Turning out, tuning in

There’s a new post by Meg on how we relate to depression and conflict over on Rewriting the Rules. It includes a lot about compassionate mindful relating to ourselves and others.

Mindfulness and happiness

There’s a new post by Meg about mindfulness and happiness over on the  Rewriting-the-Rules blog.

Mindful research newsletter

The May edition of the mindful experience newsletter is out now. It includes a round up of the latest research publications relating to mindfulness and more.

5 steps to mindfulness

Here’s a link to a great introductory post by Thich Nhat Hanh about 5 steps towards being mindful.

1. Mindful breathing

2. Concentration

3. Awareness of the body

4. Releasing tension

5. Walking meditation