The greatest gift you can give to your child is your self. This means that part your work as a parent is to keep growing in self-knowledge and in awareness. We have to be grounded in the present moment to share what is deepest and best in ourselves.
Here we’ve collected together some great resources to share with you about mindfulness, as well as anything else we think is relevant. We will be updating this section continually, and we invite everyone to suggest resources that you feel would be useful to others interested in mindfulness, psychology or other related matters.
Staying Mentally Healthy – a short film animation
A short fun video animation made by a 12 year old boy about staying mentally healthy.
Sesame Street: Common and Colbie Caillat – “Belly Breathe” with Elmo
A great resource to help young children understand the importance of their breath for emotional regulation
Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hansen, Phd.
Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence shows you how to tap the hidden power of everyday experiences to change your brain and your life for the better. This fascinating book can be ordered (or downloaded) from Rick Hansen’s website here: http://www.rickhanson.net/books/hardwiring-happiness/
Dr Siegel explaining the brain and its plasticity:
You can learn more about Dr Siegel (and also pre-order his book) here: http://drdansiegel.com/
If you would like to know more about the Mindsight Institute: http://www.mindsightinstitute.org/
An interview with Dr Siegel (podcast): Mindfulness for Youth with Dr Dan Siegel, 15 June 2011
A number of audio meditations, written and recorded by Jozay Longden
What is Mindfulness?
Jon Kabat-Zinn discusses what mindfulness and meditation are really about: presence of heart. This was part of a talk put on by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.
Mindfulness and Compassion
Jon Kabat-Zinn tells us why being mindful can help us unlock our compassionate side. This was part of a talk put on by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.
This webite contains many free resources to use with ‘The Happiness Trap’.
This website is the Mindfulness in Schools Project which is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to encourage, support and research the teaching of secular mindfulness in schools.
This website is a social network created in 2007 as part of Allegra Greenland’s high school community service project. It is dedicated to nurturing the inner lives of kids and those who love them.
- Biegal, Gina (2009). The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens, Oakland: New Harbinger.
- Brahm, Ajahn (2008). Opening the Door of Your Heart,Sydney: Hachette Australia.
- Burch, Vidyamala (2010). Living Well with Pain and Illness, Boulder Colorado: Sounds True.
- Etty-Leal, Janet (2010). Meditation Capsules,Kew East: Meditation Capsules.
- Farhi, Donna (1996). The Breathing Book, New York: St Martin’s Press.
- Germer, Christopher (2009). The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion,New York: The Guilford Press.
- Greco, L.A. & Hayes, S.C. (2008). Acceptance & Mindfulness Treatments for Children & Adolescents. A Practitioner’s Guide. Oakland: New Harbinger.
- Harris, Russ (2008). The Happiness Trap. How to Stop Struggling and Start Living. A guide to ACT: the mindfulness-based program for reducing stress, overcoming fear, and creating a rich and meaningful life. Boston: Trumpeter.
- Kabat-Zinn, Jon (1990). Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness.New York : Dell Publishing.
- Kaiser Greenland, Susan (2010).The Mindful Child. How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate. New York: Schuster & Schuster.
- Salzberg, Sharon (2011). Real Happiness, New York: Workman Publishing.
- Smalley, S. & Winston, D. (2010). Fully Present, Massachusetts: Da Capo Press.
- Willard, Christopher (2010). Child’s Mind,Berkeley: Parallax Press.
- Williams, Mark et al (2007). The Mindful Way Through Depression,New York: The Guilford Press.