Web sites

University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness
http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/index.aspx

University of Wisconsin Program for Mindfulness
http://www.uwhealth.org/alternativemedicine/mindfulnessbasedstressreduct…

Contemplative Outreach and Centering Prayer
http://www.centeringprayer.com

Univeristy of Wisconsin Integrative Health – Patient Handout on Meditation
http://www.fammed.wisc.edu/integrative/modules/meditation

Luke’s Meditation Table – Created for the second edition of Dr. Rakel’s Integrative Medicine text, this one-page handout offers a table of some of the main contemplative traditions used worldwide, with detailed resources (including weblinks) for gathering more detailed information.

Meditation Society of America – Offers guidance on medication, with descriptions of a wide array of meditation techniques. A great site for both introductory materials and more detailed offerings.

University of Wisconsin Mindfulness Program – Affiliated with the UW Integrative Health Clinic, this program offers patients a number of opportunities for training in meditation.

University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness – The seminal program in the U.S. for mindfulness training for improving health. Founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Centering Prayer Web site – Web site based on centering prayer, a Christian approach to meditation founded by Father Thomas Keating. Check out the “Contemplative Thought for Living” section.

Tricycle – Web site for Tricycle Magazine, a popular Buddhist periodical. Can sign up for the “Daily Dharma,” a daily email quotation centering on meditation practice.

Books

  • Full Catastrophe Living, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Healing Breath: Zen for Christians and Buddhists in a Wounded World, by Ruben Havito
  • Heal Thyself: Lessons on Mindfulness and Medicine, by Saki Santorelli
  • Mindfulness in Plain English, by Henepola Gunararatana

“The rush and pressure of modern life are a form of violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.” 

-Thomas Merton