Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?

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Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?

Post by retrofuturist » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:12 am

Greetings,

I'm a bit skeptical about the value of "secular mindfulness", but someone I know has expressed an interest in "being more mindful" and wanted to know if I had any recommendations for them.

I can't envisage this person approaching that challenge via the Noble Eightfold Path, which starts with Right View, as they don't have adequate interest in Buddhism in order to read, study, listen to and learn about the Dhamma. Nor do they have the time to go off and do a 10-day retreat, or anything of that variety.

Nonetheless, their intent to "be more mindful" is honorable, and certainly preferable to settling for heedlessness, so I would like to be supportive of their intention.

To that end, does anyone know of any resources (e.g. videos, guided meditations, brief written instructions, websites, apps) that might be of interest to someone who simply wants to "be more mindful" and less reactive?

Thanks in advance.

Metta,
Paul. :)
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Re: Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?

Post by Polar Bear » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:28 am

Here’s a link to a free online MBSR- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course. It has explanatory videos, articles, guided meditations, and worksheets. Typically you would do this over 8 weeks but it’s self guided.

https://palousemindfulness.com/
This online MBSR training course is 100% free, created by a fully certified MBSR instructor, and is based on the program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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I'm so glad you found this website! Here you will find a complete eight-week MBSR course, designed for people who are not able to take a live MBSR course for financial or logistical reasons. All of the materials used in the live course I teach, including guided meditations, articles and videos, are freely available here. - Dave Potter
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Re: Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?

Post by SarathW » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:12 am

I am not sure whether the following course is available for every person.
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Learning to be an MBCT instructor
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https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/mst-i ... ve-therapy
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Re: Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?

Post by Bundokji » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:47 am

There are many online resources on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which can be useful.

Studying materials on critical thinking, informal logic, meaning analysis and cognitive biases can improve thinking and make one more mindful.

https://philosophy.hku.hk/think/
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Re: Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?

Post by SarathW » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:15 am

Ajahan Braham on secular mindfulness.

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Re: Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?

Post by budo » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:41 am

retrofuturist wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:12 am
Greetings,
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To that end, does anyone know of any resources (e.g. videos, guided meditations, brief written instructions, websites, apps) that might be of interest to someone who simply wants to "be more mindful" and less reactive?

Thanks in advance.

Metta,
Paul. :)
I am also very skeptical of secular Buddhism, but if anyone is close I would say John Haspel's www.becoming-buddha.com

I also think it serves as a good bridge into non secular theravada.

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Re: Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?

Post by Dinsdale » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:21 am

I've had some experience of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and would recommend it. It's based on the Satipatthana Sutta.
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Re: Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?

Post by salayatananirodha » Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:47 am

I recommend https://www.ancient-buddhist-texts.net/ ... ipatthana/
Because you don't have to be interested in Buddhism in order to learn from a sutta
16. 'In what has the world originated?' — so said the Yakkha Hemavata, — 'with what is the world intimate? by what is the world afflicted, after having grasped at what?' (167)

17. 'In six the world has originated, O Hemavata,' — so said Bhagavat, — 'with six it is intimate, by six the world is afflicted, after having grasped at six.' (168)

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http://seeingthroughthenet.net/wp-conte ... _Heart.pdf
https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html

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Re: Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?

Post by Aloka » Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:14 am

Online Mindfulness course (£30)

The Be Mindful course is run by Wellmind Media, a producer of digital courses for improved mental health.
The course is recognised by clinical authorities as delivering the elements of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in an effective digital format. It's listed on the NHS Apps Library, having been assessed and satisfying rigorous NHS quality standards for clinical effectiveness, safety, usability and accessibility. Our healthcare partners facilitate the course with the confidence that it's evidence-based with deliverable outcomes and NHS approved.

The effectiveness of the course is the subject of highly significant research studies published in medical and scientific journals. In the latest published research study, in the journal 'Mindfulness' by Surrey University the reported average outcomes for completers of the course show reductions of 58% in anxiety, 63% in depression and 40% in stress. This latest study's focus was on the workplace. Our workplace partners support the wellbeing of their employees easily and effectively with the Be Mindful course.


The Course

The Be Mindful course was created so that anyone, anywhere, can easily and effectively learn to practise mindfulness in daily life and enjoy the many benefits, including reduced stress, depression and anxiety.
No matter where you are, or whatever your lifestyle - you have access to the most highly acclaimed and recognised online mindfulness training courses available anywhere.

With a structure that's easy to follow and at a pace that suits you, you'll be guided through the elements of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

It will take some work and commitment, but in as little as 4 weeks you'll be practising mindfulness in your daily life and opening up all the opportunities that the practice of mindfulness brings.

https://www.bemindfulonline.com/the-course/

Note "NHS" = the UK National Health Service


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