The past decade has seen a remarkable groundswell of interest and scholarship on mindfulness. In research labs, clinics, and school settings across the nation, mindfulness-based practices such as guided meditation, breathing techniques, and yoga postures are under active investigation as promising approaches to easing psychological distress and increasing memory, attention, and learning.
On September 29, 2014, Johns Hopkins University Schools of Education, Medicine, and Public Health will host an interdisciplinary research symposium on Mindfulness and Learning to showcase and synthesize cutting-edge scientific research and practice.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
Kabat-Zinn is a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher. In 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn recruited chronically ill patients not responding well to traditional treatments to participate in his newly formed eight-week stress-reduction program, which we now call MBSR. Since then, substantial research has mounted demonstrating how mindfulness-based interventions improve mental and physical health—comparably so to other psychological interventions.
Learn more about Kabat-Zinn’s work in this Mindful magazine freemium.
Tim Ryan (D-Ohio)
Congressman Ryan is a relentless advocate for working families in Ohio’s 13th District. In 2012, Ryan wrote A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit.
Below, Ryan talks to Mindful about what he thinks is mindfulness’ most important initiative right now: helping veterans.
Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D
Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Brain Imaging Lab, Founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.