What does well-being mean to you? Happiness? Health? Success? Mindfulness is positioned to become a wide-reaching tool for people seeking well-being, in all its forms. But it’s no miracle cure, no panacea. Reaping the benefits of mindfulness takes consistent practice—mediating, observing how your thoughts and emotions affect you, cultivating your inner resources. If you’re willing to put in the time, research shows that mindfulness practice can help you become more focused, less stressed, and maybe even a little happier.
For Part 3 of our Publisher’s Roundtable Series on Mindfulness in 2016, our publisher James Gimian sat down with the mindfulness experts and leaders who are shaping the national conversation about mindfulness for wellness and well-being.
Mylène Huynh, MD, MPH
Medical doctor at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the Pain Clinic.
“Patients who start spending more time being aware of their breath, start to shift in how they think and there’s a shift in their healing process. “
Elisha Goldstein, PhD
Mindfulness author, therapist, teacher, cofounder of the Center for Mindful Living in LA and one of the most popular bloggers on Mindful.org. Also author of Uncovering Happiness and The Now Effect.
“One of the fundamental attitudes that people miss when they are starting to learn about mindfulness is the importance of play.”
Co-anchor of Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America, author of the book 10% Happier.
“Meditation and mindfulness are not weird and not just for people who wear robes and are really into collecting crystals.”
Dan Siegel, MD
Founder of the Mindsight Institute, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center, bestselling author The Whole Brain Child, MindSight, Brainstorm, and more.
“What is the mind? And what is a healthy mind?”
Judson Brewer, MD
Director of research at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School
“We hope to provide a mental mirror so that people can see what it’s like when they get caught up in an experience versus when they let go and are just resting in an effortless awareness.”
Founder and CEO of eMindful
“Mindfulness practice has the potential to change the course of humanity.”
Founder and CEO of Whil, a digital training company offering mindfulness and leadership training.
“Our mission is to help people live healthier, happier, more engaged lives.”
Mindfulness teacher, psychologist, and author of Radical Acceptance.
“Mindfulness evolves our consciousness and therefore is probably the single major influencer of social change.”