This is a sampling of the explosion of research on mindfulness across various topics.

Mindfulness and the Workplace

The regular practice of mindfulness aids work performance in these ways:

News Articles on Mindfulness and the Brain

“The Mind Business:  Why some of the west’s biggest companies are embracing eastern spirituality” (in the Financial Times, August 26, 2012 about mindfulness training at General Mills)

“Okay Google, Take a Deep Breath” (in the New York Times, April 28, 2012 about the very popular mindfulness course at Google)

Research on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)


New York Academy of Sciences Panel Discussion on the Science of Mindfulness:

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These are resources on calming and pausing and on the practice of mindfulness in daily life:


The books listed here are considered classics on the topic of mindfulness:

  • Chodron, Pema. The Places That Scare You. Boston: Shambhala, 2002.
  • Chodron, Pema. The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving Kindness. Boston: Shambhala, 1991.
  • Chodron, Pema.  When Things Fall Apart. Shambala, 1997
  • Chodron, Pema Start Where You Are. Shambala, 1994
  • Goldstein, Joseph. Insight Meditation. Boston: Shambhala, 1994.
  • Goldstein, Joseph and Kornfield, Jack. Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight
  • Goleman, Daniel. Focus, The Hidden Driver of Excellence. New York:  HarperCollins, 2013
  • HH Dalai Lama and Cutler, H. The Art of Happiness.  Coronet , 1998
  • Hanson, Rick. Buddha’s Brain, Oakland, CA, New Harbinger, 2009
  • Hanson, Rick. Hardwiring Happiness, New York:  Random House, 2013
  • Kabat—Zinn, Jon. Full Catastrophe Living. New York: Dela Corte Press, 1990.
  • Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Wherever You Go There You Are. New York: Hyperion, 1994.
  • Kabat—Zinn, Jon. Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through
  • Kabat-Zinn, Jon.  Mindfulness for Beginners.  Boulder, CO:  Sounds True, 2012
  • Kornfield, Jack. A Path With Heart. New York: Bantam, 1994.
  • Kornfield, Jack. After the Ecstasy the Laundry. New York: Bantam Books, 2000.
  • Kornfjeld, Jack. The Art of Forgiveness, Loving Kindness and Peace. New York: Bantam, 2002.
  • Salzberg, Sharon. Loving Kindness.  Shambala Classics, 2002
  • Salzbeg, Sharon. Real Happiness at Work, New York:  Workman Publishing, 2014
  • Santorelli, Saki. Heal Thy Self. New York: Bell Tower, 1999.
  • Siegel, Daniel. Mindsight, New York: Bantum, 2011.
  • Tan, Chade-Meng. Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) HarperOne, 2012
  • Thich Nhat Hanh. The Miracle of Mindfulness. Boston: Beacon, 1976.
  • Thich Nhat Hanh. Peace is Every Step. New York: Bantam, 1991.
  • Thich Nhat Hanh. The Blooming of a Lotus. Guided Meditation Exercises for Healing and Transformation. Boston: Beacon Press, 1993.

Please refer to the online appendices in The Mindful School Leader:  Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School for a comprehensive list of resources.

Named one of the best courageous books of 2014 by the Center for Courage & Renewal, this book is for educational leaders who feel overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted, and offers explicit practices to help readers avoid burnout and become the mindful, poised, effective leaders they were meant to be. Loaded with real-time encouragement with portraits of educational leaders who are incorporating mindfulness practices, like attentive breathing, mindful walking about the school building, or calming pauses in the office throughout the school day, this book is a must-have guide.

Valerie Brown and Kirsten Olson. Corwin, December 2014. 344 pages.

The Road that Teaches: Lessons in Transformation through Travel.

Not your average travel guidebook, this book explores some of the world’s great pilgrimages, destinations, and the author’s reflections on the lessons she learned from them. Read this book to discover how travel can be transformational, how to be more mindful while traveling and every day, the adventures of traveling alone, the delights of encountering new people and places, ancient pilgrimage journeys and sacred travel worldwide.

Valerie Brown. QuakerBridge Media, 2012, 152 pages. Also available from QuakerBooks.

Heartfulness: Renewing Heart, Mind, and Spirit on Retreat and Beyond Valerie

Valerie Brown guides readers toward renewal of mind, heart, and spirit by encouraging them to take time away from the busyness of their lives through retreat. Drawing on her experience as a retreatant and retreat leader, she introduces readers to opportunities for personal restoration within a variety of focused retreats. She wonders how Friends experience of expectant waiting influences the retreat process and how retreats influence expectant waiting. She encourages the “big questions”—What has meaning and purpose in my life? What am I avoiding? What brings me most alive?—and offers specific practices for retreatants to cultivate in everyday life.

Valerie Brown. Pendle Hill Pamphlet #421.

Quakers are advised to begin worship by “centering down.” This is the first step in a Friend’s intention to wait in “holy expectancy,” to be drawn by the Light into communion with God. Centering prayer is also a practice used by Christian mystics to prepare for contemplation, and “centering” describes the meditation of a Buddhist in pursuit of that deep awareness called “mindfulness.” Valerie Brown is an explorer and teacher of centering practices, a Buddhist, and an active Friend. Drawing upon her own experiences and wide studies, she describes for Friends how these various traditions can offer us a better understanding and preparedness for our precious, elusive, mysterious, and simple practice of centering into worship. Discussion questions included.

Valerie Brown, Pendle Hill Pamphlet #407. 2014.