Mindful Awareness

Mindfulness has been defined by leading researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn as "paying attention in a particular way: on purpose in the present moment, and non-judgmentally" and is purposefully developed in a number of ancient contemplative traditions as well as modern programs such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

As the proposed benefits of developing mindfulness include reduced stress, less impulsiveness and improved attention focus, developing programs to increase mindfulness have been of considerable interest to the fields of health and education.

Currently, we are working with the Flourish Foundation in Sun Valley, Idaho to assess the effects of student participation in Mindful Awareness programs.

Here's a link to Ryan Redman of the Flourish Foundation talking about this program.

http://vimeo.com/52116012

We are also working with the Flourish Foundation to study the impact on high school students participating in The Compassionate Young Leaders program which combines mindful practice and community service.

Finally, we are studying the effects of mindful meditation programs on stress, compassion and attention in College of Idaho students. In our initial work, we found that dispositional levels of mindfulness were predicitve of less stress and that a 6 week course of mindfulness meditation increased levels of mindfulness and decreased stress compared to a control group.

In Spring 2013, we will be conducting a larger study of the effects of mindful practice in collaboration with Dana Marsh of The Heart of the Dharma and Ryan Redman of the Flourish Foundation.