Introduction to Mindfulness (source

“60 Minutes” Special on Mindfulness, reported by Anderson Cooper of CBS and CNN, followed by two short videos by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Life is Right Now, in which he talks about how science is beginning to understand the process and effects of meditation, and Befriending the Body, where he talks about the importance of our relationship with our body in this course. The video, Managing Anxiety with Mindfulness by Rachel Green, was originally made to address anxiety, specifically test anxiety and panic attacks, but provides a great introduction to some of the basic components of mindfulness meditation, including mindful eating and breath meditation.

 “60 Minutes” Special on Mindfulness by Anderson Cooper / CBS News [13 min]
 Life is Right Now and Befriending the Body by Jon Kabat-Zinn [11 min total]
 Managing Anxiety with Mindfulness by Rachel Green [15 min]

The Power of Attention (source

This week’s videos include The Monkey Business Illusion by Daniel Simons, a cognitive scientist at University of Illinois, who illustrates the limitations inherent in our ability to perceive fully what is going on around us. You may be surprised at just how specific (and limited) our powers of attention are. Another short video, Joshua Bell Plays a $3 Million Violin, chronicles the “concert” Bell played at the DC Metro station described above. Shauna Shapiro gives a compelling account of how meditation creates physical changes in the brain in Mindful Meditation and the Brain, and in Measuring Mindfulness, Judson Brewer correlates brain scan data with subjective experience during meditation. Finally, there is a short piece by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Coming to Our Senses, followed by an entertaining All it takes is 10 Mindful Minutes that includes juggling and a provocative challenge to do “nothing” for 10 minutes.

Videos   [with most browsers, once you start the first video, the others will follow automatically]
 The Monkey Business Illusion by Daniel Simons [2 min]
 Joshua Bell plays a $3 Million violin (and almost nobody notices) by JJ Musgrove [4 min]
 Mindful Meditation and the Brain video by Shauna Shapiro [6 min]
 Measuring Mindfulness video by Judson Brewer [7 min]
 Coming to Our Senses by Jon Kabat-Zinn [9 min
 All it takes is 10 Mindful Minutes by Andy Puddicombe [10 min]