"How can we live a life that is free from suffering,
in ways that support our well-being, the well-being of those around us,
and the wider world?"
Our mission is to reduce suffering, promote resilience and realise human potential across the lifespan through mindfulness.
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"The central thesis of our book is that Buddhist psychology and modern science together
provide a helpful new perspective on these questions of how to live well in the contemporary world.
We argue that they can help us chart the path from suffering to well-being and flourishing."
The Foreword to MINDFULNESS by Zindel Segal
"In the poem “The Summer Day,” Mary Oliver (2015) poignantly compares prayer to paying attention. After reading Christina Feldman and Willem Kuyken’s wonderful book Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, I now see that these lines from Oliver’s poem reflect the remarkable shift that has taken place in medicine, health care, and society over the past 25 years. What I am referring to, and what each of the authors has played a pivotal role in supporting, is the introduction of contemplative practices in mainstream health and social institutions as adjunctive means for addressing disease and suffering. Much as going to a yoga class is no longer considered esoteric, teaching people who are managing a mood disorder or cardiovascular condition how to practice mindfulness meditation is increasingly seen as integral to good quality care.
This book’s particular value lies in providing a broader perspective on the two worlds—contemplative and secular—that undergird this movement. Where it succeeds most vividly is in synthesizing the varied research, clinical, and contemplative inputs into a framework that allows readers to fully appreciate how these domains are, in spite of their surface differences, implicitly linked. As well, this book could not have come at a better time. Most would agree that the mindfulness field is rapidly expanding; indeed, some would say it is becoming a global phenomenon. And yet with scale comes excess and the inevitable dilution of quality. Fortunately, Mindfulness invites us to pause and return to the sources that have informed this unique synthesis of modern science and ancient traditions, thereby allowing their shared intentionality to be revealed. As guides through this material, I cannot think of two authors better suited to this task than Christina Feldman and Willem Kuyken. Christina is a world-renowned meditation teacher and cofounder of Gaia House in the United Kingdom, and Willem is a research psychologist who, as Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, has published a number of our field’s seminal papers. Their book provides the reader with a number of rare treasures, such as a contemplative teacher and scientist authorship team, or cognitive science and Buddhist psychology maps of “the mind.”
At its most ambitious, Mindfulness is larger than the service of conceptual clarity and coherence it provides for our field. The book’s core actually addresses a personal quest we each find ourselves on: how we can live with ease within the condition of our modern world. It is, true enough, a perennial question, and yet, here we find a novel set of answers that draw from the best that science and contemplative practice have to offer. For starters, it is vital to understand the roots of struggle and suffering that we all encounter. With this in hand, how can we use this knowledge to support greater moments of well-being and wholeness? Mindfulness has a central role to play here, both through its capacity to free the mind from the confines of habit and by creating an opening for the enactment of new choices and perceptions—in short, the possibility of real transformation. The living discussion among Buddhism, contemporary secular mindfulness, and psychological science that has been initiated across these pages helps draw us all closer to understanding how liberation is nearer to us than we might dare to imagine."
Zindel V. Segal PhD (2019-05-14T23:58:59). Mindfulness, Foreword . Guilford Publications. Kindle Edition.