To name a few...
and much more...
In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy.
For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me...
Within me, there's something stronger... something better, pushing right back.
Professor Williams co-developed Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), a treatment for anxiety, stress and depression that is at least as effective as drugs at preventing new episodes of depression. It's now one of the preferred treatments for depression recommended by the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
The Uses Of Sorrow
(In my sleep I dreamed this poem)
Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.
Mary Oliver, Thirst
Secular mindfulness for adults has been proven over and over again with multiple scientific studies that it is effective in improving general well-being, and a variety of physical and mental ailments.
In the last few years a number of studies that involve a younger population has been geared to test the effectiveness of similar programmes in schools, summer camps or other settings. These scientific studies are very promising and have showed so far similar results.
The entire fruit is already in the seed.
A number of scientific studies have been made and showed
an increase in
Ability to make relationships and social skills
Calm and relaxation
Sleep - both in quality and time -
Motivation, optimism and resilience
Self-acceptance, self-awareness, self-care
Ability to problem solve, plan, initiate, control and monitor one’s own actions
Focus and sustained attention
Competence and effectiveness
Confidence and self-esteem
A sense of connection with nature
a decrease in
Anxiety – test anxiety - and stress
Hyperactivity and impulsivity
Negative emotions and depressive symptoms
Blood pressure and heart rate
The first thing you discover is
a kind of emptiness,
a presence which doesn't seem to have content to it,
like looking up
at a limitless sky.
That boundary-less place
is your own consciousness,
When you relax into it,
you realize that it's also full -
it is everything.
You realize this presence is
what you really are: Love.