The OMC strives to provide insight on research, training, and the latest news and information across the field of mindfulness.

Is mindfulness safe?

Is mindfulness safe?

Ruth Baer and Willem Kuyken discuss the potential risks of mindfulness practice, offering three key factors to be considered in teaching and learning mindfulness safely. They draw a comparison with physical exercise as mainstream health behaviour that requires consideration of safety.

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The Long View – perils and possibilities

The Long View – perils and possibilities

Christina Feldman continues to discuss the challenges facing the field of mindfulness for the future, and the lessons that can be learnt from the establishment of meditative traditions in Western culture over the last 45 years, in the final part of this blog post series.

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The Long View – perils and possibilities

The Long View – perils and possibilities

Christina Feldman discusses the challenges facing the field of mindfulness for the future, including the questions of ethics and money, in part three of the series.

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The Long View – perils and possibilities

The Long View – perils and possibilities

Christina Feldman examines contemporary mindfulness from its beginnings in the 1970s and the advances made over the last forty years in the field in part two of the series.

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The Long View – perils and possibilities

The Long View – perils and possibilities

Christina Feldman, Insight Meditation Society guiding teacher and co-founder of Gaia House, provides an historical perspective on the mainstreaming of Buddhism in the West in the last forty years in part one of this four-part blog post series. It provides an extraordinary historical and contemporary analysis of the field.

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A year of living mindfully

A year of living mindfully

We were visited by Tony Bates, the founding director of Headstrong in Ireland as part of our Oxford Mindfulness Centre Seminar Series. Anna Sonley gives an insight into this talk by Tony, in which he gave a searingly honest account of his year of living mindfully, in which he practiced mindfulness every day for year,, wrote about it in a popular weekly column in The Irish Times and then on the last day of the year was faced with a life threatening health condition.

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What is compassion and how can we cultivate it?

What is compassion and how can we cultivate it?

Ruth Baer, academic visitor at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre from the University of Kentucky, reflects on the Buddhist and psychological perspectives on compassion, ideas originally discussed in an Oxford Mindfulness Centre masterclass with Willem Kuyken and Christina Feldman. Willem and Christina define compassion as the capacity to meet pain with kindness, empathy, equanimity, and patience, and Ruth asks whether through the continued study and practice of mindfulness we can cultivate deep compassion.

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Adolescence as a sensitive period of social brain development

Adolescence as a sensitive period of social brain development

We were visited by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Royal Society Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, as part of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre Seminar Series in late 2015. Laura Taylor discusses Sarah-Jayne’s presentation of her research into the adolescent brain, highlighting the differences in adolescent neurocognitive development compared with that of children and young adults.

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Mental health in the next 50 years: “its more than just changing hearts and mind”

Mental health in the next 50 years: “its more than just changing hearts and mind”

Willem Kuyken asks whether we have passed a tipping point in the narrative around mental health, and considers what the future will hold as we see greater awareness, normalisation and compassion towards mental health issues. Willem asks whether our schools, NHS, workplaces and criminal justice system can be changed so that they promote and support mental health.

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Launching the Mindful Nation UK report in the Houses of Parliament

Launching the Mindful Nation UK report in the Houses of Parliament

The Mindful Nation UK All-Party Parliamentary Group report launched on 20 October 2015. Journalist and Author Ed Halliwell reflects on this landmark day for the mindfulness field, offering an insight into the launch event in Westminster.

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