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• John's recent Great Reads and Interesting Videos

• Integral, Mindfulness-Based & Somatic Psychotherapy

Psychedelics: Psychotherapy, Meditation and Religious Experiences

• Mindfulness in Intimate Relationships

• Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Movement

• Integral-Informed Addiction Recovery

• Buddhist Psychology

• Contemplative Psychology & Christian Mysticism

John's recent Great Reads & Videos

Interesting Videos

  • The Master and His Emissary - an interview with Iain NcGilchrist with Jordan Peterson and a wonderful antimated video
  • The Rightous Mind - a video presentation with Jonathan Haidt
  • Fresh Air Interview with Michael Pollan - May 2018
  • Dan Siegel - an 80-minute talk on Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Sue Johnson - 11-minute Video on The Still Face with Child and Adults
  • Stephen Porges (Polyvagal theory) 11-minute video
  • The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind and Body in Healing Trauma by Bessel van derKolk, MD (watch a 90-min video by this author)
  • Peter Levine 27-minute video on Somatic Experiencing
  • Christian Centering Prayer with Cynthia Bourgeault


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  • Integral, Mindfulness-Based & Somatic Psychotherapy Lillyinpond

  • An Introduction to Integral Theory
  • Integral Psychology (more info here)
  • The Religion of Tomorrow: A Vision for the future of the Great Traditions by Ken Wilber
  • A Guide to Integral Psychotherapy: Complexity, Integration and Spirituality in Practice by Mark D. Forman
  • Integral Psychotherapy: Inside Out/Outside In by R. Elliott Ingersoll and David M. Zeitler
  • Integral Mindfulness: from Clueless to Dailed-In by Keith Witt (a great first read on applying Integral to daily life)
  • Attachment Disturbances in Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair by Daniel P. Brown, PhD and David S. Elliott, PhD (read a short review of this book.)
  • Learn the Science of Healthy Attachment Relationships an on-line program with Daniel P Brown
  • Number of Articles and Book Chapters on Attachment Theory and it's Applications
  • The Master and the Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain McGilchrist
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
  • The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind and Body in Healing Trauma by Bessel van derKolk, MD (watch a 90-min video by this author) An excellent summary of current research on trauma and its resolution.
  • Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy by Pat Ogden, Kekuni Minton and Clare Pain (read an article about this approach)
  • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine (watch a 25 min video by this author) An excellent overview of Somatic Experiencing.
  • Body-Centered Psychotherapy: The Hakomi Method by Ron Kurtz
  • Social Engagement System: Polyvagal Theory - Article and a 45-minute video with Stephen Porges
  • Mindfulness and Psychotherapy edited by Germer, Siegal and Fulton
  • We Feel Therefore We Learn (Interpersonal Neurobiology): Dan Siegel 30 minute video
  • Riding the Dragon: The Synergistic Dance of Psychotherapy and Meditation by John S. Shealy, PhD
  • What are the Benefits of Mindfulness? A Practice Review of Psychotherapy-Related Research by Daphne Davis & Jeffrey Hayes (2011)
  • The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Depression by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Watch an 18-minute TED Video on this topic.
  • Tree and Pond Relection

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change by Hayes, Strosahl & Wilso

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorderby Marsha Linehan. ( pdf article about this treatment program
  • Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Interventions: Conceptualization, Application and Emperical Support Edited by Ruth Baer, PhD
  • Current Contributions of Psychological Research to General Health: The Case of Mindfulness Training by Bruno Cayoun.
  • Meditation and Pain Management: An interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Finding Happiness: Cajole Your Brain to Lean to the Left by Daniel Goleman
  • Mind and Life Institute research into the impact of meditation on brain function, neuroplasticity, etc by Dr. Richard Davidson's group
  • Meditation Helps Arthritis Patients a report by Alex Dominquez
  • Research Article on the Effectiveness of MBSR in Prisons
  • Just Say OM- A July 2003 article in Time Magazine


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    Psychedelics: Psychotherapy, Meditation and Religious Experience

    Path in Trees



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    Mindfulness in Intimate Relationships

    Couple in Field

    Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love & Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships (book and CD workshop) by David Schnarch, PhD Read an interview and/or an article

  • Mindfulness Based Relationship Enhancement
  • Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom by Gregory Kramer
  • Waking Up Together: Intimate Partnership on the Spiritual Path by Ellen and Charles Shinkai Birx
  • Attachment Theory - Can be very helpful for couples struggling with on-going misunderstanding and conflict:

    - 11 min Video - Still Face w Child and Adults

    - Videos on Sue Johnson’s website See other infoon her site also

    - Article about Attachment Theory


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  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

    More about MBSR and Current Mindfulness Training Programs

  • Free Guided Meditations and Starter Kits by John Shealy, PhD
  • Video: Bill Moyers & Jon Kabat-Zinn 90 minute PBS Special "Healing and the Mind."
  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine by Saki Santorelli
  • Mindfulness and Mastery in the Workplace: 21 Ways to Reduce Stress During the Workday by Saki F. Santorelli
  • Finding a Joyful Life in the Heart of Pain: A Meditative Approach to Living with Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Pain by Darlene Cohen
  • Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Wisdom of Listening edited by Mark Bradly
  • Free On-Line MBSR Home-Study program (for those who are unable to tap into the power of a live MBSR group experience)
  • Mindful Movement Yogi Backbend

    Aligned, Relaxed, Resilient: The Physical Foundations of Mindfulnes by Will Johnson

  • Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body and Mind by Frank Jude Boccio
  • 18 Amazing Benefits of Yoga According to Science - Jen Review
  • Restorative Yoga - Yoga Journal
  • Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence by Matthew Stanford (An amazing yoga teacher shares his wisdom, hard earned by intentionally turning toward the pain and loss of his being paralyzed as a teenager.)
  • Yoga International Journal
  • Deaf Yoga resources for the hearing impaired yogi.
  • Research on Inmates of Tihar Jail, Delhi, India (Vipassana Courses)


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    Integral-Informed Addiction Recovery

    Couple Holding Hands

  • Chasing the Scream: the Opposite of Addiction is Connection by Johann Hari - TED talk
  • Integral Recovery: A Revolutionary Approach to the Treatment of Alcoholism and Addiction by John Dupuy
  • Watch a video with John Dupuy & Check out his "Integral Recovery Starter Kit"
  • Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction by Noah Levine
  • (Refuge Recovery Website)
  • Watch an interview with Noah - "Addiction, Recovery and Buddhism"
  • Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention
  • One Mind Dharma - a great collection of free supportive resources.
  • One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps by Kevin Griffin
  • TED talk “False Fixes”with Pam Peeke, MD
  • The Heart of Addiction by Lance Dodes, MD
  • SMART Recovery is another option you might want to check out
  • Yoga - a Powerful Resource for Addiction Recovery
  • Alternative Medicine Approaches to Stop Smoking
  • A-Z Guide to Addiction & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • About Video Game Addiction
  • Tobacco Free for Life: Helpful Resources to Help You Stop Smoking
  • Quitza - a social media group supporting each other to quit smoking.

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    Buddhist Psychology

    Buddha Statue
  • The Sanity We Are Born With: A Buddhist Approach to Psychology by Chogyam Trungpa
  • Journeys into Emptiness: Dogen, Merton, Jung and the Quest for Transformation by Robert Jingen Gunn.
  • A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • Buddhist and Psychological Perspectives on Emotions and Well-Being by Paul Ekman, Richard J. Davidson, Matthieu Ricard and B. Alan Wallace
  • Buddhist Psychology: A Review of Theory and Practice by Padmal, Silva
  • Transformation of Consciousness: Conventional and Contemplative Perspectives on Development with Jack Engler & Daniel P. Brown
  • Streams of Wisdom: an Advanced Guide to Integral Spiritual Development by Dustin Diperna (check out Dustin's Blog)
  • The Point of Existence: Transformations of Narcissism in Self-Realization and The Void: Inner Spaciousness and Ego Structure and other books by A. H. Almaas
    Contemplative Psychology & Christian Mysticism
  • The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin by Lynn Bauman
  • Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind, a New Perspective on Christ and His Teachings by Cynthia Bourgeault
  • Christian Centering Prayer with Cynthia Bourgeault
  • The Religion of Tomorrow: A Vision for the Future of the Great Traditions by Ken Wilber
  • Great Doubt: Practicing Zen in the World by Boshan, translated by Jeff Shore
  • Why Buddhism is True: the Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright - (Radio interview with Terry Gross)
  • The Case for Contemplative Psychology an article by Han F. de Wit
  • The Genius of Being: Contemplating the Profound Intelligence of Existence by Peter Ralston
  • Into the Silent Land: a Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird
  • Putting on the Mind of Christ: The Inner Work of Christian Spirituality by Jim Marion
  • Zen and the Birds of Appetite by Thomas Merton
  • The Wisdom of Jesus: Transforming Hearth and Mind - a New Perspective on Christ and His Message by Cynthia Bourgeault
  • The Gospel According to Jesus by Stephen Mitchell
  • See the works of Meister Eckhart (1260-c1328)—Nondual Christian Mystic Sage
  • The Kingdom Within: the Inner Meanings of Jesus' Sayings by John A. Sanford
  • Open Mind Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimention of the Gospel by Father Thomas Keating
  • The Cloud of Unknowing translation by Ira Progoff
  • Dreams: God's Forgotten Language by John A. Sanford
  • The Transparency of Things: Contemplating the Nature of Experience by Rupert Spira
  • Learn more and/or receive daily meditations in the Mystical Christian tradition from Richard Rohr
  • Integral Christianity: The Spirits Call to Evolve by Paul R. Smith


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    Mindfulness Meditation

    • Mindfulness: Taming a Wild Horse An article by John S. Shealy, PhD

    • Cultivating Mental Discipline: The Skill of Mindfulness An article by John S. Shealy, PhD

  • Free Guided Meditations and Starter Kits by John Shealy, PhD
  • Sign up for our Monthly "Meditation in Louisville" Newsletter - stay informed about sittings and events.
  • Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana. This book is also available on the web.
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Basic Meditation Instructions by Matthew Flickstein
  • Meditation and the Practice of Awareness by Larry Rosenberg
  • Metta (lovingkindness) Meditation Practice
  • What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula Much of this book is available free online.
  • Old Path White Clouds (and many other books) by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
  • Woman Sitting
  • The Four Foundations of Mindfulness by Venerable U Silananda (hear some of his talks on this site)
  • Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
  • The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Nyanaponika Thera Evolutionary Enlightmentby Andrew Cohen
  • Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chodron
  • Big Mind - Big Heart: Finding Your Way by Dennis Genpo Merzel
  • The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom by Gregory Kramer
  • The Life of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Nanamoli
  • Breath by Breath by Larry Rosenberg
  • Being Nobody Going Nowhereby Ayya Khema
  • Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
  • Living in the Light of Death by Larry Rosenberg
  • The Writings of Aaron c/o Barbara Brodsky Deep Springs Center (see their library link)
  • Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom by Gregory Kramer
  • Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience by Sharon Salzberg
  • Knee Deep in Grace: The Extraordinary Life and Teaching of Dipa Ma by Amy Schmidt
  • Small Boat, Great Mountain by Amaro Bhikkhu (Free Download)
  • Be an Island: The Buddhist Practice of Inner Peace by Ayya Khema
  • A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah by Achaan Chah and Jack Kornfield
  • On Having No Head : Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious by Douglas E. Harding (see also the video by the same name)
  • Swallowing the River Ganges: A Practice Guide to the Path of Purification by Matthew Flickstein
  • Halfway Up the Mountain: The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment by Mariana Caplan
  • When the Iron Eagle Flies: Buddhism for the West by Ayya Khema
  • At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace by Claude Ashin Thomas ( Zaltho Foundation)
  • The Dzogchen Primer: Embracing the Spiritual Path According to the Great Perfection edited by Marcia Binder Schmidt
  • Being Mindful: support for those traveling the Buddha's Path of Purification
  • Preparation for Lotus Posture (YouTube Videos)


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    Meditation Courses, Retreat Centers and Meditation Groups Monks Sittigng in Forest
  • Sanghas, Centers and Meditation Groups in the Louisville Area
  • Integral Zen - This is the most powerful and clear meditation practice I have experienced - check it out! Seven day retreats are being offered around the US and in Europe.
  • Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. Ten-day and longer courses offered worldwide on a donation-only basis.
  • Mid-America Dharma (The site has listings of meditation retreats across USA.)
  • Tri-State Dharma
  • Flowing Dharma: Supporting Integral Zen Buddhist and other meditation practices around the Louisville area.


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    Mindful Parenting & Teaching

    Girls Playing

    The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are by Daniel J Siegel.

    The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder and More Compassionate by Susan Kaiser Greenland

  • Mindful Games: Sharing Mindfulness with Children, Teens... by Susan Kaiser Greenland
  • Kids in the House - Fixed vs. Growth Mindset (and other helpful materials)
  • Loving Guidance and Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline, excellent books and workshops by Dr. Becky Bailey
  • Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla & Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Calm and Compassionate Children: A Handbook by Susan Usha Dermond
  • Mindfulness for Teens - Free Resources
  • Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning has some great on-line Resources for parents and teachers
  • Mindful Schools offers a variety of on-lines courses for teachers who want to bring mindfulness into their classroom - great for parents too.
  • Mindful Birthing Resources for Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Family Living
  • Mindful Awareness Training and ADD/ADHD
  • Meditation for Children: An Article by Anna Shelby
  • Guided Meditation for Children by Susan Kramer
  • Teaching Meditation to Children link to a variety of books on Amazon
  • Teaching Meditation to Children and Beginners by Sumi Loundon
  • Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right by Joel Fuhrman
  • Dr Joel Fuhrman's website has great information and support for raising healthy children who can grow to become healthy adults


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    Mindful Eating - Total Health & Wellness

    Skip the Diet
  • Nutrition Dr. Michael Greger's excellent site. The best source for research-based information on diet and health.

    Neal Barnard - Power Foods for the Brain

    • Foods for Protecting Body and Mind with Neal Barnard (YouTube)

  • Great Resources for Preventing and Treating Diabetes by Michael Greger
  • Preventing and Treating Diabetes with Natural Medicine by Michael Murray, ND
  • Mindful Eating: An Interview with Geneen Roth
  • Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Therapy
  • VeggieSource research-based information on diet and health
  • Dr Joel Fuhrman's website has great info and options for on-line support for healthy eating and lifestyle choices
  • Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • McDougall On-Line Wellness Center
  • Eat More, Weigh Less an interview with Dean Ornish, MD
  • Ultimate Guide to Fitness by Andrea Blair Cirignano
  • Mindful Eating some helpful resources
  • The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea by Michael Hutchison
  • The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It by W.Chris Winter
  • Resources for Better Sleep: Meditation - Enhance Creativity - Sleep Apps


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    Getting Started on a Spiritual Path

    Prayer Wheels

  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joesph Campbell
  • It's a Meaningful Life, It Just Takes Practice by Bo Lozoff
  • Ordinary Magic: Everyday Life as Spiritual Path Edited by John Welwood (article)
  • The Power of Myth by Joesph Campbell (also PBS video/audio with Bill Moyers)
  • A Path with Heart: A Guide through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield
  • A Monk in the World: Cultivating a Spiritual Life by Wayne Teasdale
  • The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life by John Daido Loori
  • Tying Rocks to Clouds: Meetings and Conversations with Wise and Spiritual People by William Elliott
  • A Brief History of Everything and One Taste: Daily Reflections on Integral Spirituality(and many other books) by Ken Wilber See also: Integral Naked, Wilber's website with interviews, resources, etc.
  • How to Re-Awaken Your Spirituality to Reconnect with the Natural World

    Discovering Right Livelihood

    Woman Cooking

  • Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived and Joyful Life by Bill Burrett and Dave Evans Watch this 25-minute Video
  • Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity by David Whyte (see also Clear Mind, Wild Heart, a 6 CD collection)
  • Zen and the Art of Making a Living (free e-book) by Laurence G. Boldt
  • Mindfulness and Meaningful Work edited by Claude Whitmyer




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    Social Justice, International Aid, Poverty, Public Health . . .

    Man Sewing
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson.
  • Slavery by Another Name - PBS video.
  • Eyes on the Prize - PBS 14 part video series about race in America.
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World, The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer by Tracy Kidder
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson.
  • The Road to Hell: The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity by Michael Maren
  • The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier
  • Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights and the New War on the Poor by Paul Farmer
  • A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power
  • Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to change Harlem and America by Paul Tough
  • Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World by Bill Clinton
  • Africa: a Biography of the Continent by John Reader
  • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
  • Histories of the Hanged: The Dirty War in Kenya and the End of Empire by David Anderson
  • Country of My Skull: Guilt, Sorrow and the Limits of Forgiveness in the New South Africa by Antjie Kro


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  • Free On-Line MBSR Home-Study program (for those who are unable to tap into the power of a live MBSR group experience)
  • One Mind Dharma - lots of helpful free resources. Check them out!
  • Google Videos has free streaming video dharma talks by S. N. Goenka, Thich Nhat Hahn, Joseph Goldstein, Pema Chodron, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach and many others.
  • Audio Dharma Recorded Dharma Talks (listen free on the web)
  • Integral Naked: An amazing collection of resources from Ken Wilber and others working with Integral Theory and Application
  • BuddhaNet Audio (lots of MP3 downloads)
  • Lectures by Bhikku Bodhi on various aspects of the Dharma
  • DharmaStream from the Dharma Seed organization
  • Ajahn Thannisaro from Wat Met, talks and books
  • Mindfulness for Teens - Free Resources
  • Florida Buddhist Community - online audio recordings of weekly classes ranging from beginning mindfulness practice to advanced Mahamudra and Dzogchen.
  • Dharma Talks by Stephen Batchelor
  • Free Dharma talks are also available as podcasts at iTunes Music Store
  • Being Mindful: support for those traveling the Buddha's Path of Purification
  • One Mind Dharma - a great collection of free supportive resources.
  • Put Your Phone Away: an Addicts Guide to Unpluging
  • Prevent Text Neck by Abby Quillen 

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    Other Suggested Reading and Items of Interest

  • Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives by Louise DeSalvo
  • The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
  • How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland
  • Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies: Psychology and Chinese Medicine by Leon Hammer, MD
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen
  • The Power of Ten (a visual presentation of the power of perspective)
  • Other Interesting Reads



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    my articles: © John S. Shealy, PhD 2000 - 2019