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Table of Contents

• Psychedelics: Mystical Experience and Transformation

• Integral, Somatic & Mindfulness-Based Healing & Psychotherapy

• Aging and Dying Well

• Christian Mysticism & Contemplative Psychology

• Buddhist Psychology

• Moving toward a Meaningful Life

• Intimate Relationships

• Support for Addiction Recovery

• John's recent Great Reads and Interesting Videos

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Movement

Mindfulness Meditation

• Mindful Parenting & Teaching

• Mindful Eating - Overall Health & Wellness

• Racism, Social Justice, Inequality & International Aid

• Online Audio, Video and Interactive Resources

• Other Suggested Readings


Psychedelics: Mystical Experience and Transformation

Path in Trees
  • Preparing for a Psychedelic Experience - Resources and Suggestions

  • A Model for Psychedelic-Assisted Re-Parenting by John Shealy, PhD
  • Psychedelic Healing: the Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development by Neal M Goldsmith
  • Good Chemistry: The Science of Connection, from Soul to Psychedelics by Julie Holland, MD

  • Tryptamine Palace: 5MeO-DMT and the Sonoran Desert Toad by James Oroc

  • The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor's Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine by Joseph Tafur, MD

  • July 2019 Tim Ferriss Podcast on a variety of issues including psilocybin,clinical studies, micro-dosing, etc
  • Scared Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences by William Richards related TED talk by Roland Griffiths and this segment from TV's 60-Minutes in 2019
  • Beyond the Narrow Life: a Guide for Psychedelic Intgration and Existential Exploration by Kile M Ortigo
  • How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence by Michael Pollan  - Fresh Air Interview
  • The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name by Brian C Muraresku - check out this YouTube interview
  • The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic and Sacred Journeys by James Fadiman

  • Manual for Psychedelic Guides offered freely by TripSetters

  • American Trip: Set, Setting, and the Psychedelic Experience in the Twentieth Century by Ido Hartogsohn
  • MDMA use by older folks - an engaging interview with Charley Wininger - begin watching at the 1-hour mark - Check out his book
  • Iboga: The Root of All Healing (Ibogaine) by Daniel Brett
  • Article on the Internal Family Systems Model applied to Psychedelic Therapy
  • Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics by Allen Badiner
  • Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America by Douglas Osto
  • Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason by James L Kent
  • Psilocybin-assisted Mindfulness Training Modulates Self-consciousness and Brain Default Mode Network Connectivity with Lasting Effects - article in NeuroImage
  • Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals by Huston Smith
  • Potential problems of psychedelics becoming “commercialized”
  • Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story by Alexander Shulgin and Ann Shulgin - a YouTube Video of these authors
  • The Ketamine Papers: Science, Therapy and Transformation edited by Phil Wolfson, MD & Glenn Harrtelius, PhD
  • DMT the Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences by Rick Strassman
  • The Psychedelic Mushroom Bible: The Definitive Guide to Growing and Using Magic Mushrooms by K. Mandrake
  • After the Ceremony Ends: A Companion Guide to Help You Integrate Visionary Plant Medicine Experiences by Katherine E. Coder
  • Journeling Your Way Through Integration a brief article by Kerry Moran
  • The Invisible Landscape: Mind Hullucinogens and the I Ching by Terrence McKenna & Dennis McKenna
  • Info on the positive impact of Float Tank experiences
  • MAPS - Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Research
  • Ayahuasca.com - lots of info on research, history, experiences...
  • Cannabis being used in Psychedelic Therapy - Medicinal Mindfulness
  • The Effects of Cannabis on the Brain & Body - a podcast by the Huberman Lab
  • What Alcohol does to your Brain, Body and Health - a podcast by the Huberman Lab
  • Psychedelic Support Website - lots of useful information
  • Down the Rabbit Hole - a Psychedelic Reading List
  • Psychedelics Today - online courses and other resources
  • MAPS YouTube Channel - a collection of videos on research and healing applications of psychedelics
  • How to Use Psychedelics.org - guidance on use and preparation of a variety of psychedelics
  • Session Games People Play: A Manual for the Use of LSD (free online) by Lisa Bieberman
  • Psychedelic Training - support for preparation, safe experience, integration, etc
  • Psychonautwiki.org - lots of useful information
  • John Shealy's 2019 interview with Zach Poitra on the benefits of integration before and after a psychedelic experience
  • Stories from the Psychedelic Healing Path

     

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    Integral, Somatic & Mindfulness-Based Healing & Psychotherapy

    Lillyinpond

    This first section lists some helpful resources for exploring Integral Theory and using it to support healing and transformation into your True Nature. Those in the first sub-section are by Ken Wilber, its developer. The ones in the second sub-section are by other authors.

  • A selection of quotes from many of his books
  • An Introduction to the Integral Approach (pdf 46 pages)
  • States of Consciousness - a 1-hour presentation on Integral Christianity
  • The Religion of Tomorrow: A Vision for the Future of the Great Traditions (2017 - with updated material on Integral Theory - a good book to start digging deeper into Integral) Here's a 90-minute interview on this topic.
  • No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth
  • Integral Spirituality: A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World  
  • An article on States and Stages of Consciousness (pdf 52 pages)
  • Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy
  • Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening
  • Integral Meditation: Mindfulness as a Path to Grow Up, Wake Up, and Show Up in Your Life
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  • 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
  • Transformation of Consciousness: Conventional and Contemplative Perspectives on Development with Jack Engler & Daniel P. Brown
  • Integral Mindfulness: from Clueless to Dailed-In by Keith Witt (a great first read on applying Integral to daily life)
  • Daily Evolver engaging audio and video interviews on Intergal Theory
  • Earth is Eden: An Integral Exploration of the Trans-Himalayan Teachings by Jon Darrell-Rew and Dustin DiPerna - also by DiPerna: Streams of Wisdom & Evolution's Ally
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    Attachment Theory

  • What is Attachment Theory - an excellent overview in Positive Psychology.com
  • This short BBC video provides an outline of Attachment Theory
  • A Powerful Conversation (on this general topic) between Gabor Mate' and Joe Rogan - in September 2022, available on Spotify
  • 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 - check out this re-parenting meditation)
  • Number of Articles and Book Chapters on Attachment Theory and it's Applications
  • The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child by Nancy Newton Verrier
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    Trauma
  • Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation by Janina Fisher
  • Healing from Complex Trauma by Tim Fletcher - he offers helpful videos on addictions, inner child work, relationships...
  • Interview with Gabor Mate and Tim Ferris about early trauma history, addictions, psychedelics for healing...

     

    Somatic Experiencing

  • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine (watch a 25 min video by this author) - An article about Somatic Experiencing

  • 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)
  • Body-Centered Psychotherapy: The Hakomi Method by Ron Kurtz

     

    Internal Family Systems

  • Article on the Internal Family Systems applied to Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy

  • Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model by Richard C. Schwartz, PhD

     

    Polyvagal Theory

  • Social Engagement System: Polyvagal Theory - Article and a 45-minute video with Stephen Porges
  • The Healing Power of the Vagas Nerve in Brain Disorders & Complex Chronic Illness by Courtney Snyder, MD
  • Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve: Self-Help Exercises for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Autism by Stanley Rosenburg
  • Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory by Deborah Dana (a 60-min Interview)
  • We Feel Therefore We Learn (Interpersonal Neurobiology): Dan Siegel 30 minute video
  • How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett - check out this collection of her videos

     

  • Neuro-Linguistic Programing

  • History, Definition, etc from Wikipedia
  • A 25-minute video presentation and a 1-hour presentation with a coach who uses it

     

    Mindfulness for Emotional & Psychological Healing

  • Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path of Liberation by Bruce Tift - An interview with this author
  • Riding the Dragon: The Synergistic Dance of Psychotherapy and Meditation by John S. Shealy, PhD
  • Emotional Alchemy by Tara Bennett-Goleman (Read an article by the author)
  • Mindfulness and Psychotherapy edited by Germer, Siegal and Fulton
  • The Effects of Mindfulness on Psychological Health: A review of emperical studies by Keng, S. L., Smoski, M. J., & Robins, C. J. (2011)
  • 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
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression by Segal, Williams, Teasdale
  • Meditation and Pain Management: An interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Mindfulness-Based Approaches to Eating Disorders by Joan Kristeller, Ruth Baer and Ruth Quillian-Wolever
  • Use of Meditation with Severe Psychological Disorders
  • Mindfulness Training as a Clinical Intervention: A Conceptual and Emperical Review (2003) by Ruth Baer
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Physical Conditions: A Narrative Review Evaluating Levels of Evidence by Carlson, L. E. (2012)Tree and Pond Relection
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change by Hayes, Strosahl & Wils
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder by 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
  • 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
  • Just Say OM - A July 2003 article in Time Magazine
  • Research Article on the Effectiveness of MBSR in Prisons
  • Research on Inmates of Tihar Jail, Delhi, India (Vipassana Courses)
  • A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis, MD, Fari Amini, MD, Richard Lannon, MD
  • Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach, PhD
  • When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
  • Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
  • The Wisdom in Dark Emotions by Miriam Greenspan
  • Yoga and Psychotherapy: The Evolution of Consciousness by Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine and Swami Ajas

     

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    Aging & Dying Well
  • Buddha StatueLifespan: Why We Age and Why we Don't Have To by David Sinclair check out Lifespan Podcast and a 2-hour interview with Andrew Huberman
  • Outlive: The Science & Art of Longevity by Peter Attia and a 3.5-hour podcast with Andrew Huberman & see other podcasts on his website
  • How Not to Die: The Scientific Approach to Getting Healthier as You Get Older by Michael Greger

     

  • Grace in Dying: How We Are Transformed Spiritually as We Die by Kathleen D. Sing
  • The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness and the Mystery of Death by Stanislov Grof
  • Love is Stronger than Death: the Mystical Union of Two Souls by Cynthia Bourgeault
  • Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing & Dying by Ram Dass
  • Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad
  • Why we should Embrace Aging as an Adventure - a short Ted Talk and a 3-min Ted Talk on midlife
  • Death is but a Dream by Christopher Kerr & Carine Mardorossian a 17 min Ted Talk by Dr Kerr with interesting comments from the viewers
  • The Art of Presence: An Exploration of Mindfulness and Aging by Francie Bedinger
  • Grief and the Mindfulness Approach: Death, Dying and Bereavement by Malcolm Huxter
  • Living in the Light of Death by Larry Rosenberg
  • How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland
  • The Wisdom of Old Dogs: Lessons in Life, Love and Friendship by Elli H Radinger

     

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    Christian Mysticism & Contemplative Psychology
  • The Wisdom of Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind - a New Perspective on Christ and His Message by Cynthia Bourgeault
  • Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin by Lynn Bauman
  • Praying HandsInto the Silent Land: a Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird
  • The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus by Neil Douglas-Klotz
  • 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 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 Dimension of the Gospel by Father Thomas Keating
  • The Cloud of Unknowing translation by Ira Progoff
  • Dreams: God's Forgotten Language by John A Sanford
  • 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
  • The Transparency of Things: Contemplating the Nature of Experience by Rupert Spira
  • The Case for Contemplative Psychology an article by Han F de Wit
  • The Great Within: The Transformative Power and Psychology of the Spiritual Path by Han F de Wit
  • Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy by Joseph Loizzo, Fiona Brandon, Emily J Wolf and Miles Neale

     

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    Buddhist Psychology

    Buddha Statue
    Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice by Kodho Uchiyama Roshi 
  • Powerful Presentation by Daniel P. Brown
  • Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path of Liberation by Bruce Tift - An interview with this author
  • The Sanity We Are Born With: A Buddhist Approach to Psychology by Chogyam Trungpa
  • 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
  • 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
  • Reflections on a Mountain Lake: Teachings on Practical Buddhism by Ani Tenzin Palmo (watch this 90-minute talk)
  • Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict by Tsultrim Allione
  • Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics by Allen Badiner
  • Altered States: Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America by Douglas Osto
  • Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals by Huston Smith
  • Psilocybin-assisted Mindfulness Training Modulates Self-consciousness and Brain Default Mode Network Connectivity with Lasting Effects - article in NeuroImage

     

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    Moving toward a Meaningful Life

    A Path to Mountains

  • Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World by Bill Plotkin
  • Becoming Animal: an Earthy Cosmology by David Abram
  • 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 Untethered Soul: the Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer - check out this 75-minute interview
  • The Social Dilemma - a Netflix movie about the power of social media to shape our world in destructive ways
  • Cultivating a Sense of Purpose on Hidden Brain - a 60-minute audio
  • 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
  • How to Re-Awaken Your Spirituality to Reconnect with the Natural World
  • Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived and Joyful Life by Bill Burrett and Dave Evans
  • Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity by David Whyte (see also Clear Mind, Wild Heart, a 6 CD collection)
  • Mindfulness and Meaningful Work edited by Claude Whitmyer

     

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    Intimate Relationships

    Couple in Field
  • Love Sense: the Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships by Dr. Sue Johnson
  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman, PhD
  • Dancing with Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships by John Amodeo, PhD
  • Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love & Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships by David Schnarch, PhD Read an interview
  • 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

    - Article about Attachment Theory by Mark Manson

     

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  • Support for Addiction Recovery

    Couple Holding Hands

  • An Excellent Interview on Underlying Issues of Addiction
  • The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture by Gabor Mate, MD
  • Iboga: The Root of All Healing by Daniel Brett
  • Ibogaine as a Pathway to Recovery
  • Beond: an excellent Ibogaine Treatment Center
  • Research on Psilocybin for Alcohol Addiction
  • Psychedelics in the Treatment of Alcohol Addiction
  • Float Tanks as Support for Recovery
  • Google's Support Page "Recover Together"
  • Integral Recovery: A Revolutionary Approach to the Treatment of Alcoholism and Addiction by John Dupuy - a video with John Dupuy
  • Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction by Noah Levine
  • Check out Louisville Recovery Sangha
  • Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention
  • Yoga - a Powerful Resource for Addiction Recovery
  • One Mind Dharma - a great collection of free supportive resources
  • One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps by Kevin Griffin
  • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician's Guide by Sarah Bowen, Neha Chawla, Joel Grow & G. Alan Marlatt
  • 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
  • A Guide to Recovery Options in Louisville Kentucky

     

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    John's recent Great Reads & Videos

    Man Reading Book
  • The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year by Margaret Renkl - check out her other books
  • The Wisdom of Wolves: How Wolves can teach us to be more Human by Elli H. Radinger
  • Minimalism: Netflix Documentary
  • The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture by Gabor Mate, MD
  • Masturbation has Dangerous Effects on Dopamine a 10-minute video with Andrew Hubberman
  • Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice by Kodho Uchiyama Roshi 
  • Cultivating a Sense of Purpose on Hidden Brain - a 60-minute audio
  • The Ayahuasca Dialogues: Globalization, Plant Medicine and the Healing of the Human Spirt by Richard Amaringo and Brian Francis Culkin
  • Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson and her earlier book, The Warmth of Other Suns
  • Un-Aging: the Four Factors that Influence How You Age by Robert Friedland
  • The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene
  • The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers
  • The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
  • This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan
  • The Well Gardened Mind: the Restorative Power of Nature by Sue Stuart-Smith
  • Sitting Pretty: The View from my Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig
  • The Untethered Soul: the Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer - check out this 75-minute interview
  • The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous by Joseph Henrich - 50-minute Presentation
  • The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name by Brian C Muraresku - check out this YouTube interview and this 14-min presentation
  • Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor - a short presentation and this 2-hour conversation
  • Videos - Change Your Brain: Neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman - presentation on Sleep
  • A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and its Assault on the American Mind by Harriet A Washington - a short You Tube interview
  • Reflections on a Mountain Lake: Teachings on Practical Buddhism by Ani Tenzin Palmo (watch this 90-minute talk)
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander - watch a presentation by this author and an interview with Bill Moyers
  • Good Chemistry: The Science of Connection, from Soul to Psychedelics by Julie Holland, MD
  • The Social Dilemma - a Netflix movie about the power of social media to shape our world in destructive ways
  • Infinite Potential: The Life and Ideas of David Bohm
  • 13th - a movie from Netflix on how our history of racial inequality leads to high rates of incarceration
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo
  • Pandemics: History and Prevention a 60-minute presentation by Michael Greger (from 2008 - an explanation of a potential source of Covid 19)
  • The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt - a 90-min interview with these authors and Jordan Peterson - a list of other articles and interviews
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt - 20 min TED talk - 90-min lecture
  • The Hacking of the American Mind with Robert Lustig also this presentation about sugar - Sugar, the Bitter Truth - a longer version of this talk
  • How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett - check out this collection of her videos
  • Scared Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences by William Richards
  • How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence by Michael Pollan
  • Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of Civilization by Roy Scranton
  • Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals by Huston Smith
  • The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin by Lynn Bauman
  • The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World by David Abram
  • Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology by David Abram
  • Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind, a New Perspective on Christ and His Teachings by 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
  • The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea by Michael Hutchison
  • Journeys into Emptiness: Dogen, Merton, Jung and the Quest for Transformation by Robert Jingen Gunn
  • The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben
  • The World I Live In & Optimism: A Collection of Essays by Helen Keller
  • An excellent TED talk by Paul Stamets on how fungi can save the world
  • The Master and His Emissary - an interview with Iain McGilchrist with Jordan Peterson

     

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    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

  • About MBSR
  • 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 Mindfulness 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 Reviews
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence by Matthew Stanford
  • Yoga International Journal

     

     

     

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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
  • Make sure your choice of meditation practice is the right one for you - check out this article on some of the possible negative effects of mindfulness
  • 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
  • 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
  • Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
  • The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Nyanaponika Thera
  • Evolutionary Enlightment by 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 Nowhere by Ayya Khema
  • Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
  • The Writings of Aaron by Barbara Brodsky from Deep Springs Center
  • 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 also see the video
  • Swallowing the River Ganges: A Practice Guide to the Path of Purification by Matthew Flickstein watch a short video
  • 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
  • Preparation for Lotus Posture (YouTube Videos)

     

    Meditation Courses, Retreat Centers and Meditation Groups

    Monks Sittigng in Forest
  • Integral Zen - a powerful orientation to Zen practice
  • 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
  • Sanghas, Centers and Meditation Groups in the Louisville Area
  • Flowing Dharma: Supporting Integral Zen and other meditation and supportive practices around the Louisville area

     

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    Mindful Parenting & Teaching

    Man and a Baby
  • The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt - a list of articles and interviews
  • The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder and More Compassionate by Susan Kaiser Greenlan

  • 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
  • The Parenting Pod - a website providing resources to help parents raise happy, resilient kids
  • 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.
  • Baby Talk: Strengthen your Child's Ability to Listen, Understand and Communicate by Sally Ward
  • Mindful Awareness Training and ADD/ADHD
  • 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

    Some helpful resources for Parents

  • 10 Things Parents Need to Know to Help a Struggling Reader
  • How Every Child can Thrive by Five - a powerful Ted talk by a 9-year-old
  • Technology-Addicted Kids
  • OpenEducators.org - a collection of educational resources
  • The Adoption Legacy - Info on common issues facing adoptees and their families - other resources - a guidebook

     

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    Mindful Eating - Overall Health & Wellness

    Healthy Pizza
  • Nutrition Facts.org Dr. Michael Greger's excellent site. The best source for research-based information on diet and health I've found.
  • The Hacking of the American Mind with Robert Lustig also this presentation about sugar - Sugar, the Bitter Truth - and, a longer version of this talk
  • TED talk “False Fixes” with Pam Peeke, MD
  • Useful Research on Low Carb, Paleo and Ketogentic Diets - And, a Research Article
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bringing Meditation into the Mix and Sleep Apps

     

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    Racism, Social Justice, Inequality & International Aid

    Color is not a Crime
  • We Wear the Mask a poem read by Maya Angelou
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson check out this movie based on this book
  • A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and its Assault on the American Mind by Harriet A Washington - a short You Tube interview
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander - watch a presentation by this author and an interview with Bill Moyers
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo - here's a video presentation by this author
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson - here's a video presentation by this author
  • Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out by Ruth King - here's a video presentation by this author
  • Inequality in America - a 60-minute PPS video with Bill Moyers, Bryan Stevenson & Michelle Alexander
  • 13th - a movie from Netflix on how our history of racial inequality leads to high rates of incarceration
  • Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution - a PBS 2-hour documentary
  • Slavery by Another Name - a powerful PBS video
  • Eyes on the Prize - PBS 14 part video series about race in America

     

    Man Sewing

  • The Rise and Fall of North Amerian Indians: from Prehitory through Geronimo by William Brandon
  • A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn check out Zinn Education Project
  • Lies my Teacher Told Me by James W Loewen
  • 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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    Online Audio, Video and Interactive Resources

    Women Watching Computer

  • Story Corps
  • Self-Help Toons - a collection of clear explanations of various psychological issues
  • 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!
  • Audio Dharma Recorded Dharma Talks (listen free on the web)
  • BuddhaNet Audio (lots of MP3 downloads)
  • DharmaStream from the Dharma Seed organization
  • Mindfulness for Teens - Free Resources
  • One Mind Dharma - a great collection of free supportive resources
  • Sound Healing - Tom Kenyon (Some powerful and free recordings)
  • Put Your Phone Away: an Addicts Guide to Unpluging
  • Prevent Text Neck by Abby Quillen 

     

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    Other Suggested Readings

  • Library Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of Civilization by Roy Scranton
  • 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
  • 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)
  • The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben
  • Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote
  • Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper by Jack Coughlin
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Life of The Bee by Maurice Maeterlinck
  • Memories, Dreams and Reflections by C. G. Jung
  • The Portable Jung edited by Joseph Campbell
  • The Luminist Archives Lots of Interesting ReadingMan in Prison
  • Research Article on the Effectiveness of MBSR in Prisons - Research on Inmates of Tihar Jail, Delhi, India (Vipassana Courses)
  • We're All Doing Time: A Guide to Getting Free by Bo Lozoff
  • Behind Bars: Surviving Prison by Jeffrey Ian Ross & Stephen C. Richards
  • Committing Journalism: The Prison Writings of Red Hog by Dannie M. Martin & Peter Y. Sussman
  • Witness to an Execution - Stories from prison guards who were executioners

     

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