Why mindfulness? Why self-compassion practice?
Much of our life (with learning differences) is motivated by feelings of fear, apprehension, anxiety, dread, worry, or distrust, probably more than most of us realize. Fear is at the root of many types of psychological suffering, and an important part of mindfulness practice is to study it—to understand and accept it enough that we do not live under its influence. The willingness to sit in the midst of our life is what begins the process of dissolving the places of tension, fear and the like.
The following resources are suggested for individuals with learning differences and for their family members, classmates, service providers, and friends.
Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Kristin Neff
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher K. Germer, Ph.D
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzburg
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield
Mindfulness by Joseph Goldstein
The Issue at Hand by Gil Fronsdal
Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron
Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn
Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children by Thich Nhat Hhan
Adult Psychiatry — Lidia Zylowska, MD
Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society
UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center
www.mindfulexperience.org A monthly newsletter/guide to what’s latest in mindfulness research
www.mindful.org Online magazine about “everything mindfulness”
www.bemindful.co.uk A British website highlighting info about mindfulness, MBSR, MBCT
www.facebook.com/mindfulnessADHD A Facebook page devoted to mindfulness and ADHD