Our semiannual newsletter, The Living Moment, iincludes some of the latest research on mindfulness and its health effects in articles that can be found if you scroll down past the general information sections. To read current past issues or to subscribe to the newsletter, please go to the bottom of this page. To find information on upcoming courses, please go to this website’s Courses page

Worthy of Note

  • Fall 2023 MBSR Newsletter "Thanksgiving-Reflections"
  • New Jersey Psychological Association Dec. 2016 e-newsletter:
    "Why Mindfulness Matters"(including articles on Health Benefits, Happiness, Mindfulness’ usefulness in treating opioid addiction, and much more)
  • Other articles and resources from Living Moment MBSR Newsletter may be found
    in the Newsletter section below


Kabat-Zinn, J. (2013). Full Catastrophe Living; Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness. Revised Edition (released in fall of 2013, thoroughly updated and with the most recent research).  Bantam.

The Handlins with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Kabat-Zinn, J. (1994). Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation in everyday life. New York: Hyperion.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2005). Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through Mindfulness. New York: Hyperion.

Kabat-Zinn, Myla. & Kabat-Zinn, J. (1997) Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting. Hyperion, New York

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2012). Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment—and Your Life. Sounds True, Boulder CO.

Santorelli, S. (1999). Heal Thyself: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine. New York: Crown Publishers.

Secondary Resources


Orsillo, S. Roemer, L. The Mindful Way Through Anxiety: Break Free from Chronic Worry and Reclaim Your Life. New York: Guilford Press.

Roemer, L., Orsillo, S. Roemer, L., Orsillo, S. Mindfulness- and Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapies in Practice (Guides to Individualized Evidence-Based Treatment). New York: Guilford Press.

Rosenbaum, Elana (2005). Here for Now; Living with Cancer through Mindfulness. Satya House, Hardwick MA.

Segal, Z. V., Williams, J. M. G., & Teasdale, J. D. (2002). Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse. New York: Guilford Press.

Williams, J. M. G., Teasdale, J. D., Segal, Z. V., & Kabat-Zinn, J. (2007). The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness. New York: Guilford Press.

Articles   (To read, click on the article)

Carmody, J., Mindfulness Meditation Training Changes Brain Structure in Eight Weeks. Science Daily (Jan 2011), (adapted from: Hölzel, B.K, Carmody, J., Vangel, M., Congleton, C., Yerramsetti, S.M., Gard, T., Lazar, S.W., Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 2011; 191 (1), p. 36)

Creswell, J.D., Irwin, M.R, Burklund, L.J, Lieberman, M.D., Arevalo, J.M.G, Ma, J., Breen, E.C., Cole, S.W.; Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training reduces loneliness and pro-inflammatory gene expression in older adults: A small randomized controlled trial, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, Vol. 26, No. 7, Oct. 2012: 1095-1101.

Davidson, R. J., Kabat-Zinn, J., Schumacher, J., Rosenkranz, M., Muller, D., Santorelli, S. F. et al. (2003). Alterations in brain and immune function produced by mindfulness meditation. Psychosomatic Medicine, 65 (4), pp. 564-570.

Epel, E.S., Blackburn, E.H, Lin, J., Dhabhar, F.S., Adler, N.E., Morrow, J.D., Cawthon, R.M. (2004), Accelerated telomere shortening in response to life stress. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101 (49), pp. 17312-17315.

Handlin, D. (2006). Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. New Jersey Psychologist, Fall 2006, 56 (4), pp. 19-20.

Handlin, D. (2006). A psychologist's journey toward the integration of mindfulness-based stress reduction and psychotherapy: Beginning again. New Jersey Psychologist, Fall 2006, 56 (4), pp. 27-30.

Handlin, D. (2007). Mindfulness and Psychotherapy II, Attention: The heart of mindfulness and psychotherapy. New Jersey Psychologist, Winter 2007, 57 (1), pp. 19-20.

Handlin, D. (2009). The Perfect Present: How practicing mindfulness can reduce stress and improve your sense of well-being. New Jersey Life, May 2009.

Handlin, D. (2016). Election Letter 2016

Heller, R. Buddhism's Pain Relief, Buddhadharma magazine, Fall 2010, pp. 34-91.

Hölzel, B.K., Carmody, J., Evans, K.C., Hoge, E.A., Diusek, J.A., Morgan, L., et al. (2010), Stress reduction correlates with structural changes in the amygdala. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (5), pp. 11-17.

Hölzel, B.K., Carmody, J., Vangel, M., Congleton, C., Yerramsetti, S.M., Gard, T., & Lazar, S.W. (2011), Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density, Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, (191), pp. 36-42.

Hoppes, K. (2006). The application of mindfulness-based cognitive interventions in the treatment of co-occurring addictive and mood disorders. CNS Spectrums, 22 (11), pp. 829-851.

Jain, S., Shapiro, S. L., Swanick, S., Roesch, S. C, Mills, P. J., Bell, L, & Schwartz, G. E. R. (2007). A randomized controlled trial of mindfulness meditation versus relaxation training: Effects on distress, positive states of mind, rumination, and distraction. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 33 (1), pp. 11-21.

Kabat-Zinn, J., Wheeler, E., Light, T., Skillings, A., Scharf, M.J., Cropley, T.G., Hosmer, D., Bernhard, J. 1998. Influence of a mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention on rates of skin clearing in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis undergoing phototherapy (UVB) and photochemotherapy (PUVA), Psychosomatic Medicine (60), pp. 625-632.

Kristeller, J.L. and Hallet, C.B., 1999. An exploratory study of a meditation-based intervention for binge-eating disorder. Journal of Health Psychology (4), pp. 357-363.

Lazar, S. W., Kerr, C. E., Wasserman, R. H., Gray, J. R., Greve, D. N., Treadway, M. T. et al. (2005). Meditation experience is associated with increased cortical thickness. Neuroreports 26 (17), pp. 1893-1897.

Price, Catherine (2010), "Learning to exhale", originally published in The Oprah Magazine, September 2010, p. 206. (To read an abbreviated version, click here)

Speeth, K.R. (1982). On psychotherapeutic attention. The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 14 (2), pp. 141-160.

Wallace, B. A., & Shapiro, S. L. (2006). Mental balance and well-being: Building bridges between Buddhism and western psychology. American Psychologist, 61 (7), pp. 690-701.

Walsh, Roger & Shapiro, Shauna L. (2006), The Meeting of Meditative Disciplines and Western Psychology: A Mutually Enriching Dialogue, American Psychologist. 6 (3). pp. 227-239.

Additional Optional Resources

Epstein, M. (1995). Thoughts without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist perspective. New York: Basic Books.

Germer, C. K., Siegel, R. D., & Fulton, P. R. (Eds.). (2005). Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. New York: Guilford Press.

Siegel, D. J. (2007). The Mindful Brain. New York: W. W. Norton.

Stern, D. (2004). The Present Moment in Psychotherapy in Everyday Life. New York: Norton.


Handlin, D., The Living Moment, Newsletter of the MBSR Center of NJ
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Jon Kabat-Zinn discusses the scientific research on MBSR and its relationship to health,
Google talk, YouTube, March 8, 2007.

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