For Your Further Exploration and Reflection

Inseus offers clients and others interested in knowing more about the science, techniques, and practice of mindfulness a rich source of news, white papers, research reports, and thought leadership.

The resources provided here are compatible with the principles that Inseus supports, but do not necessarily reflect our particular approach to mindfulness training or the combination of services we offer.


Articles

Centered Leadership: How Talented Women Thrive
Joanna Barsh, Susie Cranston, and Rebecca A. Craske
McKinsey Quarterly, September 2008
A new approach to leadership can help women become more self-confident and effective business leaders.

Here’s What Mindfulness Is (and Isn’t) Good For
Daniel Goleman
Harvard Business Review, September 28, 2017
By better understanding when mindfulness is the right approach, HR and training programs can better enhance both leader performance and employee wellbeing.

Mindfulness as a Management Technique Goes Back to at Least the 1970s
Jim Butcher
Harvard Business Review, May 02, 2018
Although mindfulness may seem to be a fairly new phenomenon, it’s not. It first influenced business decades ago, through the development of an unmistakably hard skill that senior managers must master: strategic planning.

Mindfulness: Multiply Productivity Through Undivided Attention
Alberto Ribera and J.L. Guillén
Rotman Management, Spring 2015
Mindfulness can empower you to replace knee-jerk reactions with more conscious—and ultimately more efficient—behaviour.

How Mindfulness Can Drastically Improve Your Business
Kumar Arora
Inc., February 2, 2018
Mindfulness is a powerful tool for even the most successful entrepreneurs.

Beyond The Brain: Mindfulness For Leaders
Christine Comaford
Forbes, September 17, 2016
Going beyond the brain is the next frontier of leadership.

10 Ways to Be More Mindful at Work
Shamash Alidina
Mindful, June 8, 2016
You don’t need to block out 30 minutes to practice meditation in order to experience the benefits of mindfulness at work. Here are a few ways you can stay in the present moment to do your best during a busy day.

This is Your Brain on Mindfulness
Michael Baime
Shambhala Sun, July 2011

Meditators say their practice fundamentally changes the way they experience life. Michael Baime reports on how modern neuroscience is explaining this in biological terms.


Books

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
Eckhart Tolle
Paperback 336 pages, 2008

With his bestselling spiritual guide The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived “in the now.” In A New Earth, Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.

A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”
Marianne Williamson
Paperback 336 pages, 1996

Williamson reveals how we each can become a miracle worker by accepting the expression of love in our daily lives. Whether psychic pain is in the area of relationships, career, or health, she shows us how love is a potent force, the key to inner peace, and how by practicing love we can make our own lives more fulfilling while creating a more peaceful and loving world for our children.

Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health
Belisa Vranich
Paperback 240 pages, 2016

Dr. Vranich shows readers how to turn back the tide of stress and illness, and improve the overall quality of their life through a daily breathing workout. In a fascinating, straightforward, jargon-free exploration of how our bodies were meant to breathe, Dr. Belisa Vranich delves into the ins and outs of proper breathing. By combining both anatomy and fitness with psychology and mindfulness, Dr. Vranich gives readers a way of solving health problems at the crux and healing themselves from the inside out. Breathe is an easy-to-follow guide to breathing exercises that will increase energy, help lose weight, and make readers feel calmer and happier.

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom
Rick Hanson, PhD
Paperback 251 pages, 2009

By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Buddha’s Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. Using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you’ll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life.

Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership
Janice Marturano
Paperback 208 pages, 2015

Janice Marturano, a senior executive with decades of experience in Fortune 500 corporations, explains how Mindful Leadership training integrates the practice of mindfulness—meditation and self-awareness—with the practical tools of management, enabling leaders to bring a wider range of their capacities to the challenges at hand. We already know from scientific research that mindfulness practices enhance mental health and improve clarity and focus. Finding the Space to Lead shows how this training has specific value for leaders.

Full Catastrophe Living (Revised Edition): Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Paperback 720 pages, 2013

The landmark work on mindfulness, meditation, and healing, now revised and updated after twenty-five years.

Stress. It can sap our energy, undermine our health if we let it, even shorten our lives. It makes us more vulnerable to anxiety and depression, disconnection and disease. Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this classic, groundbreaking work—which gave rise to a whole new field in medicine and psychology—shows you how to use medically proven mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga to counteract stress, establish greater balance of body and mind, and stimulate well-being and healing. By engaging in these mindfulness practices and integrating them into your life from moment to moment and from day to day, you can learn to manage chronic pain, promote optimal healing, reduce anxiety and feelings of panic, and improve the overall quality of your life, relationships, and social networks. This second edition features results from recent studies on the science of mindfulness, a new Introduction, up-to-date statistics, and an extensive updated reading list. Full Catastrophe Living is a book for the young and the old, the well and the ill, and anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in our fast-paced world.

How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind
Pema Chödrön
Hardcover 184 pages, 2013

More and more people are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, compassion, and aliveness. Meditation, Pema explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning. This comprehensive guide shows readers how to honestly meet and openly relate with the mind to embrace the fullness of our experience as we discover:

  • The basics of meditation, from getting settled and the six points of posture to working with your breath and cultivating an attitude of unconditional friendliness
  • The Seven Delights—how moments of difficulty can become doorways to awakening and love
  • Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises
  • Thoughts and emotions as “sheer delight”—instead of obstacles—in meditation

Man’s Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl
Paperback 184 pages, 2006

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl’s theory, known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (“meaning”), holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga
Katrina Kenison and Rolf Gates
Paperback 448 pages, 2002

Three hundred sixty-five daily reflections offering a way to integrate the mindfulness that yoga teaches into everyday life, from the acclaimed yoga teacher, Rolf Gates.

As more and more people in the West pursue yoga in its various forms, whether at traditional centers, in the high-powered atmosphere of sports clubs, or on their own, they begin to realize that far from being just another exercise routine, yoga is a discipline of the body and the mind. Whether used in the morning to set the tone for the day, during yoga exercise itself, or at the end of the day, during evening reflection, the daily reflections in Meditations from the Mat will support and enhance anyone’s yoga journey.

Mindful Leadership: The 9 Ways to Self-Awareness, Transforming Yourself, and Inspiring Others
Maria Gonzalez
Hardcover 224 pages, 2012

If you thought leading a team or organization meant simply creating and implementing a financial plan, delegating responsibility, and watching the bottom line, well, you’re only partly right. True leadership comes from within, a place of deep calm and focus, that allows you to respond to any situation as it arises. In Mindful Leadership, you’ll learn how to draw on those inner reserves through Mindfulness Meditation, a tool you can use to achieve focus and clarity, reduce stress, and develop the presence of mind to meet any number of challenges.

The book opens up a world of meditation exercises that can be done anywhere, anytime (no chanting or patchouli required!) and that are the gateway to improved judgment and decision making, improved time management, enhanced team effectiveness, greater productivity, and more on-the-job inspiration and innovation.

Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out
David Gelles
Paperback 304 pages, 2016

Many American companies, including some of our largest—such as General Mills, Ford, Target, and Google—have built extensive programs to foster mindful practices among their workers. Mindful Work is the first book to explain how all sorts of businesses and any kind of worker can benefit from meditation, yoga, and other mindful techniques. Mindfulness lowers stress, increases mental focus, and alleviates depression among workers. It has also benefited companies that have adopted it—from the millions of dollars Aetna has saved in health-care costs to the ways Patagonia has combined leadership in its market with a pervasively mindful outlook. Mindful Work offers an eye-opening tour through this new landscape, and goes beyond other books on the subject by providing evidence for the practical benefits of mindfulness and showing readers how to become more mindful themselves.

Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
Sharon Salzberg
Paperback 224 pages, 2010

There is no better person to show a beginner how to harness the power of meditation than Sharon Salzberg, one of the world’s foremost meditation teachers and spiritual authors. Cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, author of Lovingkindness, Faith, and other books, Ms. Salzberg distills 30 years of teaching meditation into a 28-day program that will change lives. It is not about Buddhism, it’s not esoteric―it is closer to an exercise, like running or riding a bike. From the basics of posture, breathing, and the daily schedule to the finer points of calming the mind, distraction, dealing with specific problem areas (pain in the legs? falling asleep?) to the larger issues of compassion and awareness, Real Happiness is a complete guide. It explains how meditation works; why a daily meditation practice results in more resiliency, creativity, peace, clarity, and balance; and gives twelve meditation practices, including mindfulness meditation and walking meditation. An extensive selection of her students’ FAQs cover the most frequent concerns of beginners who meditate―“Is meditation selfish?” “How do I know if I’m doing it right?” “Can I use meditation to manage weight?”

Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace
Sharon Salzberg
Paperback 272 pages, 2013

Real Happiness at Work brings the profound benefits of meditation to an area where people could use it most―the workplace. And it’s written by one of the world’s leading meditation teachers.

A follow-up to Real Happiness, the New York Times bestseller, Sharon Salzberg’s Real Happiness at Work is a practical guide to improving work life through mindfulness, compassion, and ingenuity. It’s about being committed without being consumed, competitive without being cruel, managing time and emotions to counterbalance stress and frustration. It shows readers how to be more creative, organized, and accomplished in order to do better, more productive work.

Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)
Chade-Meng Tan
Paperback 288 pages, 2014

With Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan, one of Google’s earliest engineers and a personal growth pioneer, offers a proven method for enhancing mindfulness and emotional intelligence in life and work.

Meng’s job is to teach Google’s best and brightest how to apply mindfulness techniques in the office and beyond; now, readers everywhere can get insider access to one of the most sought after classes in the country, a course in health, happiness and creativity that is improving the livelihood and productivity of those responsible for one of the most successful businesses in the world.

Self-Compassion for Teens: 129 Activities & Practices to Cultivate Kindness
Lee-Anne Gray
Paperback 236 pages, 2016

Self-compassion is the key for teens to develop empathy and manage self-criticism, while increasing resilience and well-being.

The first of its kind, this book brings together 129 actionable mindfulness and compassion-building tools for teens to reduce suffering and cultivate kindness for themselves and the world around them. Perfect for clinicians, educators and parents, this resource is filled with exercises, worksheets and activities to cope with:

  • School Challenges
  • Bullying
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Trauma
  • Addiction
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Gender and sexual identity
  • Chronic and terminal illness

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success
Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, and Kaley Warner Klemp
Paperback 376 pages, 2015

Conscious leadership offers the antidote to fear. These pages contain a comprehensive road map to guide you to shift from fear-based to trust-based leadership. Once you learn and start practicing conscious leadership you’ll get results in the form of more energy, clarity, focus and healthier relationships. You’ll do more and more of what you are passionate about, and less of what you do out of obligation. You’ll have more fun, be happier, experience less drama and be more on purpose.

Your team will get results as well. They’ll be more collaborative, creative, energized and engaged. They’ll solve issues faster, and once resolved the issues won’t resurface. Drama and gossip will all but disappear, and the energy and resources that fueled them will be redirected towards innovation and creativity.

The Passionate Mind Revisited: Expanding Personal and Social Awareness
Diana Alstad and Joel Kramer
Paperback 400 pages, 2009

In exploring what it is to be a human social animal, The Passionate Mind Revisited offers fresh vantage points on life’s core issues: the nature of thought, authority and belief, pleasure and pain, desire and fear, identity, love and care, freedom, power, gender, time, meditation, violence, and evolution. By demonstrating how to inwardly see and break through one’s conditioning, the authors delve deeply into the nature and processes of the mind, including how subjectivity filters perception. This approach to self-inquiry can help free people from mechanical responses that develop from unexamined beliefs and habits. Dysfunctional worldviews and their values inhibit the creative solutions much needed in a perilous world of runaway change. This book, through its discussion and methodology, fosters curiosity and truth-seeking. Kramer and Alstad offer new insights on personal and global issues that can facilitate a necessary shift to conscious social evolution.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
Michael A. Singer
Paperback 200 pages, 2007

Co-published with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), The Untethered Soul begins by walking you through your relationship with your thoughts and emotions, helping you uncover the source and fluctuations of your inner energy. It then delves into what you can do to free yourself from the habitual thoughts, emotions, and energy patterns that limit your consciousness. Finally, with perfect clarity, this book opens the door to a life lived in the freedom of your innermost being.

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Paperback 304 pages, 2005

Stop trying to get somewhere. Be where you are already. Think the grass is always greener somewhere else or life is better in someone else’s shoes? If so, life will constantly disappoint you. True contentment comes from within—and you can uncover the spiritual treasure buried within you through meditation. Blending Western thought and Eastern practice, Wherever You Go, There You Are is the book that introduced meditation to America. Now you too can learn the simple practice of breathing and focus to keep yourself in the present. You’ll discover how to let stress wash over you rather than try to shut it out. You'll find strength where you least expect it and even take charge of your health by adjusting your perspective. Join the nearly one million Americans whose lives have been changed by this book and the empowering practice of meditation.

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
David Rock
Hardcover 308 pages, 2009

In Your Brain at Work, David Rock takes readers inside the heads—literally—of a modern two-career couple as they mentally process their workday to reveal how we can better organize, prioritize, remember, and process our daily lives. Rock, the author of Quiet Leadership and Personal Best, shows how it’s possible for this couple, and thus the reader, not only to survive in today’s overwhelming work environment but succeed in it—and still feel energized and accomplished at the end of the day.


Magazines

Mindful Magazine
https://www.mindful.org/magazine/