Love after Love
by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give Bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you have ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf.

the photographs, the desperate notes,
Peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Recommended Mindfulness Resources on the Web

University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness home page:

Mindful Magazine home page:

Media Articles on Meditation / Carey Charyk

Jamie Tobias Neely: Memories of Ream live on in the art of meditation (pdf download)

Kate Spencer: Meditation and the Multi-Tasker (pdf download)

NY Times, "How Mindfulness Can Make for Better Doctors"

Forbes Magazine "7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change the Brain"
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Scientific articles on Mindfulness

Mindfulness in Medicine- JAMA 2008;300(11):1350-1352
"In this Commentary, we define mindfulness, consider possible mechanisms, explore clinical applications, and identify challenges to the field."

Association of an Educational Program in Mindful Communication With Burnout, Empathy, and Attitudes Among Primary Care Physicians- JAMA -2009;302(12):1284-1293

Mindfulness-based stress reduction lowers psychological distress in medical students - Thomas Jefferson University; Mar 1, 2003
"Background: Medical students confront significant academic, psychosocial, and existential stressors throughout their training. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is an educational intervention designed to improve coping skills and reduce emotional distress."

Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators.

"Telomerase activity is a predictor of long-term cellular viability, which decreases with chronic psychological distress (Epel et al., 2004). Buddhist traditions claim that meditation decreases psychological distress and promotes well-being (e.g., Dalai Lama and Cutler, 2009)."

Books dealing with mindfulness and meditation

Brach, Tara. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha. New York: Bantam, 2003.

Chodron, Pema. Awakening Loving-kindness. Boston: Shambhala, 1996.

Gunaratana, Henepola. Mindfulness in Plain English. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2002

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. New York, NY: Delacorte, 1990.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. New York: Hyperion, 1994.

Levine, Stephen. A Gradual Awakening. Garden City, NY: Anchor, 1979.

Williams, J. Mark G., et al The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness. New York: Guilford, 2007.

Williams, Mark, and Danny Penman. Mindfulness: An Eight-week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World. Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2011.



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