College Mindfulness Training is a ground-breaking book that carefully combines selected meditation exercises with guidance explaining the background, scientific context, and practical applications of mindfulness practice. More than just a meditation manual, this book details how and why personal mindfulness practice is essential for the college-aged student. In addition to extensive practical exercises for both beginner and intermediate-level meditation students, the author explores the kinds of institutions and organizations that have arisen out of the popular mindfulness movement and what career options in the field may be available in the future.
Throughout the manual, the author provides readers with insights into basic meditation techniques; active and passive meditation techniques; Focused Attention Meditation in both guided and self-guided forms; Open Monitoring Meditation; informal meditation exercises; a brief history of the MBSR program and Koru meditation; a survey of current apps and meditation-supportive technology platforms; and detailed instructions for self-driven practice, and a semester-long outline for teachers.
A captivating read, this book covers many of the essentials of mindfulness meditation and self-care of interest to college students, making it an essential tool for those of college age seeking to practice mindfulness meditation as well as college educators seeking a guided system to enhance their students’ emotional well-being and academic performance.
"College Mindfulness Training is a unique and comprehensive offering. The book offers practical, accessible guidance for college students who want to develop a personal mindfulness practice to support them not only in facing the day-to-day challenges of college life, but in thriving in college and beyond. It also offers faculty who are committed to sharing these practices with students step-by-step guides to both the essential preparation of establishing a personal mindfulness practice, and to offering a for-credit, semester long course. Ultimately, this book will support both students and faculty in developing a personal mindfulness practice and reaping the scientifically proven benefits— experiencing less stress, anxiety and depression, and greater resilience, equanimity and contentment."
Amy Saltzman, MD, author of the A Still Quiet Place series, for educators, teens, and athletes
Acknowledgments Introduction—The Roots of CMT 1. What Exactly is Mindfulness 2. Attention and Distraction in the Digital Age 3. What is MBSR (and What it is Not)? 4. Mindfulness in Everyday Life 5. Mind/Body Fitness 6. Apps, Gadgets and Mindful Technology Use 7. Mindfulness Programs and Initiatives 8. Individual CMT Practice 9. CMT in an Institutional Setting Appendix A—Sample CMT Course Syllabus Appendix B—Research Articles and Book Resources Appendix C—Organizations, Programs, and Apps