Useful Links!

mag glass 2 There are literally countless ways to “get there,” but we’ve compiled a list of resources that can help you get started.

There are many resources available for free and for fee, here’s a excellent free guided meditations and resources, in addition to those listed below.



Personal Recommendations

Betsy Jacobs: Therapist Specializing in Trauma who helped me through some tough times

Radiolab: Mind-blowing radio show that investigates everything science

Brett Avelin: Life Coach who helped get me through some tough times

Neurosculpting Institute: How to rewire your brain; founded by Lisa Wimberger, an expert in trauma and the neural processes that help heal.

Sounds True: Myriad resources, free and for-fee–a leader in the field

Rick Hanson: Neuropsychologist, author of Hardwiring Happiness and Buddha’s Brain Many excellent articles and free resources

Dr. Dispenza: Video explanation of how neurons wire together in response to our repeated actions

Jon Kabat-Zinn: Pioneer in bringing Eastern philosophy into medical practice. (On Being interview here.)

Charles Duhigg: Author of the Power of Habit

On Being: NPR Podcast that explores the spiritual and inner worlds

Greater Good Science Center: Berkeley’s Center that focuses on

PysBlogPsychologist Dr. Jeremy Dean’s engaging series of articles on the brain and author of Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why we do things, Why we Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick.


Scholars / Teachers / Luminaries

Thich Nhat Hanh: Vietnamese Buddhist; prolific author; Zen Master

The Dalai Lama: Spiritual leader of the people of Tibet; simple Buddhist monk (his words)

Richard Davidson: Neurologist at the University of Wisconsin–expert in the science of meditation

Sara Lazar: Neurologist from MIT–expert in mapping what happens in the brains of long-term meditators [Ancient Brain post here]

Evan Thompson: Philosopher, cognitive scientist

Tara Brach: Leading psychologist and mindfulness expert [Ancient Brain post here].

Mark Coleman: Expert in Insight Meditation/Nature-based mindfulness practice

Jack Kornfield:  Expert in Insight Meditation/Buddhism

Sharon Salzberg: Expert in Insight Meditation/Buddhism

Jon Kabat Zinn: Founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction  [Ancient Brain post here]

Deric Bownds: Excellent blog on all things brain

Daniel Goleman: Expert on mindfulness in the workplace; emphasis on importance of focus


Mindfulness, Yoga, etc.

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health: Kripalu is a famous campus in that hosts a broad range of retreats. Here’s a link to free yoga training/exercise videos.

The Centre for Mindfulness Studies: The Centre for Mindfulness Studies is a registered charity in Toronto, Ontario. The center offers mindfulness-based therapies  and professional training for health care and social service providers.

Mindful Awareness Research Center (UCLA)

Mindfulness Research

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (home page) MBSR at Sounds True–online course


Psychological Resources

Hardwiring Happiness: Rick Hanson’s accessible explanation about how our brains work–and how they can work for us.

Authentic Happiness

Awakening Joy – James Baraz & Shoshana Alexander

First 30 Days

Good Therapy

Inward Traveler

Mental Help Net

My Path TV

Out of the Well (of depression)

Psychology Degree

Psychology Information Online


Yoga for Depression



The Healer is You

The Practical Nurse

You are the Placebo: Making the Mind Matter: By Dr. Joseph Dispenza on how thoughts can change your brain and body. [See also Ancient Brain post on the Placebo Effect here]




The Accidental Mind

How To Be Sick

Mind in Life

Psyche’s Palace

Synaptic Self




Cranky Fitness

Developing Intelligence

Frontal Cortex

Healing Whole


Imperfect Spirituality

Life Beyond Logic

Meditation Corner

The Mindful Moment

Mindfully Managing Diabetes

The Pen and the Bell

Pocket Perspectives

Stressing Out




Center for Building a Culture of Empathy

Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

The Dana Foundation

Edge Foundation


Fetzer Institute

Institute of Noetic Sciences

Kira Institute


Metanexus Institute

Mind and Life Institute

Monroe Institute

My Grey Matters

NeuroLeadership Institute

Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience (UC Berkeley)

Sage Center

Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies

Swartz Foundation

Yoga Science Foundation


Professional Associations


American Academy of Neurology

American Psychological Association

Association for Appled Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

GAINS (interpersonal neurobiology)




Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Beautiful Brain

Science Magazine




365 Nirvana

Abhayagiri Monastery

Access to Insight


Assoc for Mindfulness in Education

Awakening Joy (James Baraz)

Bodhi Monastery

Buddha Net

Buddhist Channel

Buddhist Geeks

Buddhist Library

Dalai Lama and Barbara Walters

Deep Streams

Dharma Gleanings

Dharma Net

Dharma Seed

Dharma Talks (Ajahn Chah and others)

Dhamma Tube

Dharma Web

Gaia House


Inquiring Mind

Insight Meditation Center (Gil Fronsdal)

Insight Meditation, San Francisco (Eugene Cash)

Insight Meditation, Washington DC (Tara Brach)

Interdependence Project

Intro to Meditation (Gil Fronsdal)

Intro to Meditation (Phil Jones)

Jhanas Advice

Life Balance Institute

Metta Foundation (Gregory Kramer)

Mindfulness for Young Children

New York Insight Meditation Center

No Bull Dharma


Pema Chodren and Bill Moyers

S. N. Goenka

Sati Center

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Straight from the Heart

Thai Nuns

Vajrapani Institute


Social Justice

Buddhist Peace Fellowship

Compassion Project

Council for Human Rights of Children

Greater Good Magazine

Pluralism Project



Ebb & Flow

Nothing but Hope and Passion

 Huffington Post GPS for the Soul: Some good tips and articles.

Family Life


Child and Family Web Guide (Tufts Univ)

Essential Parenting

Kinder Start

The Marce Society

Mindful Motherhood

Mother Nurture

Mothering Magazine

Postpartum Support International

Raising Happiness (Christine Carter, Ph.D.)



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