Through the MSc Studies in Mindfulness degree programme and together with the University of Aberdeen, the Mindfulness Association has been fostering a burgeoning community in the field of mindful research.

With over 350 students having moved through the program, there have been many diverse research projects investigating the application of mindfulness in a variety of workplace settings.

Moreover, The Mindfulness Association has also been conducting research into the charitable work of The Everyone Project: a project, which offers the eight-week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) to groups who are not otherwise able to access a mindfulness course. These groups might include those on a low wage or unemployed, poor and/or isolated elderly people, volunteers, carers and disability groups.

Also, the MA has and continues to sponsor various PhDs in Studies in Mindfulness through the University of Aberdeen.

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Family Carers

Investigation into the negative effects of a caring role on a group of family carers

As part of her MSc Studies in Mindfulness Jacky Seery conducted an investigation into the negative effects of a caring role on a group of family carers and the impact of a 10-week Mindfulness, Compassion and Qigong Course (MCQC) tailored to meet their specific needs.

As a result, she contributed a chapter to the Mindful Heroes book.  The book is a collection of stories of research from MSc Studies in Mindfulness graduates. Profits from the sale of the book are donated to the Everyone Project.

Jacky’s chapter is based on her research study for the MSc and is entitled: Turning Empathic Distress into Compassion – A Hero’s Journey for Family Carers.

You can download a free sample of her chapter from the book here.

Living A Mindful Life

An Hermeneutic Phenomenological Inquiry Into The Lived Experience Of Secular Mindfulness, Compassion And Insight

Dr. Jane Kellock has just completed her PhD on ‘Living A Mindful Life: An Hermeneutic Phenomenological Inquiry Into The Lived Experience Of Secular Mindfulness, Compassion And Insight’.

 

You can read more by downloading ‘An Hermeneutic Phenomenological Inquiry Into The Lived Experience Of Secular Mindfulness, Compassion And Insight’

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Mindfulness Based Living Course for Young Adults

(MBLC-YA)

Heather Grace Bond is currently enrolled in the PhD programme. Heather’s PhD is focusing on the potential role of mindfulness and self-compassion in Scottish secondary schools.

For her mixed methods study, Heather has created an adolescent version of the Mindfulness Association’s 8-week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) called the MBLC-YA.

She will be delivering the intervention in a number of Scottish secondary schools in 2018 and 2019 in a quasi-randomised controlled trial.

How is the MBLC experienced by marginalised and isolated groups?

(MBLC)

Moira Harris is currently enrolled on the PhD programme. She is continuing the research into the Everyone Project, exploring how the Mindfulness Based Living Course is experienced by marginalised and isolated groups.  Some critics of mindfulness argue it has become a commodified palliative that serves to accommodate people to individualistic, consumerist, and corporate values and Moira is curious to explore if the MA’s compassion-focussed approach might offer a more radical, emancipatory potential. 

Living A Mindful Life

An Hermeneutic Phenomenological Inquiry Into The Lived Experience Of Secular Mindfulness, Compassion And Insight

Dr. Jane Kellock has just completed her PhD on ‘Living A Mindful Life: An Hermeneutic Phenomenological Inquiry Into The Lived Experience Of Secular Mindfulness, Compassion And Insight’.

 

You can read more by downloading ‘An Hermeneutic Phenomenological Inquiry Into The Lived Experience Of Secular Mindfulness, Compassion And Insight’

Download Here

Mindfulness Based Living Course for Young Adults

(MBLC-YA)

Heather Grace Bond is currently enrolled in the PhD programme. Heather’s PhD is focusing on the potential role of mindfulness and self-compassion in Scottish secondary schools.

For her mixed methods study, Heather has created an adolescent version of the Mindfulness Association’s 8-week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) called the MBLC-YA.

She will be delivering the intervention in a number of Scottish secondary schools in 2018 and 2019 in a quasi-randomised controlled trial.

How is the MBLC experienced by marginalised and isolated groups?

(MBLC)

Moira Harris is currently enrolled on the PhD programme. She is continuing the research into the Everyone Project, exploring how the Mindfulness Based Living Course is experienced by marginalised and isolated groups.  Some critics of mindfulness argue it has become a commodified palliative that serves to accommodate people to individualistic, consumerist, and corporate values and Moira is curious to explore if the MA’s compassion-focussed approach might offer a more radical, emancipatory potential. 

The Effects Of The 8-Week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC)

When Delivered To A Mixed Group Of Health Care Staff: A Prospective Pilot Study

There is a substantial body of research that highlights the causes and negative implications that prolonged exposure to stress may have for health care staff (HCS). In an attempt to address this, the current study examined the effects of the Mindfulness Based Living Course on a mixed group of HCS when delivered during the working day. A total of 31 HCS participated in this prospective uncontrolled pilot study. 28 of the 31 HCS (90%) remained in the study and 26 of the 31 (84%) participants completed a minimum of six of the eight weekly sessions.

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Studies In Mindfulness

Widening The Field For All Involved In Pastoral Care

Mindfulness as practiced and taught in UK Universities, is secular and does not involve or require involvement in any religion or commitment to any particular belief system. That said, secular mindfulness is a form of meditation, and it draws upon Buddhist practices and psychological theory. The inclusion of mindfulness in pastoral care provision in HE requires, therefore, a good understanding of its historical development and the underpinning theory, as well as knowledge of specific practices. As a contribution to developing current practice, approaches and thinking in pastoral care, we aim in this paper to provide a comprehensive overview of the current provision of mindfulness courses within UK Higher Education.

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Mindfulness In The Workplace:

An Evidence-Based Approach To Improving Wellbeing And Maximizing Performance

Mindfulness-based interventions in organisations offer the potential to build individual and organizational resilience, engage employees and address workplace stress. Mindfulness in the Workplace is a practical guide written for practitioners who want to learn how mindfulness can be used as a change management and organisational development strategy.

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Everyone Project, Cohort 1

Quantitative Analysis Of Pre And Post Mindfulness Based Living Course Data; Initial Findings.

A summary of the quantitative results from the pre- and post- MBLC course questionnaires returned from the first cohort of Everyone funded projects. 120 pre-course questionnaires were received and 74 post-course, giving 74 paired questionnaires used in the analyses presented.

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Everyone Project, Cohort 2

Report On The Quantitative Analysis Of Pre And Post Mindfulness Based Living Course Questionnaires.

A summary of results from the pre- and post- MBLC course questionnaires completed as part of the second cohort of Everyone funded projects. This follows on from the research carried out on the first cohort of Everyone projects, and the report produced for this in March 2017.

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Mindfulness Based Living

An Exploratory Study With Health Care Staff

Vida basada en el Mindfulness: estudio exploratorio con el personal sanitaria

Mindfulness based living an exploratory study with health care staff.

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