Newspaper and magazine articles: for scientific articles obtainable on the internet, scroll down.


On Anxiety:

Neuroscience says listening to this song reduces anxiety by up to 65%

By Melanie Curtin, Inc.Com


On the Present Moment:

The Dharma of Distraction

The Dharma of Distraction

On Creativity:

Guy Claxton, What’s the big idea?  The Guardian, Sept 22, 2002.


On Meditation and the Mind:

Jian Xu, Alexandra Vik, Inge R. Groote, Jim Lagopoulos, Are Holen, Øyvind Ellingsen, Asta K. Håberg, Svend Davanger. Nondirective meditation activates default mode network and areas associated with memory retrieval and emotional processing.   Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Published February 26 2014. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00086

Creswell JD et al. Alterations in resting state functional connectivity link mindfulness meditation with reduced interleukin-6: a randomized controlled trial.   Biological Psychiatry, Published Online January 29 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2016.01.008

Addicted to Distraction

New York Times Sunday Review, Opinion piece by TONY SCHWARTZ

Manolita’s note: A must-read!

The Benefits of Getting Comfortable With Uncertainty

Julie Beck, The Atlantic, Oct 9, 2015

Manolita’s note: Very informative on our tendencies when faced with uncertainty and ambiguity.


Can We End the Meditation Madness?  

New York Times, Oct. 9, 2015

The Roots of Mindfulness

Tablet, By Michelle Goldberg, October 8, 2015

The Roots of Mindfulness

Manolita’s note: This is interesting if you’re interested in how a Buddhist practice evolved into the Western mindfulness practice we are familiar with (and that I am teaching) today.

This Graphic Shows What Stress Does to Your Body

By Alexandra Sifferlin and Heather Jones, Time Magazine, Aug. 17, 2015 


Mindfulness Meditation Benefits: 20 Reasons Why It’s Good For Your Mental And Physical Health

By , The Huffington Post, July 20, 2015

The Higher Life, Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, July 6, 2015.



The Muddied Meaning of Mindfulness, Virginia Heffernan, The New York Times Magazines, April 14, 2015.


Meditation for Strivers, Jacob Rubin, July 10, 2014.



7 Ways to Sharpen Your Focus, Huffpost Healthy Living, January 27, 2015

Mindfulness therapy comes at a high price for some, say experts

Can You Rewire Your Brain to Change Bad Habits, Thoughts, and Feelings? 

Psychotherapy Networker [1] / By Bruce Ecker [2], Robin Ticic [3], Laurel Hulley [4]

Published July 2013 on Alternet (

Mindfulness Comes to Work, Carol Harnett, Human Resource Online, February 10, 2014


What Tibetan Buddhism Can Teach Us About Happiness, Carolyn Grégoire, Huffington Post, Feb 6, 2014


The Mindful Revolution, Kate Pickert, Time magazine, Feb 3, 2014

Study reveals gene expression changes with meditationDec. 4, 2013, by Jill SakaiU. of Wisconsin-Madison News


How Stress Gets Under the Skin: Q&A With Neuroscientist Bruce McEwen

Renowned neuroscientist Bruce McEwen talks about good stress and toxic stress in an interview published by Time magazine.

Even Mild Stress Can Make It Difficult to Control Your Emotions 

Doctor’s Orders: 20 Minutes Of Meditation Twice a Day, Wall Street Journal, Sumathi Reddy, April 15, 2013.  

Meditation Boosts Genes That Promote Good Health, New Scientist, 2 May 2013 by Andy Coghlan.

Scientific articles obtainable on the internet, either free or from PubMed:

How you perceive stress can make a difference to your health:

The 7 Qualities of Mindfulness Trained in the Body Scan

Meditation’s Effects on Emotion Shown to Persist, by Traci Pedersen, Psych Central


Cognitive emotion regulation fails the stress test. Candace M. Raio, Temidayo A. Orederu, Laura Palazzolo, Ashley A. Shurick, and Elizabeth A. Phelps. PNAS, August 26, 2013 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1305706110

Mindfulness:  A Proposed Operational Definition. Bishop S. et al. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 2006, 11(3):230-241.

I Think, Therefore I Am (Unhappy). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2012; 6: 132. Juergen Fell, Dept. of Epileptology, University of Bonn, Germany. Published online 2012 May 16: doi: 10.3389/fnhum2012.00132. Free article.

A wandering mind is an unhappy mind. Killingsworth, M. A., Gilbert D.T. (2010)  Science 330, 932. doi: 10.1126/science. 1192430. (PubMed)

Shifting moods, wandering minds: negative moods lead the mind to wander. Smallwood, J. et al (2009). Emotion 9, 271-276. doi: 10.1037/10014855 (PubMed)

The Neurobiology of Bliss—Sacred and Profane: Sex in the brain and what it reveals about the neuroscience of deep pleasure.  Natalia Webb, July 12, 2011.


Traumatic stress: effects on the brain. JD Bremner. Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2006;8:445–61. The Role of Acceptance and Job Control in Mental Health, Job Satisfaction, and Work Performance. Bond, Frank W.; Bunce, David.

Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol 88(6), Dec 2003, 1057-1067.

A randomized controlled trial of mindfulness meditation versus relaxation training: Effects on distress, positive states of mind, rumination, and distractionS Jain, SL Shapiro, S Swanick, SC Roesch… – Annals of Behavioral …, 2007 – Springer

Meditation experience is associated with increased cortical thickness. Sarah Lazar et al. Neuroreport. 2005 November 28; 16(17): 1893–1897. Free article. (This is only one of many of Sarah Lazar’s researches on meditation and the brain, I recommend you take a look at her work.)

Can meditation slow rate of cellular aging? Cognitive stress, mindfulness, and telomeres. Elissa Epel, PhD.,1,* Jennifer Daubenmier, Ph.D.,1 Judith T. Moskowitz, Ph.D.,2 Susan Folkman, PhD.,2 and Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD.3.  Free article

Psychological and neural mechanisms of trait mindfulness in reducing depression vulnerability. Natalie A. Paul,1 Steven J. Stanton,2 Jeffrey M. Greeson,3,4 Moria J. Smoski,3 and Lihong Wang1,3,5


Alterations in Brain and Immune Function Produced by Mindfulness Meditation

Davidson, Kabat-Zinn, Schumacher, Rosenkranz, Muller, Santorelli, Urbanowski, Harrington, Bonus, and Sheridan.

Psychosomatic Medicine 65:564–570 (2003). Free online



An online bulletin started by Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist, Buddhist, published bimonthly on meditation, the brain, and well-being with articles, quotes, links:

Wise Brain Bulletin

Blog: Psychology Today

–       Retrain your stressed-out brain, Dan Goleman

–       How Mindfulness Meditation Alters the Brain, Sian Bellock

–       Changing Your Brain By Changing Your Mind, Melanie Greenberg



–       Stress and Neural Wreckage: Part of the Brain Plasticity Puzzle, Alvaro Fernandez

–       Are yoga and meditation good for my brain? Caroline Latham


Andrea Grabovacs writes a blog and it is well worth having a look at—I’ve attached one article on Mindfulness. she is a psychiatrist and a meditator:

the relationship between mindfulness and mental health


Center for Mindfulness

If you would like to do a retreat with CFM teachers, like Jon Kabat-Zinn and/or Saki Santorelli;

if you want to train to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction,

check the website of the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts.   You can email me for more info on what one has to do.


Free talks to download:


Sharon Salzberg on lovingkindness or ‘metta’ is simply amazing.  You can find her here, as well as many other teachers, like Andrea Fella who talks about happiness, Ajahn Chah, a great Thai Buddhist teacher, or Henepola Gunaratana, a well-known Sri Lankan monk who wrote the book Mindfulness in Plain English, or Sayadaw U Tejaniya, a Burmese monk who has a growing reputation for his teaching :


Insight Meditation Society, in New England, USA.

This is the oldest Western Buddhist center in the US, with good audio resources and retreats led by respected teachers.

The above is my site where I present the programs I teach in Geneva. I post links to places for retreats, in Switzerland, or nearby countries.

I also have a FB community page, Mindfulness Geneve, where I post inspirational quotes, I report on retreats I have attended, teachers I have appreciated.