RESOURCES for being mindful

Getting started and sustaining a mindfulness practice can be challenging – we can use all the help we can get!

Videos: Guided Meditations and Ways to Apply Mindfulness to Daily Living

Audios: Guided Meditations

Guided 25-minute body scan
15-minute guided meditation including the body, mind, feelings, and energies
Guided 25-minute gratitude in the body

Sitting Groups in the DC-MD-VA Area

These groups practice in the Zen Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh – some groups also offer retreats and Days of Mindfulness

Washington DC

Upper NW DC: Monday evening, Wednesday morning, and Friday noon meditations at Circle Yoga. Opening Heart Mindfulness Community FB page 

Dupont Circle: Friday mornings at St. Margaret’s Church, Connecticut Ave and Florida St NW. Opening Heart Mindfulness Community FB page 

16th St NW DC: Washington Mindfulness Community 


Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Sandy Springs, Gaitherburg & Columbia, MD: Stillwater Mindfulness Practice Center


Mindfulness Practice Community of Fairfax (MPCF)


15-minute teaching excerpt including how I discovered mindfulness practice, Froglessness, and basic mindfulness


  • Brown, The Presence Process: A Healing Journey into the Present Moment

  • Bryson, Don’t be Nice, be Real: Balancing Passion for Self with Compassion for Others

  • Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that can’t Stop Talking

  • Cameron, The Artist’s Way (mindful creativity)

  • Chodron, The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving Kindness

  • Cornell, The Power of Focusing: A Practical Guide to Emotional Self-Healing

  • Cornell, The Radical Acceptance of Everything: Living a Focusing Life

  • Hafiz, The Gift (poetry)

  • Hanson, Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom

  • Harper, Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health and Society: Black Female Vegans Speak

  • Hooks, All About Love: New Visions

  • Johnson, Aligned, Relaxed Resilient: The Physical Foundations of Mindfulness

  • Kaza, ed., Hooked: Buddhist Writings on on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume

  • Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

  • Levine, Who Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying

  • Mahon, Words to Be With: Thoughts from Annie

  • Mahon, Things I Did When I Was Hangry: Navigating a Peaceful Relationship with Food

  • Moffitt, Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering; Emotional Chaos to Clarity: How to Live More Skillfully,Make Better Decisions, and Find Purpose in Life

  • Neuman and Berkowitz, How to be Your Own Best Friend

  • Neumann, Not Quite Nirvana: A Skeptic’s Journey to Mindfulness

  • O’Malley, The Gift of our Compulsions: A Revolutionary Approach to Self-Acceptance and Healing

  • Oliver, New and Selected Poems

  • Powers, Hamlet’s Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

  • Ram Dass, Be Love Now: The Path of Heart

  • Rosenberg, Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation

  • Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication: Create your Life, Your Relationships, and your World in Harmony with your Values (CD)

  • Salzburg, A Heart as Wide as the World

  • Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step; True Love; Anger; The Miracle of Mindfulness

  • Thich Nhat Hanh and Cheung, Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life

  • Trungpa, Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness

  • Walker, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing

  • Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity; This is It

Mindfulness Websites

YouTube Videos: search Thich Nhat HanhPhillip Moffitt or other teachers


Retreats on the East Coast

Blue Cliff Monastery

Insight Meditation Society (IMS)  – Vipassana

Omega – Variety of styles and teachers

Kripalu – Yoga and Meditation

Retreats on the West Coast

Spirit Rock Meditation Center – Vipassana

Engaged Mindfulness Practice