Helpful Links

Most of these links focus specifically on the relationship between mindfulness and poetry. The list is only a sampling. We have included only links that provide free access to materials, in these categories:

Mindfulness Poetry
Mindfulness, Poetry and Health
Mindfulness, Poetry and Education
Interviews with Poets in This Book
Poetry and Mind

Mindfulness Poetry

A Year of Being Here, an online archive of mindfulness poems.

Words to Sit With. “A platform for sharing contemporary mindfulness poetry.” Read poems from the collection and/or submit your own.

Poetry & Other Readings Used in Mindfulness Training Programs at the University of California-San Diego Center for Mindfulness

Poetry for Modern Mindfulness, by Jenny Allen (The New Yorker, July 25, 2016). A humorous collection of gathas, short poems meant to help deepen mindfulness practice.

“What a 107-year-old poet can teach you about mindfulness,” an article about Peggy Freydberg, a poet whose work we would have included in the anthology, if we’d heard of her.

The Mindfulness Bell. “A journal of the art of mindful living.” Each issue features a recent teaching by Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. While the magazine requires a subscription, either print or digital, you may freely submit your own poetry, prose, photography, and artwork for upcoming issues.

Mindfulness and Poetry Meditation, by Hugh Byrne (free Insight Timer app required to listen). “This [30-minute] meditation brings together guided instructions to cultivate presence with poems to help us drop out of our conceptual minds into the present moment.”

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Mindfulness, Poetry, and Health

Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies: Theory and Practice, book edited by Laury Rappaport (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013). Includes a chapter entitled “Poetry Therapy, Creativity and the Practice of Mindfulness” by John Fox, some of which you can browse online.

Being in the present moment: developing the capacity for mindfulness in medicine, article by J. Connelly (Academic Medicine, April 1999; abstract with downloadable PDF available on the same page.) “The author uses 19th- and 20th-century American poetry to illustrate the state of mindfulness and `being in the moment,’ and suggests the helpfulness of poetry in developing these skills in physicians.”

Poetry, Mindfulness and Medicine, article by Shauna L. Shapiro, M.D. (Family Medicine, 2001; downloadable PDF). “This paper briefly introduces the concept of mindfulness and explores its potential importance to clinical practice. How to teach mindfulness to medical students is then discussed, using poetry as one possible instructional method.”

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Mindfulness, Poetry, and Education

“The Mindfulness of Poetry,” article by Dr. Sarah Wardle (National Association of Writers in Education, May 3, 2017). The authors hopes to”stimulate journal debate about poetry as something weighty, concerned with feeling and wisdom, which has a transformative social and personal use in the modern age.”

“Teaching with Heart, Fire & Poetry,” an online project by Megan Scribner that gives teachers a space to share their challenges and joys, struggles and achievements and be a source of support and inspiration to each other. Though not exactly a mindfulness project, Megan models mindfulness through it and three related books of poetry co-authored and edited with Sam Intrator: Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach, Leading from Within: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Lead and Teaching with Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach.

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Interviews with Poets in This Book

Dick Allen, Yehuda Amichai, A. R. Ammons, Margaret Atwood, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Coleman Barks (translator of Rumi), Ellen Bass, Wendell Berry, Kimberly Blaeser, Robert Bly, Chana Bloch, John Brantingham, David Budbill, Charles Bukowski, Neil Carpathios, Raymond Carver, Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Barbara CrookerMahmoud Darwish, Kirsten Dierking, David Allan Evans, Patricia Fargnoli, Julia Fehrenbacher, Laura Foley, Nikki Giovanni, Louise Glück, Rafael Jesús González, Charles Goodrich, Thich Nhat Hanh, Twyla Hansen, Joy Harjo, Penny Harter, Linda Hasselstrom, Seamus Heaney, Donna Hilbert, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Tony Hoagland, Linda Hogan, Miroslav Holub, Marie Howe, Holly J. Hughes, Erica Jong, Fady Joudah, Stuart Kestenbaum, Galway Kinnell, Ted Kooser, Daniel Ladinsky (translator of Hafiz), Dorianne Laux, Li-Young Lee, Denise Levertov, Annie Lighthart, Carolyn Locke, Denise Low, Alison Luterman, Teddy Macker, Joanna Macy (translator of Rilke, with Anita Barrows), W. S. Merwin, Czeslaw Milosz, Marilyn Nelson, Howard Nemerov, Pablo Neruda, Sister Dang Nghiem, Kathleen Norris, Naomi Shihab Nye, John O’Donohue, Mary Oliver, Gregory Orr, Joe Paddock, Linda Pastan, Octavio Paz, Paulann Petersen, Marge Piercy, Anne Porter, Jack Ridl, Alberto Ríos, J. Allyn Rosser, Muriel Rukeyser, Marjorie Saiser, Robyn Sarah, May Sarton, Pat Schneider, Ruth L. Schwartz (interpreter of Ghalib), Larry Smith, William Stafford, Hannah Stephenson, Joyce Sutphen, Wislawa Szymborska, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Derek Walcott, Alice Walker, David Whyte.

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Poetry and Mind

“Poetry is Like Music to the Mind,” article published by Neuroscience News (October 9, 2013). “New brain imaging technology is helping researchers to bridge the gap between art and science by mapping the different ways in which the brain responds to poetry and prose.”

Ellen Langer: “Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness,” podcast and transcript interview by On Being‘s Krista Tippett. Langer “is a social psychologist who some have dubbed `the mother of mindfulness.’ But she defines mindfulness with counterintuitive simplicity: the simple act of actively noticing things — with a result of increased health, competence, and happiness.”

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Poetry of Presence editor websites: Phyllis Cole-Dai and Ruby R. Wilson.

Guided Audio Files to Practice Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, prepared by the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness (MP3 format).

Mindfulness Toolkit. University of Southern California’s Masters in Social Work program created a Mindfulness Toolkit which contains a list of mindfulness tips and meditation tracks for beginners.

Short mindfulness videos online (a sampling):

•  “What Is Mindfulness?”: Jon Kabat-Zinn (5 minutes).
•  “What Mindfulness Really Is”: Joseph Goldstein (4:25 minutes).
•  “Just Breathe” by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman, featuring the kids of Citizens of the World Charter School, in Mar Vista, CA (3:41).
•  “Exercise for Connecting”: Angel Kyodo Williams (5:33).
•  “A Simple Mindfulness Practice to Restore Vitality”: Tara Brach (5:13).
•  “Mindfulness Meditation”: Sharon Salzberg (7:12).
•  “Oprah Winfrey Talks with Thich Nhat Hanh Excerpt” (21:47).
•  “Don’t Try to Be Mindful”: Daron Larson (11:59).
•  “What is Mindfulness … And What Does It Mean to You?”: Melli O’Brien (4:46).

“Poetry: Everyone Should Try It,” blog post by Ben L. at Seat Up, in the “Sit Down and Write: Poetry Resources” section. This resource was kindly suggested by Amelia, a young poet who aspires to becoming a published poet someday. She believes that it could be useful to others like herself. Thank you, Amelia! We have no doubt that your dream will come true if you chase it with passion and devote yourself to the craft.

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