Research has shown that meditation and mindfulness practices can help improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and contribute to a greater sense of health and well-being.  Our books bring together the timeless wisdom of meditation practices from religious traditions and from the newest research and advice for contemporary life.




Start Here Now: An Online Course on the Path and Practice of Meditation with Susan Piver

Meditation has been proven to lead to everything from a good night’s sleep to complete enlightenment. It is one amazing practice! But because of all the current attention on mindfulness, there may be confusion about where to begin, what to actually expect from it, and how to preserve its spiritual meaning.  Let Susan Piver guide you through what is real and how to do it!



Mindfulness is a simple practice with seemingly limitless benefits. And, contrary to popular belief, learning it does not require sitting motionless for hours in the lotus position. You can in fact access it right now—and this little deck of cards is a convenient way to get started. Each of the 52 cards presents one of the exercises Zen teacher Jan Chozen Bays has developed for fostering mindful awareness among her students. It’s as easy as:

  • Observing the sensations of eating
  • “Checking in” while driving your car
  • Taking three breaths whenever a phone rings
  • Aiming to be on time to everything for a week
  • Conscious smiling
  • Relaxing your hands several times a day
  • Resolving to pay a compliment daily
  • Listening like a sponge
  • And more

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Sitting Still…Like a Kid: An Interview with Eline Snel

9781611800586-2Shambhala: How did you first become interested in teaching mindfulness to kids?

Eline Snel: I led a training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for a group of twelve principals at my local school board. They asked me to develop a training method for children. So I did, after several tryouts in different schools and age groups.

S: How do you explain to a child what mindfulness is?

ES: I use the metaphor of a frog to help children become familiar with mindfulness as a daily attitude or lifestyle. A frog can sit very still, but can also jump very far—just like our minds do. You can see the breathing in the frog’s belly. Awareness of your own breathing helps you to concentrate and focus. And notice when the concentration is gone. Frogs are also aware of their surroundings, without constantly reacting.

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