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Leading scientists in mindfulness have arrived at a 2-part definition* that explains what mindfulness really
Mindfulness is about shifting in the way we relate to ourselves. It's about seeing and experiencing ourselves
in a different way. We are taking control of what we focus on and keeping our attention alive in the
present moment. Mindfulness helps us not to change our thoughts but to relate to our thoughts in a different
way - a way that is balanced and nonjudgmental, curious and accepting.
VIA offers MBSP each year to give you the opportunity to experience this transformative program. We'd love
to have you join us for the next session. Additionally, Dr. Ryan Niemiec's book, Mindfulness and Character
Strengths, is a practical guide for anyone interested in leading this program with others.
*Bishop, S. R., Lau, M., Shapiro, S. L., Carlson, L., Anderson, N. D., Carmody, J., ... Devins, G. (2004). Mindfulness: A proposed operational definition. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 11, 230–241.
Movies are an art-form highly suited for inspiring character strengths and helping in the discovery, understanding and exploration of these positive aspects in human beings. Ryan Niemiec (VIA's education director) and Danny Wedding explore 1,500 examples in their book Positive Psychology at the Movies, 2nd edition (2014). They explain that the best positive psychology movies meet the following criteria: