Welcome to your resource page for Women of the JPO Mindfulness for Well-being and Productivity. Below you’ll resources from the course which we will add to as we go.

Handouts from the workshops:

  1. Please click here for a PDF of handout from Workshop 1.
  2. Please click here for a PDF of handout from Workshop 2.

Six-minute guided relaxation meditation: Scan Your Body for Relaxation. Listening to this guided meditation is an excellent way to de-stress, recharge, and reset mind and body.

Please visit our Mindfulness page. Scroll to the bottom for the recording. Feel free to download to your device for use whenever you need a relaxing break. To save, right-click the the recording link. We invite you to share this meditation with family, friends, and colleagues.


Contemplating Mindfulness at Work: An Integrative Review by Christopher Liddy, et. al.

If Meditation Isn’t Your Thing, Try a Walk in the Woods by Karin Klein in Yes! Magazine

That Is Not How Your Brain Works by Lisa Feldman-Barrett


Mindfulness and the Brain

  1. 7 1/2 Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman-Barrett (An excellent primer on how the brain works and how we can use that knowledge to be the architects of our experience.)
  2. How Emotions Are Made: The Secret life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman-Barrett (A longer, more in-depth exploration of the latest thinking about the brain. Well worth the read/listen.)
  3. Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom by Rick Hanson (A look at the brain through the lens of Buddhist practice and mindfulness.)
  4. How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan (A fascinating look at the brain, emotions and well-being.)

Mindfulness and Well-being

  1. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Excellent book on this topic.)
  2. Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn (A classic on mindfulness by the originator or Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.)
  3. When the Body Says No: The Hidden Cost of Stress by Gabor Maté (A revealing look at how chronic stress leads to illness and what we might do to break unhealthy patterns of thought and behavior.)

Attention and Productivity

  1. Hyperfocus: How to Manage Your Attention in a World of Distraction by Chris Bailey (A useful guide to managing attention with practical exercises.)
  2. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport (Another take on managing attention and distraction.)
  3. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen (A classic book about, yes…getting things done.)
  4. Procrastinate On Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time by Rory Vaden (A practical take on “time management”. I particularly like the “Focus Funnel”. See video below.)

Other Books of Interest

  1. Dare to Lead: Brave work. Tough Conversation. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown (A must-read for those building emotional and social awareness. Great for teams as well as individuals.)
  2. The Power of a Positive No: Save the Deal, Save the Relationship and Still Say No by William Ury (A key component of healthy boundary setting is the ability to say no productively. This book explains how with lots of examples. Also see the video below.)


  1. Power of a Positive No video by William Ury 5 mins.
  2. The Anatomy of Trust by Brené Brown (Brené Brown explains her BRAING trust model, the best we’ve seen for defining and working with trust.) 10 mins.
  3. The Anatomy of Trust (22 minute version)
  4. The Focus Funnel by Rory Vaden 20 mins.