A Book by IMA Faculty

A Practical Guide to Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living: Living with Heart

A New Book by Frits Koster and Erik van den Brink, with Victoria Norton

A Practical Guide to Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living: Living with Heart is a step-by-step guide for those who wish to deepen their mindfulness skills with compassion for a healthier, happier life and more fulfilling relationships. It offers a clear structure as well as ample freedom to adjust to individual needs, starting with learning to be kind to oneself and then expanding this to learn how to be kind to others.
This guide consists of eight chapters that follow the eight sessions of the Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living program. To enhance the learning experience, this book features accessible transcripts and downloadable audio exercises, as well as worksheets to explore experiences during exercises. It also includes suggestions for deepening practice at the end of each session.
A Practical Guide to Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living explores the science of compassion in an easy-to-understand and comprehensive manner, one which will appeal to both trained professionals and clients, or anyone wishing to deepen their mindfulness practice with ‘heartfulness’.

Publisher: Routledge, 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1138228931
Available in Paperback, Hardback and E-Book Formats

Frits Koster and Erik van den Brink have been offering the MBCL teacher training through the IMA and its German affiliate, the Institut für Achtsamkeit, since 2012.

A book on MBSR

This highly accessible book by IMA Executive Director Linda Lehrhaupt and Petra Meibert has become a standard reference work for MBSR teachers and students around the world.

For this updated edition the authors have added a new chapter, a rich appendix of resources, a literature list and an extensive directory of MBSR teachers around the world. The publisher is New World Library.

The book has received high praise from leading authorities in the field. We invite you to sample some of their comments below.

Paperback: 232 pages, $15.95

ISBN-10: 160868479, ISBN-13: 978-1608684793

What the Book Is About

Practicing mindfulness helps us meet life’s challenges with gentleness and clarity. By fully engaging in the present moment as best we can, we nurture our capacity to approach difficulties with less judgment and water the seeds of wisdom and openheartedness in ourselves. This book offers a concise and thorough immersion in the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by Dr. Jon Kabat­-Zinn. It features straightforward instruction in the main exercises of MBSR ― sitting meditation, walking meditation, eating meditation, yoga, body scan, and informal, everyday practices. MBSR has been shown to help alleviate symptoms associated with chronic illness, anxiety, pain, burnout, cancer, and other stress-related conditions.

The authors, two leading MBSR teacher trainers, provide step-by-step instructions as well as illustrative real-life examples. Readers embarking on a course in MBSR will find clear guidance, trainers will gain a valuable tool for their teaching, and anyone experiencing or receiving treatment for challenges of mind, body, or spirit will find practical, inspirational help.

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A Sampling of Our Endorsements

“This book does a magnificent job of rendering not only the curriculum of MBSR but, even more importantly, its feeling tone, gently emphasizing that it takes energy and sustained commitment to practice and embody mindfulness. I am grateful that this book is now available as a skillful gateway into MBSR, mindfulness, and one’s own life in the face of stress, pain, illness, and the human condition itself.”

— Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR and author of Full Catastrophe Living and Coming to Our Senses


There are many books on mindfulness – but this one uniquely offers a clear session-by-session lay out of the MBSR curriculum. The text is brought to life by the examples of participants’ experiences within the process, and by Linda and Petra’s sharing of their own experiences as teachers. The book will be invaluable to people taking the MBSR course, as well as to MBSR trainees and experienced teachers alike.

— Rebecca Crane, PhD Director, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University, Wales


In their book, Linda Lehrhaupt and Petra Meibert, provide a clear compass for anyone interested in enhancing health and wellness by engaging with the practices and principles of MBSR. For those who have already attended and completed the MBSR program, this book can serve to renew, refresh and reinforce earlier learning. Ultimately, what is offered, is a guide for all who choose to live with greater awareness and compassion.

— Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA,. Director, Train-the-Trainer Program, at the Center for Mindfulness I Worcester, Mass, USA. Co-Author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety and Co-Author of The MBSR Home Study Course.


This book is arguably the most concise and revealing description of MBSR to date. It is the precious fruit of the authors’ decades of experience teaching MBSR. Readers will learn the rationale and key practices of each session, see how the sessions are elegantly woven together, find answers to common misconceptions, and discover ways to overcome obstacles to practice. As mindfulness makes its way into all aspects of modern society, this book provides practical and illuminating insight into what started it all.

— Christopher Germer, PhD, co-founder of the Center for Mindful Self Compassion and a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy; author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.


This is a book about how to be in touch, moment by moment, with the actuality of your life, and to do so in a way that is kind to both yourself and others. Based on the hugely influential programme of Jon Kabat-Zinn, the book wonderfully captures the essence of the mindfulness approach and promises to excite the interest of a new generation. Both authors are highly respected teachers and teacher-trainers in mindfulness. Written in a beautifully accessible style, it will become a vital companion to those who follow its wise guidance. I highly recommend it to you.

— Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford.