Dr. Ochester’s preferred form of meditation for her personal practice is vipassana or “insight meditation”. In the US we tend to recognize this as “mindfulness meditation”. In a 2012 report on a meta-analysis prepared by the Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center, mindfulness meditation was found to have “moderate strength of effectiveness” in improvement of anxiety, depression, and pain.
Vipassana involves sustained attention to breathing, thoughts, feelings, and body sensations toward the direct, experiential perception of the present moment. Through consistent practice we may clear away obscurations in order to see things without illusion and reduce suffering.
Dr. Ochester is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy teacher and a trained Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention teacher through the University of California San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Teaching Institute. She teaches mindfulness meditation through the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness.
Here are some helpful resources for those interested in learning more about vipassana meditation:
- Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Dr. Danny Penman
- Mindfulness in Plain English by Ven. Henepola Gunaratana is an excellent guide to getting started with a vipassana meditation practice
- Visit our Guided Meditation page for a number of resources for starting a meditation practice.
- The documentary Doing Time, Doing Vipassana, available on YouTube, shows how inmates in Tihar prison in India learn to practice this ancient meditation technique to channel their minds toward the good.
- The documentary The Dhamma Brothers shows the same transformation happening in a US prison and is available on Netflix and iTunes.