Emotional Brain Training is a cutting-edge system of stress reduction using the latest findings from neuroscience.  Many of its tools and skills are used in The Big Relax.



The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center is the foremost authority on meditation and stress reduction.   Donna studied there, and its teachings inform all practices of The Big Relax.


Mindfulness-Based Pain Management with Breathworks

Developed by two people who themselves have struggled with severe pain after sustaining serious injuries, this program of mindfulness-based practices has been shown to be as effective as prescription painkillers to soothe some of the most common causes of pain while also significantly reducing the anxiety, stress, exhaustion, irritability and depression that often accompany chronic pain and illness.   They are based in the UK, but offer online courses as well.  This is an informative and useful website.






click through here for resource page




Do Nothing for Two Minutes   just as it says, this website gives you a countdown 2-minute timer in front of a lovely seascape with wave sounds.  




The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions by Esther M Sternberg, M.D.     A brilliant marriage of science and history used poetically to examine the body-mind connection, by the Director of the Behavioral Integrative Neuroscience Program at the NIMH.

The Mindful Way through Depression:  Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn.  This book outlines the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) offered by the Center for Mindfulness and many therapists.  It contains an extremely useful CD of instructions and guided meditation by JKZ.

Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief:  Guided Practices for Reclaiming Your Body and Your Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  You can access this invaluable resource as either a kindle or audio book.  Highly recommended.

Going to Pieces without Falling Apart:  A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness by Mark Epstein.   Mark is a psychiatrist who utilizes Buddhist psychology in his own practice.  This book is well-written and engaging, including both theoretical and philosophical information and case studies that illuminate them.

The Antidote:  Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman.  Burkeman is a journalist and has written a bracing work of  historical psychology:  he revisits ideas about how to attain happiness from diverse perspectives, ranging from the Stoics to the Buddhists.  It is indeed an antidote for pop psychological pap.