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Subject Headings and Call Numbers

Locate books with these subjects and call numbers at Willis and Sycamore Libraries, GOVT Online Resources, and UNT Online Resources. Physical materials can be checked out at one of our service desks or through our self-check machines for complete privacy. 

  • BF697.5.S47
Body Psychotherapy
  • RC489.M53
  • BF637.M56
  • RC489.M55
  • RC489.M43
  • BF637.M4
  • BL627
  • BL1478.6 
  • BQ5612 - BQ5620
  • BQ5625
  • BQ7805
  • BQ9288 - BQ9289.5

Self-help techniques

  • BF632
Self-management (Psychology)
  • BF632

Online Resources

Please visit the below catalog links.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness Techniques

Simple Mindfulness from Mayo Clinic

  • Pay attention (with gentle curiosity). It's hard to slow down and notice things in a busy world. Try to take the time to experience your environment with all of your senses — touch, sound, sight, smell and taste. For example, when you eat a favorite food, take the time to smell, taste and truly enjoy it.
  • Live in the moment. Try to intentionally bring an open, accepting and discerning attention to everything you do. Find joy in simple pleasures.
  • Accept yourself. Treat yourself the way you would treat a good friend.
  • Focus on your breathing. When you have negative thoughts, try to sit down, take a deep breath and close your eyes. Focus on your breath as it moves in and out of your body. Sitting and breathing for even just a minute can help.

Mindfulness Techniques

  • Breathing Meditation
  • Walking Mediation
  • Body Scan Meditation
  • Zen Meditation
  • Love & Kindness Meditation
  • Mindful Eating
  • Mindful Seeing
  • Mindful Listening
  • Mindful Pauses
  • Mindful Driving
  • Mindful Activity
  • Deep Listening
  • Intention Setting
  • Gratitude and Thankfulness Activities
  • Introspection and Reflective Journaling or Thinking
  • Grounding
  • Sitting with Your Emotions or Embracing Your Emotions
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Receiving Massage Therapy
  • Receiving Acupuncture Therapy
  • Receiving Counseling and Therapy

Tips on Meditation Practices: When doing meditation, you do not need to clear your mind of thought. The brain is designed to think and stopping thought is not possible. When thoughts occur during your meditation or mindfulness practices, acknowledge the thought as it is (don't judge the thought or yourself), and return your attention back to your awareness. You might choose an anchor like your breath, your heart beat, the touch of your body on the floor or chair, a smell in the air, or a sound around you (air conditioning or mechanical hums or birds outside).

How long should you meditation or engage in a mindfulness practice? Start with 5-10 minutes daily and work your away up to 15-20 minutes and then 30-45 minutes over several months. Science has shown that 10 minutes of mediation or mindfulness practice a day improves health and focus in individuals significantly. Find a duration that is ideal for you. 

References and Other Resources

The Koru Method

The Koru Mindfulness program was developed by psychiatrists Holly Rogers, MD & Margaret Maytan, MD to bring the benefits of mindfulness to the college students. Kuro teaches practical skills that students can use to manage their stress, focus their minds, and gain perspective on issues and challenges that they may be facing. 

Rogers and Maytan named their method “Koru” after a New Zealand Maori word the spiral shape that represents balanced growth.

College students can participate in Koru by taking online course, learning from a Koru teacher, and/or using the free Koru app. Students will also benefit from reading The Mindful Twenty-Something, taking free online guided meditations, or watching the below tutorials. 

Learn more at

Disclaimer: Librarian Brea Henson is a current Koru student, aiming to certify as a Koru Teacher, and bring the Koru Method to UNT. 

Koru Tutorials

Mediations with Thich Nhat Hanh & Pema Chödrön

Collection Highlights: Ebooks on Mindfulness

Collection Highlights: Streaming Videos on Mindfulness

Collection Highlights: Mindful Techniques for Teachers, Counselors, and Professional

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