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Modern Mindfulness

Our modern understanding of mindfulness is secular and science-based – thanks in great part to the pioneering work of American Buddhists Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, the founders of the Insight Meditation Society; Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; and neuroscientist Dr. Richie Davis, at the University of Wisconsin.


Full Catastrophe Living  |  Jon Kabat-Zinn

Wherever You Go, There You Are  |  Jon Kabat-Zinn

Real Happiness  |  Sharon Salzberg

Mindfulness: A Guide to Awakening  |  Joseph Goldstein

The Mindful Brain  |  Dr. Daniel Siegel

The Power of Now  |  Eckhart Tolle

Radical Acceptance  |  Tara Brach

Waking Up  |  Sam Harris

10% Happier  |  Dan Harris

Happiness  |  Matthieu Ricard

Buddhist Mindfulness

Vipassana (mindfulness) originated as a core teaching of the Buddha over 2,500 years ago. It provides the foundation and context for today’s modern, secular movement; and remains at the heart of the global Buddhist faith.


The Miracle of Mindfulness  |  Thich Nhat Han

Peace is every Step  |  Thich Nhat Han

When Things Fall Apart  |  Pema Chodron

The Places That Scare You  |  Pema Chodron

A Path with Heart  |  Jack Kornfield

The Wise Heart  |  Jack Kornfield

into the Heart of Life  |  Tenzin Palmo

Applied Mindfulness

Mindful practices result in better health and wellness, cognitive performance and emotional intelligence. Over the past several years, progressive leaders have begun to apply these outcomes to solve challenges in wellness, mental health, education and the workplace.


A Mindful Nation  |  Congressman Tim Ryan

Mindful Work  |  David Gelles

Search Inside Yourself  |  Chade-Meng Tan

Smarter, Better, Faster  |  Charles Duhigg

Deep Work  |  Cal Newport

The Happiness Track  |  Emma Seppala

The Mindful Workplace  |  Michael Chaskalson

Real Happiness at Work  |  Sharon Salzberg

Establishing a Practice

Sometimes it takes rewiring the brain, to rewire the brain. Understanding the latest science behind motivation, self-discipline and habit-forming behaviors can help us with a good diet, the right sleep cycle, regular exercise and an effective daily meditation practice.


Rewire  |  Richard O’Connor

Better Than Before  |  Gretchen Rubin

The Science of Positivity  |  Loretta Breuning

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

Science has proven that mindfulness is more than a metaphysical construct. Regular practice changes the physical structure and function of the brain, and meditation is now recognized to be effective neural training for attention control, mental fitness, and a remarkable array of positive outcomes.


Buddha’s Brain  |  Rick Hanson

Thinking Fast and Slow  |  Daniel Kahneman

The Brain That Changes Itself  |  Norman Doidge

The Telomere Effect  |  Elizabeth Blackburn

Descartes’ Error  |  Antonio R. Damasio

The Emotional Brain  |  Joseph LeDoux

The Rise of Superman  |  Steven Kotler

Best TED talks on Mindfulness

The Nature of Mindfulness

The Practice of Mindfulness

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

Health and Wellness

Cognitive Performance

Social and Emotional Intelligence

Mindful Leadership

Id8TE and Whil

Id8TE’s self-paced learning is provided through our partnership with Whil, the only digital well-being training solution designed for professionals, by professionals.

  • If you’ve attended an Id8TE course, workshop or corporate training, you’ve received a 90-day unlimited access log-in to Whil.
  • If you need help with your log-in or registration – or if you would like to extend your access to Whil, please contact us here.

The Whil Platform

Whil offers 200+ programs and 1,250+ on-demand sessions to reduce stress, strengthen mental fitness and improve performance. It is cross-platform and optimized for mobile devices.

Use the browser on any device to login on the web, or download the app here:

If you have questions about how to get started, how to manage your account, or have technical issues, you can browse the Whil Knowledge Base here.

If you don’t find an answer to your question in the Knowledge Base, please reach out to Whil directly here.

Whil Libraries

Whil content is organized into three libraries, called Thrive, Move and Lead:

  • Thrive contains audio and video mindfulness lessons, and guided meditations.
  • Move contains audio and video Yoga, and office-friendly mindful movement sessions.
  • Lead contains the audio and video Search Inside Yourself curriculum, developed at Google University for mindful leadership, teamwork and emotional intelligence.

Sessions, Series and Collections

Within each library, content is organized into Sessions, Series and Collections:

  • A Session is an individual audio or video guided training experience. Most Sessions are available in 5 minute, 10 minute and 20 minute versions.
  • A Series is a group of 3 to 10 Sessions, taught by the same trainer, and related to a single training topic or goal. Each Session in a Series is designed to take us sequentially deeper into the topic. So, it’s best (but not required) to go through a series in order.
  • A Collection is a group of Series organized by trainer or common focus. Collections include: Basic Training, Health and Wellness, Relationships, Performance and more.

The Training Experience

Each series begins with a video introduction, followed by five to ten audio sessions.

  • Sessions are designed to follow the series sequence, but can be explored in any order.
  • Sessions can be set to 5 minutes, 10 minutes or 20 minutes in length
  • Sessions are guided, and periodic silences are an intentional part of the practice.

Each series ends with a video recap, with guidance on how to incorporate what you learned into your daily routine.

90-Day Roadmaps

With 200+ programs and 2,500+ individual audio and video sessions, Whil is a fantastic resource to explore at any pace, and in any order. But navigating through so many options can be a challenge, especially when we’re establishing our initial mindfulness practice.

Here are two tools we recommend to help:

  • Whil provides a series of broad personal goals (Health, Relationships, Performance, Sleep), with sessions that align to each. You can set and track these goals on your Whil dashboard.
  • Id8TE Roadmaps are detailed 12-week plans for establishing an effective mindfulness practice, while advancing with intent towards specific professional goals.

Goals and Intentions

Goals are what we are working to achieve, while Intentions underlie what we become. Mindfulness works at the level of intention and becoming.

Practicing Mindfulness with Intent strengthens the emotional qualities that determine who we are and how we interact with the world.

Emotional Qualities drive Behavioral Competencies – Behavioral Competencies (plus skills) drive Performance – Performance drives Results.

To determine our own path, we can work backwards from our goals, to the competencies we need to reach them, and once more back to the emotional qualities that create and strengthen them.