Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. MARC is at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and is one of the nation's leading university based mindfulness centers. offers classes, programs, trainings and events in health care, educational, business, and other settings and throughout UCLA. MARC's mission is to foster mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research to promote well-being and a more compassionate society.
Diana is the author of Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens and the CD, “Mindful Meditations”.
She also also a co-author (with Susan Smalley, Ph.D.) of Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness (2010).
Mindfulness is paying attention to present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is. Research has shown mindfulness to help reduce inflammation, increase attention, address anxiety and depression, foster well-being and resiliency, and thicken the brain in areas connected to emotional flexibility, and empathy.