Mindfulness Meditation Taster with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. is executive director at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He is the founder and former director of the UMMC Stress Reduction Clinic and an associate professor of medicine in the division of preventive and behavioral medicine. Using mindfulness meditation, Kabat-Zinn works to help people reduce stress and deal with chronic pain, and a variety of illnesses, particularly breast cancer. He was a trainer for the 1984 U.S. Men’s Olympic Rowing Team and is especially interested in reducing the stress-related problems in the inner city and in prison populations. Kabat-Zinn’s books include: Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness (1991); Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (1994) and Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting (1997), which was co-authored with his wife, Myla. Wikipedia
Being a parent is one of greatest mindfulness practices of all.
Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into mindfulness.
Cultivate wisdom and equanimity – not passive resignation – in the face of the full catastrophe of the human condition.
If you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it.
Just stopping, is a radical act of sanity and love.
Mindfulness involves living your life as if it really mattered. And it does matter.
Mindfulness is not about getting anywhere else — it’s about being where you are and knowing it.
Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment — non-judgmentally.
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way – on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgement.
My definition of healing is: coming to terms with things as they are.
To drop into being means to recognize your interconnectedness with all life, and with being itself.
Until you stop breathing, there’s more right with you than wrong with you.
You can’t control the universe, so mindfulness involves learning to cultivate wisdom and equanimity.
You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention.
Your very nature is being part of larger and larger spheres of wholeness.