1989 kom filmen "Doda poeters sallskap" och plotsligt pratade alla om Carpe Diem och att fanga dagen. On a "mindfulness" retreat, Anderson Cooper puts down the microphone and learns to love silence -- and life without a cell phone. It's a practice called "mindfulness" and it basically means being aware of your thoughts, physical sensations, and surroundings. Kabat-Zinn, who has written 10 books on mindfulness and led nearly a hundred retreats, describes meditation as a mental workout. Shortened URLGuestsJon Kabat-Zinnis founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Share a Reflection Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. I dag ar hans MBSR- metod fullt accepterad i sjukvarden och anvands bade for att laka kropp och sjal. Tonight, we'll introduce you to the man who's largely responsible for mindfulness gaining traction.
I feel like every moment I'm either thinking about something that's coming down the road, or something that's been in the past.Jon Kabat-Zinn: So ultimately all this preparing is for what? His name is Jon Kabat-Zinn and he thinks mindfulness is the answer for people who are so overwhelmed by life, they feel they aren't really living at all. There have been a number of studies that show mindfulness can lead to those benefits, as well as improvements in memory and attention.
And, at the University of Massachusetts, Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, uses mindfulness to treat addiction.
The first time was after being laid off from a dot-com company for which I had worked (and identified myself with) for four years. Matthew Danowski , editor.Our lives are filled with distractions -- email, Twitter, texting we're constantly connected to technology, rarely alone with just our thoughts. Jon Kabat-Zinn, is an MIT-trained scientist who's been practicing mindfulness for 47 years.
If you drop underneath the agitation in the mind, into your breath deep enough calmness, gentle undulations. Congressman Tim Ryan, an Ohio Democrat, says mindfulness might look a lot like nothing, but he really believes it can change America for the better. In that crucial moment I was introduced to "Full Catastrophe Living," which powerfully opened my analytic mind to the possibilities of mind-body connections and the mysteries-- and answers-- that they offer. Which is probably why there's a growing movement in America to train people to get around the stresses of daily life. Back in 1979, he started teaching mindfulness through meditation to people suffering from chronic pain and illness. The book and my resultant meditation practice (supported by guided meditation cd's by Belleruth Naparstek) gradually healed me from many of the powerful anxiety symptoms that I was experiencing physically as a result of my mental anguish.I continued the practice in a nominal way for a few years after that, but still had vestiges of the anxiety symptoms from my initial layoff. Those waves of thought Kabat-Zinn described - they're still there but you get less distracted by them.At breakfast, we spent time relearning some of the very basic things in life - including how to eat food. Seeking to be completely healed, I found an opportunity to attend a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat and took it. The retreat lasted three days and most of that time was spent just sitting there, silently meditating - with occasional guidance from Kabat-Zinn.
During the retreat I felt as if I caught a glimpse of the true power and limitless potential of the spirit-- a glimpse sufficient to propel me into deeper practice.
Also, during that same retreat, the idea for a life-transforming environmental road trip project dropped into my consciousness. It resonated so profoundly with me that I decided to embrace it fully-- resulting in YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip-- a trip to all 50 United States to explore and personalize environmental sustainability through fun, engaging short films and other forms of new media. During the adventure we made a point to stop and interview Krista Tippett, not to mention a wide variety of spiritual, business, government, and activist leaders and average citizens of all stripes. As I trace my own willingness to accept the idea of a mind-body connection back to a humble origin, however, it could quite possibly be through early voice lessons that I experienced when I was 17 years old. During those voice lessons I was first introduced to the concept that you can-- indeed, that you must-- affect the production of vocal sound through indirect, subconscious control of the vocal chords. Then, I don't worry about how much I'm perceiving or missing, but only on my awareness of God. He's written a book about mindfulness and obtained a million dollars of federal funding to teach it to school children in his Ohio district.
I've seen what it does to individuals who have really high chronic levels of stress and how it has helped their body heal itself.

I wouldn't be willing to stick my neck out this far if I didn't think this is "The Thing" that can really help shift the country. And secondly if you are going to do that and throw issues around lets promote what Obama is doing and what you Bush supporters trird to stop, birth control. Birth control will prevent more abortions than all of your intervaginal probes, your ultrasound videos women will be FORCED to watch, rape victims forced to bear a child from that rape, etc. Birth control, free and open to everyone and anyone at anyntime and place will prevent unwanted children from being conceived and will put an end to abortions. Or, you and your kind could adopt all of those unwanted babies!!replyI completely agree - birth Permalink Submitted by A on Tue, 2013-01-22 15:54I completely agree - birth control is the answer to many problems. I'm strongly cynical and even hateful about most faiths and i find that this show has a way of massaging my gut reactions into tolerance long enough to slip some really worthwhile perspectives into my brain. In any case, this show was almost painfully on the mark for me as a person, which is both enormously satisfying and a little unsettling.
Kabat-Zinn has just the slightest salesman's affect, a magnificently persuasive, borderline hypnotic way of , well, selling his philosophy that would make me skeptical if it were not for the fact that his "product" is so damned appealing. In 24 hours, I went from feeling excited about something that might help me become a happier, more peaceful and productive person to being slightly crestfallen at Kellett's suggestion that the TM technique is simply hypnosis with post-trance suggestion. Anyway, I bought Kabat-Zinn's book, because ultimately I decided that I could do worse than surrounding myself with the teachings of someone with such incredible wisdom, passion and common sense. I just hope I don;t become frustrated by reading about a shining example of peace and serenity while continuing to be troubled by the opposite.
I moved from Islam to Christinaity to Buddhism, but I always thought that to label any spiritual practice is to put oneself in a box. It was surely no coincidence.The insights gained from Krista's interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn were mind-altering. I could not take notes fast enough and will have to work to learn more.Thank you, again, for what you do and how you do it. I will try to be brief about my last 72 hours.I am a Medical Laboratory Technician and I work the 6p-6a Thu, Fri, Sat shift in a rural hospital.
It is somewhat known that those who work in healthcare are some of the most "wounded" souls around.
For the last 6-9 months I have felt the building of the stress and my inability to allow the suffering that I see go through me. And as I left the highway and began driving through my neighborhood to my house I saw the "color change", and the dogwoods, now in full bloom, became so pink and so white. I was putting papers where they belonged, and in doing so I was feeling so empowered, so directed, so organized. Then I popped in a video I wanted to see for "background noise", but because it was in Italian, I realized I'd have to watch the screen to get the subtitles.
I had a decision to make at that point: watch the video and enjoy the movie, which I wanted to see before a busy work-week, or finish working on what I was doing and finally get somewhere and have the satisfaction of finishing something I had been running away from. I realized that at that moment my situation was very similar to what happens when you meditate: if you stay focused, you get somewhere. But if you stay there, you get to where you want to go and you obtain something, either the learning that comes from staying in one place for some time, or maybe it's the practice of reciting a passage you're been memorizing. The point is, being distracted is being distracted, whether you're meditating or doing something in everyday life. My changing focus was akin to getting up or stopping the meditation before it should have been through. I thought living that way was the best method to be productive, obedient and 'good'.Whenever stressful incidents occurred, the insomnia and pessimism that resulted from the obsessive thoughts usually passed after a few days (or a week or two at the most) so I didn't really believe it was a problem in my life. Kabat-Zinn's approach, especially by presenting mindfulness and meditation as practical and scientifically sound tools for living life more fully, has quite frankly saved my life.I will always be grateful to my therapist, Josie, and Jon Kabat-Zinn for crossing my path at just the right time, in just the right way.
Kabat-Zinn's message is so valuable and needed at this time!reply Permalink Submitted by Italo Sessegolo on Mon, 2009-04-20 08:55Jon's insights are brilliant. He has a way of stating very clearly for the western mind, some of the paradoxical thruths that Mr.
This is true in one sense, in a close perspective, but pulling back for the bigger picture, not true.
Please bear in mind Siddhartha Gautama had been severely manipulated by his father to ensure he would avoid a spiritual career, and live a strictly secular life, ignorant as long as possible of a full understanding of the facts of life which include old age, disease and death. But Yasodhara,[Yasodara] his wife, was hardly abandoned, having the royal lifestyle, and Rahula, their son, likewise was within the highest level of the society of the time and place and so presumptively lived the royal life as well. She attained Arahanthship and was declared the chief disciple among the nuns who attained supernormal powers (Maha Abhiaaa) to recall infinite eras of the past.

Yasodara, the Buddha’s two chief male disciples and the Elder Bakkula, however, had supernormal powers and could recall incalculable eras.
That becoming a father was what awakened his compassion and drove him to discover and share the truth possessed by an awakened being (Buddha).When his son was born, the Prince of the Shakya clan realized that while he could offer his son a great worldly legacy, he had nothing he could give him that was permanent. I do too, but not because we haven't yet measured up to it, but because we've surpassed it. Ever since man began leaving behind written records of his existence, about six thousand years ago, we've become what I call Homo scribiens. For just as to function as Homo sapiens, men must rewire their brains for speech; they must rewire it again to read and write.
Listening to Jon Kabat-Zinn I was struck by his comments about the "mind" and the perceiving "body." In my practice of movement and bodywork, I am fascinated to find that people see the self that internally speaks as the mind. Talking internally so loudly we can't hear, see, or touch can certainly limit our sense of belonging to this world. This culture's fears and hesitations about actually enjoying the tasting, sensing, and feeling, limit our abilities to be mindful as much as our confusions about change and suffering. I mean I have a deeply learned aversion to black people and other people different than me, a white, educated-into-the-middle-class, male, with working-class roots. I've taken on progressive, democratic ideals and come to recognize and critique systemic, psychological, and discursive elements of oppression. For instance, whenever I see a black person, anxiety arises in me from a learned aversion to blackness. It is through academic mindfulness in my education at The Evergreen State College (TESC), and through personal meditations like centering prayer, study of scripture, continuous faith in Jesus Christ, and reflective writing (sometimes overlapping with my academic practice), that I have come to see elements of internalized oppression and prejudice and how they are connected to my interpersonal interactions. Currently, I am working on a master's paper in TESC's Master in Teaching program (MIT) in which I ask, "How can I support my white students in the rearticulation of whiteness as an anti-oppressive identity?" This is not just for my students, it represents a question I have for myself: How does transformation happen?Even after learning and practicing a new way of being, the old way is not unlearned. For instance, I have learned, and am learning, how to have an anti-racist white identity--how to advocate for justice, respect and awareness in political and interpersonal ways. The question, then, becomes how to manage the dissonance between my ideals and my multiple responses to difference, not necessarily how to unlearn prejudice.
The question is how to stop practicing racism and start practicing justice.My self-management technique is not to try to stop the prejudicial impulse, but to sublimate the prejudicial impulse into an internal process of naming it instead of acting on it in a racist, exclusionary way. I join this sublimation with a purposeful action on new, anti-racist, inclusionary impulses that I am cultivating.
These anti-racist impulses are growing with practice, and I seek out new ways I can act on them. I can only hope that the sublimation of my prejudicial impulses into an internal naming of them progressively deadens them along with my racist identity until it disappears. But it's been a long winter and the chickens have been mostly indoors since November, eating and pooping. To keep down the mess I've been adding hay periodically, so that now there is about a foot of caked-down hay, manure, food, and general chicken dust.I put on my gloves and carry the garden fork and a big plastic tub into the coop. I dig the fork into the bedding and pry up a big chunk of wet litter, half of which falls off on the way to the tub. How long am I going to be able to keep this up?"In years past, I rushed impatiently through this coop cleaning. After all, there was a garden to be planted, cold-season crops to be got in before the weather turned hot.
That was what I was focused on, the future garden, not the tedious, messy task of picking up and composting manure that wouldn't be ready until fall.Now, after a few more forkfuls, I notice that I am sweating--the first real sweat of the season--just as a chickadee's spring song rings out from the still-bare trees. I become aware that yet again I am worrying about tomorrow's relapse, and the aging process, and the fate of my chickens when I am old. And I determine to put all that aside and deal with each forkful of manure as if it were the only one. Dig, lift, pant, dump into the tub.When the tub is full, I carry it down the steps and around the corner, and empty it into the compost big.
Somehow my muscles are holding up, and I can see the coop's wooden floor.Then the chickens are scratching in their new, clean bed of hay and I am on my way to the shower.

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