jon kabat-zinn

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put his quote on top on mindfulness page (not sure where i got it).. adding this page and book notes (on mindfulness page) via al share


2 min video defining mindfulness []

the awareness that arise thru paying attention on purpose in the present moment non judgmentally.. in the service of self understanding and wisdom

self-talk as data

there’s no you that you can actually find if you start to peel back the labels

the it is me.. never just me.. always changing

who am i .. the question is more important than the answer


5 min video on thought bubbles on bigthink []

when you realize thoughts aren’t you.. you can observe them like a scientist

you don’t have to get rid of thoughts.. trying to do that gives you a head ache.. no way to sweep thoughts away

when you see you’re not your thoughts.. can observe them.. in scientific/kind way.. you can see.. if you don’t touch them.. they liberate themselves naturally..  thoughts and emotions.. don’t need to do anything with it.. just embracing of it.. liberates it

this is not rocket science.. all you need to do is get out of your own way

maybe we need to create a greater arena for our thoughts.. and watch how they not only self liberate but also inform each other .. and then all of a sudden you see something that no one in the history of mankind has ever seen before.. insight.. you’ll have profound insights.. go as far as thought can take you and then rest in awareness..

self-talk as data


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Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. is a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher. He is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

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Jon Kabat-Zinn (born Jon Kabat, June 5, 1944) is an American professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Kabat-Zinn was a student of Zen Buddhist teachers such as Philip Kapleau, Thich Nhat Hanh and Seung Sahn and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center. His practice of yoga and studies with Buddhist teachers led him to integrate their teachings with scientific findings. He teaches mindfulness, which he says can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness. The stress reduction program created by Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), is offered by medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations

Kabat-Zinn was born in New York City in 1944 as the youngest of nine children to Elvin Kabat, a biomedical scientist, and Sally Kabat, a painter. He graduated from Haverford College in 1964 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in molecular biology in 1971 from MIT, where he studied under Salvador Luria, Nobel Laureate in medicine.

While at MIT, Kabat-Zinn was a leading campaigner against military research at the university as well as a campaigner against the Vietnam war. During this time, he pondered his life’s purpose, which he called his “karmic assignment.”


He removed the Buddhist framework and any connection between mindfulness and Buddhism, instead putting MBSR in a scientific context


MBSR has been adapted for use by the US military to improve combatants’ “operational effectiveness,” apparently with Kabat-Zinn’s approval, which has provoked some controversy among mindfulness practitioners



Kabat-Zinn is married to Myla Zinn, the daughter of Roslyn and Howard Zinn. They have three grown children.