2 min video defining mindfulness [https://www.mindful.org/jon-kabat-zinn-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
who am i .. the question is more important than the answer
5 min video on thought bubbles on bigthink [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Nsa45d0XE]
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
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
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.