“The two fundamental things that most people get out of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program are that (1) the breath is an ally and can be used to calm down and see more clearly, and that (2) you are not the content of your thoughts. You don't have to believe them or react to them. That's incredibly liberating.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD
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Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. The author of three best-selling books — Full Catastrophe Living; Wherever You Go, There You Are; and Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness — Dr. Kabat-Zinn founded the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts. His work has deeply influenced the growing movement of mindfulness in mainstream institutions including health care, education, business, policy and sports. Since 1979, Dr. Kabat-Zinn's research has focused on mind-body interactions for healing; on the clinical applications of mindfulness meditation training for chronic pain and/or stress-related disorders; on the effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) on the brain and the immune system; and on stress in various corporate settings and work environments. Over 200 medical centers nationwide and abroad now use the MBSR model. Dr. Kabat-Zinn was the founding convener of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, a network of deans, chancellors and faculty at major US medical schools engaged with integrative medicine. He currently sits on the Board of the Mind and Life Institute, a group that organizes dialogues between the Dalai Lama and western scientists and scholars that probe the fundamental nature of the mind, emotions, and reality.