Wisdom 2.0 Conference, 2013
Jon gives a more in-depth overview to delegates (April 2011) at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Centre. (You might want to skip the long-winded intro to this talk.)
Professor Mark Williams heads up the Oxford Centre for Mindfulness - an international centre of excellence at Oxford University.
This is the home of MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy), which grew out of MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), and was specifically developed to help people vulnerable to depression.
In this short YouTube clip, the second in a series of four short videos on mindfulness, he talks in a very accessible way about some of the science. (2011)
Some years ago, I had the immense good fortune and privilege of training with Jon Kabat-Zinn. If you key in 'mindfulness' together with his name on YouTube, you get over 44,000 results! Here, Jon leads a session on Mindfulness at Google (2007). Since that time, with his help, Google went on to develop the acclaimed Google mindfulness training program, Search Inside Yourself (SIY), which is now being taken into countries and corporations worldwide.
A beautiful, accessible book for a first forage in to mindfulness practice. It provides brief and easy access to the essence of mindfulness meditation and its practical applications in everyday life.
"To allow ourselves to be truly in touch with where we already are, no matter what it is, we have got to pause in our experience long enough to let the present moment sink in; long enough to actually feel the present moment, to see it in is fullness, to hold it in awareness and thereby come to know and understand it better. Only then can we accept the truth of this moment of our life, learn from it, and move on. Instead, it often seems as if we are preoccupied with the past, with what has already happened, or with a future that hasn't arrived yet....." Introduction
In the past 30 years, since Jon Kabat-Zinn pioneered the first Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the Massachusetts Medical Centre (its origins in ancient Buddhist psychologies), mindfulness has moved from the margins to the mainstream. There's a wealth of rich resources available, and I'll be sharing some of them with you below.
This seminal work details the 8-week MBSR program at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the
Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at University of Massachusetts
Medical School. My cherished copy has seen so much use over the past 15 years, it's falling
apart. Written with such heartfulness. Highly recommended. Reading it changed my life, literally.
(See About page.) Jon's impact on humanity by bringing mindfulness via MBSR (Mindfulness-
Based Stress Reduction) into medicine, health care and society is huge worldwide, and can only
grow further over time.
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Ruby did several interviews while in Australia, including this one here.
This excellent educational and experiential workbook is for anyone living with stress, anxiety, pain, or illness. Weaving mindfulness into your everyday life not only helps to reduce stress and anxiety, it can also guide you to a life of greater self-compassion, health, wellbeing and peace. (Pub. 2010)
The authors emphasise that it isn't meant to be a substitute for taking the MBSR course itself, but that the workbook can be an avenue to greater peace and healing in your life. It comes with a CD containing all the formal mindfulness meditation practices.
You might like to test this out for yourself.
This beautiful, lyrical, often painfully direct book, withstands a second, even a third reading - and there's still more wisdom to be harvested...the chapter titles hint at the depth of this work - "Keep Looking At The Bandaged Place", "Going Down", "The Devil's Sooty Brother"...
Here's a short excerpt from Being Present (Week 1)
"DON'T TURN YOUR HEAD."
A short clip where Jon defines mindfulness, from a talk Jon gave earlier this year (Jan 2013) for PsychAlive.
If your interest was peaked with the short clip above, here is a more in-depth discussion from Mark Williams about the science of mindfulness. Enjoy!
(Google Tech Talk, 2010)
I've been lucky enough to have attended trainings with Bob Stahl (Centre for Mindfulness, Massachusetts)
on a number of occasions. He is a remarkable teacher. Here in Australia, among the some MBSR community, he is known as 'a heart on legs'. Enjoy.
7-day Training Retreat, MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine, Australia 2009
Last year, Jon Kabat-Zinn was invited to Downing St to advise Downing Street policy makers on how to reduce the UK's National Health Service ballooning costs.
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