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The Science Of Mindfulness

Mindfulness guru Jon Kabat-Zinn (Flickr/UW Health)

Mindfulness guru Jon Kabat-Zinn (Flickr/UW Health)

Turning off your devices and stopping the chatter in your brain is difficult, but increasingly, evidence shows that being in the present moment, or practicing mindfulness, is really beneficial. And it’s certainly in vogue. A few years back, a report from the NIH found that Americans spent about $4-billion dollars on mindfulness-related alternative medicine in just one year. Educators, the tech sector, members of Congress and even the Pentagon are employing its techniques to achieve focus in a frantic world. 

Guest

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus and 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.


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  • Balachundhar Subramaniam

    The concept is excellent. However, there is much more to awareness, in my opinion. There are a plenty of people who understand the concept but find it difficult to start or sustain. I strongly believe that the way it is imparted to the practitioners needs attention. I would love to know how JKZ started his journey and how is he able to sustain it. In the EAST, this has been taught and sustained over generations in the last 15000 to 40000 years, by various GURUs. I am thankful for their contribution without which none of these things would exist now. I wish NPR takes this further and engage some GURUs who are making silent revolution such as the ISHAyoga (the one I know of) foundation or many such that I am not aware of. It is time and now to make the world a much better place to live. We have come too far without any awareness of how to be a human. Raising human consciousness needs to happen with leaders such as JKZ and my own GURU (ishayogafoundation.org). How nice it will be if all these leaders get together and operate from a combined platform?

  • Vandermeer

    throw your iphone, ipad and computer away. plant a garden, knit a sweater, make a soup, build a book shelf, paint a room, clean a drawer, shovel the snow.

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