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Recommended listening: Opening to Our Lives — Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Science of Mindfulness from Being

Scientist and author Jon Kabat-Zinn has changed medicine through his work on meditation and stress. This program explores what he has learned, through science and experience, about mindfulness as a way of life; about slowing down time, as he says, and “opening to our lives.” This is wisdom with immediate relevance to the ordinary and extreme stresses of our time — from economic peril, to parenting, to life in a digital age.

Krista Tippet writes:

“…I had read and heard of Jon Kabat-Zinn for years. But I hadn’t really grasped that he is first a scientist — a molecular biologist — and second one of the world’s leading experts on meditation. And it was when I listened to talks he’d given at Google and MIT that I really wanted to have this conversation with him. He is the real thing — a teacher — with a personal combination of erudition, warmth, wit, and wisdom. As we began to speak, he told me that the seeds were planted in his earliest life with his microbiologist father and painter mother to pursue the nature of the human condition in its fullest sense.

In more than three decades of work at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Jon Kabat-Zinn has contributed mightily to demystifying meditation — taking it out of a box that says it is only for Buddhists or special practitioners, then studying its effects clinically and bringing the fruits of his research into life-changing work with the ill and dying, with leaders, and with Olympic athletes. He has followed a conviction that began to grow in him after he began to meditate while a doctoral student at MIT in 1966: that if the deepest insights behind mindfulness meditation are true, they must be true for everyone, in every circumstance.

Krista Tippett, host of Being

Krista Tippett, host of Being

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Books By Jon Kabat-Zinn include Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness and The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness. Mindfulness for Beginners is an audio introduction to study.