Jon Kabat-Zinn

Internationally known scientist, writer, and meditation teacher, 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. Engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society.

Founder of MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction), a method that combines mindfulness meditation and hatha yoga. This work has been widely studied and applied with groups ranging from chronic medical patients suffering from stress, pain, and illness, to lawyers, business people, prison inmates and staff, school children, and Olympic and NBA athletes. Professor Kabat-Zinn is the author of Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness and Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life.

Title of UFCSH talk: “Coming to Our Senses: Living Life As If It Really Mattered”
In this talk, Jon Kabat-Zinn describes mindfulness-based practices for restoring perspective and for waking up to our lives, beginning with our senses. Waking up to our senses at any age, and in any condition, we have the potential to heal and to wake up to the actuality of the world in which we live. This way of being allows us to inhabit both body and world with greater ease and freedom, even in the face of pain and fear, of numbness and feeling overwhelmed. As a result, we can contribute to the healing of mind and body with tenderness, compassion, and integrity in ways that matter profoundly.