The Healing Power of Mindfulness
Living Your Moments as if They Really Mattered — Because They Do
Lecture and Conversation with
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn
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|Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. is a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher. He is Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, as well as founder and former director of its world-renown Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Clinic.
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October 9, 2015 at 5:30 PM
Donna E. Shalala Student Activities Center
Parking Available at the Pavia Parking Garage
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Admission is $15 for students and $25 for general admission.
Over the past thirty-six years, mindfulness meditation, often spoken of as the heart of Buddhist meditation, has been incorporated into a broad range of clinical programs in both medicine and psychology for the treatment of both physical and psychological difficulties, stress, pain, and chronic illness. Its reception and adoption in many sectors of mainstream society have been astonishing, and continue to both broaden and deepen, driven in large measure by new research findings in neuroscience, biology, psychology, and medicine.
In this talk, Jon Kabat-Zinn will describe some of the exciting findings in this new field and argue that how we consciously interface with the unfolding of our lives from moment to moment, both inwardly and outwardly, can make a huge difference in our own mental, emotional, and physical well-being, and also in that of society as a whole. What this means in practical terms is that in order to optimize our health, well-being, and quality of life in this age of ever-mounting stress and speed, we actually need to learn how to inhabit our present moments with awareness, self-compassion, equanimity, and a sense of interconnectedness. That is a capacity that is innate to us as human beings. It is also an art-form or skill that we can develop through ongoing practice, just as we develop our muscles through exercising them.
The evening will include some time for practice and dialogue.