A collection of speeches, interviews, and articles by or including Jon Kabat-Zinn. This page is in a very early stage right now but there’s still some amazing stuff here…
‘Practice moment to moment non-judgemental awareness.’
A Taste Of Mindfulness
by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Have you ever had the experience of stopping so completely,
of being in your body so completely,
of being in your life so completely,
that what you knew and what you didn’t know,
that what had been and what was yet to come,
and the way things are right now,
no longer held even the slightest hint of anxiety or discord,
a moment of complete presence beyond striving,
beyond mere acceptance,
beyond the desire to escape or fix anything or plunge ahead,
a moment of pure being,
no longer in time,
a moment of pure seeing,
a moment in which life simply is,
and that is-ness grabs you by all your senses,
all your memories, by your very genes,
by your loves,
and welcomes you home,
that is a taste of mindfulness.
Love after Love
by Derek Walcott
The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
Me from Myself — to banish
by Emily Dickinson
Me from Myself—to banish—
Had I Art –
Impregnable my Fortress
Unto All Heart –
But since Myself — assault Me –
How have I peace
Except by subjugating
And since We’re mutual Monarch
How this be
Except by Abdication –
Me — of Me?
I Am Not I (excerpt)
by Juan Ramirez
I am not I
I am this one standing beside me who I do not see
Who I sometimes manage to visit
But at other times I forget
One day I turned my head for a moment
And it became my life.
Practice moment to moment non-judgemental awareness.
You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
…if you’re not cultivating mindfulness, you’re cultivating reactivity.
Those are interesting moments if we are willing to stand inside them.
And medicine, from the very beginning, has really always been about the embracing of the person who is suffering with compassion and with empathy and with the intention to serve from the deepest place of one’s self as a healer or as a physician, as a teacher. That means in some way, recognizing the sacred privilege of being able to work with people who are in pain and suffering. And do what it is we can for them, using all of our greatest diagnostic methodologies and treatment interventions, but at the same time recognizing that we are dealing with a whole human being, and that our first calling is to at least do no harm. And, if we don’t recognize the person as a whole human being, we’re already in some way doing harm.
‘What is my job on the planet?’ is one question we might do well to ask ourselves over and over again. Otherwise, we may wind up doing somebody else’s job and not even know it.
For the full list of Jon Kabat-Zinn quotes see the Jon Kabat-Zinn quotes page.