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.’

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Mindfulness Stress Reduction And Healing

Coming to Our Senses with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Center For Mindfulness Keynote Address Excerpt

Talk Excerpt

Video Of Interview On XM Radio Part 1

Video Of Interview On XM Radio Part 2

What is mindfulness?

‘Here’s the secret (about the Stress Reduction Clinic), it was never about stress reduction…’

Cultivating Intimacy With The Full Spectrum Of What It Means To Be Human

Drop Into Being: Non-judgemental Awareness And Discovery

The Importance Of Cultivating Balance

A brief talk about the science of mindfulness.

Obama: A Mindful President

‘Compassion naturally arises out of mindfulness.’

‘The knowing itself is inherently compassionate.’

Q: As a culture are we moving in a mindful direction?

On how to foster the meeting of minds and hearts.



Science Of Mindfulness (Interview With Jon Kabat-Zinn)




Why Even Bother? The Importance of Meditation

Coming to Our Senses: A Conversation with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindful Parenting

Wikipedia Entry (Short Bio)

How To Become A Mindful Parent

The Healing Power of Mindfulness: Living Your Life as if it Really Matters (Transcript)

What is my job on the planet with a capital J?




Full Catastrophe Living

Coming To Our Senses

Guided Mindfulness Meditation (Audiobook)

Mindfulness For Beginners (Audiobook)

Arriving At Your Own Door

Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work Of Mindful Parenting

Letting Everything Become Your Teacher

Mindfulness Meditation For Pain Relief (Audiobook)

Pebbles And Pearls (Audiobook)

Clinical Handbook Of Mindfulness




Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society

Mind And Life Institute

Social Media:

The Mind And Life Institute On Facebook

The Mind And Life Institute On Twitter




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,
pure feeling,
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

(no title)
by unknown

One day I turned my head for a moment

And it became my life.


Jon Kabat-Zinn Quotes:

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.