Mindfulness – Radical Lifestyle Change
Watch and read an interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Because it’s so popular nowadays, all of a sudden, everybody’s practicing mindfulness. Everybody says they’re practicing mindfulness. But as I said, this is hard work. I mean, this is not just a concept. So it does require, in some sense, a radical change in your own lifestyle to carve out some time everyday to practice. And I’m serious about this – non-doing. This is so serious that it’s important not to take too seriously. And I’m serious about that. So lots of humor is required. But it also involves, say, in my case, for instance, getting up early, day in, day out, and making time to just be. Nothing, having no email, no phone calls, no television, no, you know, nothing. Just sitting or lying down, you can do this sitting, standing, lying down, walking. But just devoting some time during the day to what we call “formal meditation practice.” That’s hard. Making that lifestyle change is hard and enormous. And our patients do it by the thousands. So, it’s like regular people can take to this and do, like ducks to water because it’s like giving your life back to yourself. But, who’s got time for this crap? So, it’s much better to talk about mindfulness than it is to actually practice because that’s hard work.
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In this DVD, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as a way of “connecting to your life.” He discusses the “hard work” of living in the present moment, the personal and psychological impacts of developing a practice of mindfulness, and the benefits of utilizing mindfulness in therapy. He also touches upon mindfulness in parenting. Drawing upon his years of experience and research in the field of mindfulness, Dr. Kabat-Zinn offers an inspiring and instructive approach for mental health professionals and curious individuals alike.
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