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Jon Kabat-Zinn, American Educator ( June 5, 1944 - )

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When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


You Interesting Attention

You don't need the iPhone: you have the most exquisite apparatus in the known universe sitting right in your head - the most complex organization of matter in the entire universe. And here are we, feeling a little depressed, feeling like we're not getting where we need to be, when really you might be exactly where you need to be.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Universe Feeling You

In Asian languages, the word for 'mind' and the word for 'heart' are same. So if you're not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you're not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Kindness Deep Wise

All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Stress Suffering Looking

Mindfulness is about love and loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Life Love Compassion

Mindfulness is so powerful that the fact that it comes out of Buddhism is irrelevant.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Powerful Fact Mindfulness

Even before smart phones and the Internet, we had many ways to distract our selves. Now that's compounded by a factor of trillions.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Smart Internet Now

There are certain ways in which I cultivate awareness, both through mindful yoga and taking care of my body and taking time to actually drop as deeply as possible into stillness, into whatever is unfolding in the present moment.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Time Moment Care

The real meditation practice is how we live our lives from moment to moment to moment.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Moment Practice Live

Too much of the education system orients students toward becoming better thinkers, but there is almost no focus on our capacity to pay attention and cultivate awareness.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Education Focus Better

Most people think that to meditate, I should feel a particular special something, and if I don't, then I must be doing something wrong.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


People Doing Think

To drop into being means to recognize your interconnectedness with all life, and with being itself. Your very nature is being part of larger and larger spheres of wholeness.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Life Nature Drop

Breathing is central to every aspect of meditation training. It's a wonderful place to focus in training the mind to be calm and concentrated.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Focus Training Mind

The mind that has not been developed or trained is very scattered. That's the normal state of affairs, but it leaves us out of touch with a great deal in life, including our bodies.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Life Great Mind

Most people don't realize that the mind constantly chatters. And yet, that chatter winds up being the force that drives us much of the day in terms of what we do, what we react to, and how we feel.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Day People Mind

Writing can be an incredible mindfulness practice.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Writing Practice

Paying attention and awareness are universal capacities of human beings.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Human Awareness Attention

Sometimes shutting off the sound on the television can allow you to actually watch the game and take it in in an entirely different and more direct way - a first-order, first-person experience - rather than filtered through the mind of another.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Experience Mind Game

Mindfulness is often spoken of as the heart of Buddhist meditation. It's not about Buddhism, but about paying attention. That's what all meditation is, no matter what tradition or particular technique is used.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Heart Meditation Tradition

When you have children, you realize how easy it is to not see them fully, and perhaps miss all those early years. If you are not careful, you can be too absorbed in work, and they will be only too happy to tell you about it later. Being a parent is one of greatest mindfulness practices of all.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Work Children Happy

It is what makes us human, what distinguishes us from other animals. We can be aware of being aware.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Animals Human Other

There are many different aspects to a formal meditation practice. But the real meditation practice is how you interface with life from moment-to-moment, no matter what's happening. Especially when you are awake, which is pretty much most of the time except for deep sleep.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Life Time Deep

I'll take transformational change any way it comes. One way to look at meditation is as a kind of intrapsychic technology that's been developed over thousands of years by traditions that know a lot about the mind/body connection. To call what happens 'the placebo effect' is just to give a name to something we don't understand.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Change Technology Name

I'm challenging everybody on every side of every divide to be more who they are, to cultivate their capacity for awareness.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Awareness Side Capacity

I was very much a tough New York street kid. I went to a school where you had to learn how to get along with everybody or fight with everybody, and I did my fair share of both.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


School Fight Learn

Science gave me a cosmic religious feeling, and I would get the same feeling when I was dragged to the Met and the Museum of Modern Art.~Jon Kabat-Zinn


Art Science Me