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Jon Kabat-Zinn – The Deeper Dimensions of Mindfulness

Jon Kabat-Zinn – The Deeper Dimensions of Mindfulness

Jon Kabat-Zinn is a Professor of Medicine Emeritus, mindfulness teacher, bestselling author and founder of the groundbreaking Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. He is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Jon has received numerous awards for his work on MBSR such as the Interface Foundation Career Achievement Award and the New York Open Center’s 10th Year Anniversary Achievement in Medicine and Health Award in 1994; the Art, Science and Soul of Healing Award from the Institute of Health and Healing, California Pacific Medical Center in 1998; the 2nd Trailblazer Award for pioneering work in the field of integrative medicine by the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in 2001; the Distinguished Friend Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in 2005; and, an Inaugural Pioneer in Integrative Medicine Award from the Bravewell Philanthropic Collaborative for Integrative Medicine in 2007. Jon has been a pioneer in making mindfulness mainstream.

In this interview Jon touches in on the deeper dimensions of mindfulness practice and the ‘self realisation’ that unfolds as a result of the practice. He clears up some common misconceptions about mindfulness and invites us to know for ourselves the sacredness that is inherent in this present moment (If we’ll only wake up to it).

He also answers the question “Is there a right way to practice” or a “right tradition” and gives wise advice on dealing with one of the biggest challenges in awakening.

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A link to Eckhart Tolle’s Book ‘The Power of Now’

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489 Responses

  1. Giuliana Pareja

    Thank you so much Melli for such wonderful summit. I learned so much with it and it brought the equilibrium and peace I needed in my life in a very difficult moment.
    I really hope that this is just the beginning of many other summits! 🙂
    God bless.

    1. deper_m3855

      Thank you, Melli.
      What an awesome feat and how inspiring!
      I am truly grateful for being allowed the opportunity to be with these humble and yet truly HUGE speakers.
      Keep doing what you are doing.
      Love and silence,
      Michele de P

  2. Hidayat Ullah

    My deepest gratitude for providing an opportunity to be a part of Mindfulness summit.
    The immense knowledge ,wealth and guidance is enlightening.
    I hope to see more of it in near future.
    This is our only hope, in the right direction, if we are to save humanity and our planet..

  3. Kelly Rogers

    Dear Melli,
    I hope you are feeling the gratitude and blessings being sent to you from all over the world. Thank you for listening to your dream; it blossomed into a life-changing, heart-opening gift for so many people. I do not want to lose the sweet momentum of this experience, so I got the Full Access Pass and am repeating the summit, beginning today.
    Your generosity is a gift to the world. Thank you.
    Kelly Rogers in Boulder, Colorado

  4. Erika Horwitz

    I am in awe of what you did and how much it touched our lives. Your dream and vision became a reality, and your gift and service. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this happen. I have been practicing for over 10 years and I am humbled by all the learning I received. You made a definite contribution to the world! Please receive a tight hug from Canada and give one to Matt as well!

  5. Robert Doherty

    Thank you Melli and all involved in this summit! This is truly transforming lives from the inside out. It was wonderful to take part in. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and I wish you all the best.

    Thank you again and bless you all!
    Kindest Regards,

  6. margaret Boylan

    Thank you so much Meli +Matt for the opportunity to be a part of such wonderfully informative and enjoyable summit,for me it was a timely reminder of the enormus benefits of medition and has prompted a return to daily practice. It was an massive undertaking and you made it successful with a calm serenity.
    Be well and happy,
    Margaret Boylan.

  7. tineke hovenier

    Dear Meli, team and speakers, thank you so much for offering this priceless experience and that at no cost. Truly inspiring. Best wishes to all, Tineke, Netherlands

  8. Parkash T.+Mansukhani

    Thank You Melli and Matt for making this happen and to all the Speakers who shared from their hearts. We are all truly blessed. Certainly a milestone for Mindfulness… a Sacred and Gentle Smile to You. With Lovingkindness from the Philippines (mindfulness.ph). Be Well, Be Happy and Full of Heartfulness/Kindfulness!

  9. koteikyen1986

    Thank you to Meli and team for bringing this to the world.
    It definitely required tremendous and amazing effort to bring this to the worldwide audience.
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
    May God bless you all.

    TY Ko, Malaysia

  10. Richard O'Rourke

    I want to add my deepest thanks to Meli and all that contributed to making this summit so wonderfully rich, interesting and transformative for so many people.

    thank you!


  11. Soňa Papajová

    Hello Melli and the team.
    Many thanks for this wonderful summit from me and my soon-to-be-born little Michal.
    The summit came in great timing for me (us) to enjoy it fully 🙂
    Great speakers, great mediation practices, great idea!
    Soňa from Slovakia

  12. Kala

    It’s been such a special October . I took up the challenge of being mindful most of the day and seen changes happening within me and around me. The daily talks by masters in mindfulness strengthened my commitment and were truly transformative.
    I am deeply grateful to you Melli and your team for bringing this wisdom package at our doorstep at no cost.????

  13. Lorraine Simpsonl

    Thank you Meli and Matt and all those who took part in this amazing month. I believe it has been transformational for many and for me it has reinforced my belief that by following a path of mindful living can and will change the world for the better. Namaste

  14. Jerry

    Thank you Meli & Matt for a course which allowed me to gain and learn so many different perspectives on Mindfulness. For me the most important teaching came from Rick Hanson, where he explains that by itself Mindfulness isn’t enough. We need to follow a a moral code if we are to reap the full benefits of Mindfulness. It is at the end of the day a tool, a torch, that we can shine into our thoughts, feelings and perceptions and in so doing allow ourselves to moral choices on what we think, say and do. Thank You.

  15. Bodeanu Sasa

    Hey! I’ve been watching almost all of these most inspiring and beautiful videos, and I have to say I’ve had lots to learn! I am really really grateful for your implication and want to thank you for doing this! Love and light from Romania!

  16. Sarah Walters

    Melli and Matt, all speakers and everyone involved – a heartfelt thank you. Melli – I am so grateful that you chose to make this summit happen. It has been a truly inspirational experience. I too look forward to the next chapter. Until then, may all beings be happy. Much love, Sarah

  17. Rosann Lampkin

    I just had the opportunity to watch Jon and Melli’s dialogue exploring the deeper dimensions of mindfulness… deep bows of gratitude and awe to you both!

    Jon, your love affair with mindfulness and your boundless generosity with the sharing of it has been an inspiration to me for a long time now. I spent a week with you and Saki Santorelli at Mt Madonna retreat center in CA in February of 2012… that experience renewed and confirmed a need in me to both practice more deeply and share mindfulness with others in the educational realm. Thank you… your spark of genius has helped change the world!

    Melli… I am in awe regarding what you have just accomplished. This summit has been the most joyous of classrooms! I loved your deep, sincere connection with each of the speakers, your obvious delight in the process, and your kind, sweet nature. I look forward to further connection with you, whether in cyberspace or in person (I have already checked out your retreat schedule :)). Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

    In deep metta… Rosann

  18. da Nord

    How can one not be deeply grateful and filled with inner peace after this meditation held by the wonderful J K-Z. Thank you! – And thank you so very much Melli for having organized this month of very special mindfulness connections! There could not have been a more timely moment in my life for that.

  19. Jude

    Melli and matt, I can’t thank you enough for this summit. I have done Jon’s stress reduction course 1 year ago and meditation has since been part of my life and mindfulness practice. To hear him speak here was a joy- although I have seen many interviews online with him- to hear him speak about mindfulness not being turned into something it isn’t- a belief ,or a product, a ‘fix it’ to your life were golden words. I have always been trying to keep ahead of things and love reading articles about mindfulness but I had never heard of many of these speakers before; Saki, Rick Hanson – these guys have to an extent shifted my perspective and I want to know more and more by doing my own pratise and having the comfort of knowing there is a large community out there. No matter how many times you hear it it is reassuring to always know you are not your thoughts. I loved the talk with Ruby Wax, a warrior for mental health and listening to the compassion and beauty of Tara.. Thank you so much for this free, incredible chance to know these guys and learn from what they are saying. From me and my husband Grazie mille- we did the online meditation with everyone on Sat night Italian time in Assis- the city of peace. Peace to you all.

  20. Shuchi

    A heartfelt thank you Melli and Matt for putting together this amazing month of enlightening information. And thank you to all the speakers for taking the time out and sharing your experiences and perspectives.

    Warmest regards,

  21. Maria Rosalia+Morales+M.

    Muchas gracias por esta increible experiencia. Fue un placer estar día a día escuchando tal valiosas experiencias. Espero que se repita.
    Gracias Milli por tu esfuerzo que salió tan bien y muchas felicidades
    Voy a escuchar nuevamente a cada uno de los invitados, espero que no los quiten para poder disfrutarlos nuevamente.

  22. I would just like to express how much Matty and I have been touched by your kind messages of thanks. We have been inundated with really special messages and stories that have touched out hearts and moved us to tears on more than one occasion in these past days. I don’t think I can ever recall feeling so deeply fulfilled and connected with so many people. We have a strong desire to continue to support this community in any way we can so we’ll stay in touch and let you know what comes next. Wishing you all peace, presence and joy – Melli

  23. Alison

    My heart has been deeply touched by this final meditation and all of the sessions I was able to be present for over this month. Thank you Melli and Matt for making this event of connection through our awakened minds possible. I feel privileged to have ben a part of this incredible life enhancing event.
    Mil gracias de Panama.

  24. Lucienne von+Goertz

    Thank you so much for all ; the Peace, Focus, Acceptance, Serenity, Awareness, Sharing, Helping, and of course most of all LOVE ! What a fantastic idea to have this summit ! well done Melli , Matt and all who accepted her offer take part. 🙂 looking forward to listening to another one in the near future !

  25. Chen Profesorsky

    Thank you Melli and all else who took part in this amazing summit. I have been taking part in many online meditation projects and I will say this – Kudos for an amazing process planned and executed. Looking forward for more interaction with you and will gladly contribute from my end of the world (Israel)

    1. Vijay B.

      Thank you for such a nice inspiring summit. Mindfulness has changed my life!! I have a request for you: Can you please filter all the audio meditations because there is a huge amount of noise in the background and it is not very convenient to meditate. I am sure a lot of people might have felt that. I would really be grateful to you if could do this simple thing!!

  26. Vijay B.

    Thank you for such a nice & inspiring summit. Mindfulness has changed my life!! I have a request for you: Can you please filter all the audio meditations because there is a huge amount of noise in the background and it is not very convenient to meditate. I am sure a lot of people might have felt that. I would really be grateful to you if could do this simple thing!!

  27. Ed Reifel

    Thank you for this meditation today. It was a very nice surprise to get this after the summit has been over for almost a month now … although continuing in all our hearts of course. I think about it often and added so many wonderful, new, dimensions to my own practice.
    Thanks again and I’m so sorry to hear of your loss and hard times. All the best to you.

  28. Henrietta Haines

    Thank you for your gracious gift. I noticed today that my life had changed. And when I searched for the reason and the cause I found it was the month that I had spent with you.

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