"Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment..." - Jon Kabat-Zinn
For most of us, when this happens, it's unexpected, maybe while walking on a mountain trail on a crisp autumn day, or being so focused in work or play that you are not thinking about past or future, or connecting with someone in a way that makes it seem like time is standing still. This state of being alive and whole in the present moment is available to all of us, but it typically eludes us, especially in times of difficulty and external pressures.
The programs and materials available through this site are based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), as taught at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and are designed to help you experience mindfulness more consistently in life, work and relationship. An in-person MBSR course is the best way to learn to integrate mindfulness in your life, but if it's not possible for you to take an in-person class, you are invited to take the free Online MBSR course available on this site, which includes the same Guided Practices that are used in the in-person course.
Resources on this site
In addition to the guided practices, the eight week MBSR curriculum, freely provided on this site, contains many resources including practice guides as well as videos and writings by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Wherever You Go, There You Are), Pema Chodron (When Things Fall Apart), Tara Brach (Radical Acceptance), Sylvia Boorstein (Don't Just Do Something, Sit There), Sharon Salzberg (A Heart As Wide as the World), Robert Sapolsky (Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers), Marshall Rosenberg (Non-Violent Communication), and Susan Bauer-Wu (Leaves Falling Gently).
The online course contains a very good Introduction to Mindfulness, and the Resources page provides information about scientific research documenting the effects of mindfulness meditation, graduate program readings, information about local meditation groups, and retreat and training centers.
I hope you enjoy your exploration of this site and its resources...
- Dave Potter