"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 always available, but it typically eludes us, especially in times of difficulty and external pressures.
The programs and materials available through this site are designed to help you experience mindfulness more consistently in life, work and relationship. A live, in-person Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class is the best way to learn mindfulness. The next local MBSR class is scheduled to begin March 11, in Moscow, Idaho. To find live, in-person MBSR offerings in your area, try a web search such as "MBSR Minneapolis" or "MBSR London".
If it's not possible for you to take an in-person class, the Online MBSR course on this site is 100% free. It follows the same course curriculum and uses all the same resources that are used in the in-person course.
Resources on this site
Even if you can't find the time to do an in-person class or the online course, there is a wealth of material on this site, all of it free. Much of it is organized around the eight-week course (see MBSR "At a Glance"), and includes Guided Mindfulness Practices, as well as practice guides, videos and writings. The video and writing offerings are by well-known teachers such as 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 MBSR course contains a very good Introduction to Mindfulness, and the Resources page provides a number of other resources, including information about Scientific Research documenting the effects of mindfulness meditation, Training Centers for further training in mindfulness, and Graduate Readings from the monthly MBSR Graduate meetings.
* Much of the material on this site is drawn from the works of other teachers and writers in the spirit of making mindfulness more widely available. My thanks to them for helping to make these free resources possible. I hope you enjoy your exploration of this site and its resources...
- Dave Potter