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Watch Jon Kabat-Zinn discuss Mindfulness and Resilience During Challenging Times

The Live Call with Jon Kabat-Zinn will be hosted on Zoom on Tuesday, May 19th 7:30am PDT (Los Angeles) | 10:30am EDT (New York) | 3:30pm (London) | 12:30am Next Day (Sydney) | See Your Timezone. The call recording will be posted here within 24-48 hours after the initial airing.

If you are unable to join on Zoom, you can also access the Youtube Livestream below!

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

Mindfulness and Resilience in Challenging Times

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Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

Mindfulness and Resilience in Challenging Times

About Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

JON KABAT-ZINN, PhD, is founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founding director of its renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in various venues around the world. He is the founding convener of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, and serves on the Board of the Mind and Life Institute, a group that organizes dialogues between the Dalai Lama and Western scientists to promote deeper understanding of different ways of knowing and probing the nature of mind, emotions, and reality.

About Reena Kotecha

Dr. Reena Kotecha is a medical physician trained at Imperial College London, UK, where she specialised in neuroscience and mental well-being research.Having spent the early part of her career in the National Health Service (NHS) as a hospital doctor Reena expanded her practice to focus on evidence-based approaches that improve employee health and well-being. She developed the ‘Mindful Medics’ programme which continues to enhance the personal and professional lives of many healthcare professionals. Alongside this Reena works in corporate education as a consultant in global organizations across both private and public sectors. Learn more about Reena and her work on her website.


  1. Kutie N September 19, 2020 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Excellent presentation and very inspiring indeed.

  2. Princ Goodluck Obi June 18, 2020 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    My name is Prince Goodluck Obi , a development Expert working in various areas but not limited to Public health , Peace and Conflict Resolution , Human Rights , Security-related interventions , Youth development and empowerment etc. Am from Nigeria and my area of focus in health and related matters ibclude but not limited to HIV/AIDS COVID 19 related issues and i volunteer and work among the poorest of the poor communities in Nigeria.
    Let me use this opportunity to request possible collaboration with your organisation in bringing this Mindful lectures as it affects the COVID 19 pandemic in Nigeria and other assistance to my organisation and the poorest of the poor people in Nigeria.

  3. Mariana June 2, 2020 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Hello, I am a Clinical Psychologist and Life Coach, I work with ex-pats and mindfullness is a core part of my practice.

  4. Adalia Maritza Jansen June 2, 2020 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Adalia Jansen, Mental Health Therapist, Professional Counselor. Born in Peru South America, I have been in the US, in Wisconsin for the last 25 years.
    The last few years have been difficult in the US. Since we notice a large number of teens taking their own lives. I took the initiative to started a nonprofit organization call YOUTH QUALITY LIFE, Inc Mindfulness will be a program offered in our organizations since it has been proved to be so highly effective.
    Our goal is to get formal training by Dr. Kabat-Zinn

  5. Gina Hovis June 1, 2020 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Thank you for all that your all doing at providing this information to our society of healthcare workers and healers.
    I am an Intuitive and Healing Touch Pracitioner and Public Safety Crisis Chaplain. (Experienced in working as a former Medic and Law Enforcement Officer.) Mindfullness awareness is so much needed in assisting others to heal, the mind, body and soul. Lets help our brothers and sisters in the medical field and public safety, bringing healing to ALL the trauma they see on a daily.

    Big fan of pod- cas and summits !!!!!!

  6. Zorayda Cocchi May 28, 2020 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Zorayda Cocchi, OTR/L, RYT . Occupational Therapist, born in Colombia, South America, but now working in Connecticut, USA. Thank you so much for bringing this series to us.

  7. Mira Zeimer May 23, 2020 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    I am a therapist in Melbourne, Australia. Thank you for this wonderful information and reminding me how important this practice is for clients experiencing trauma. It is so good for me to take care of myself while helping others to manage their difficult circumstances. With thanks, Mira Zeimer

  8. Lori May 21, 2020 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you for connecting us all- My specialty is Cardiology but a background in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. Looking forward to connecting with all.

  9. Heather K Elrod May 21, 2020 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Hello Reena and Jon. I am an ICU nurse in the Chicago suburbs. Being on the Frontline I have seen it all. The emotional and physical toll of caring for COVID patients is immeasurable. Thank you for giving me some ideas of how to calm my anxiety during and after my shifts.

  10. Elena May 21, 2020 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Thanks again for your time.

  11. Guadalupe Garrido Pastor May 20, 2020 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Guadalupe Garrido from Madrid Spain

    Jena and Jon I want to tell you thanks, I really enjoyed to listen you, you have been a big present for me today, I am a teacher and nutritionist at the Sport Sciences University in Madrid; at these moments we live very stressful moments, towards you I received a peaceful energy that really I appreciated very much …Your compassion and humanity touch me very deeply…: I found myself in your path at the compassion cultivated training.

  12. Guadalupe Garrido Pastor May 20, 2020 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Guadalupe Garrido from Madrid Spain

    Jena and Jon I want to tell you thanks, I really enjoyed to listen you, you have been a big present for me today, I am a teacher at the Sport Sciences University in Madrid and at these moments we live very stressful moments, towards you I received a peaceful energy that really I appreciated very much …Your compassion and humanity touch me very deeply…: I found myself in your path at the compassion cultivated training.

  13. S. Rose May 20, 2020 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Sr. Rose, a chaplain at PSHSTJOSEPH M.C., Reading,Pa

    • Anna May 20, 2020 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      Anna, psychotherapist in Berlin, Germany

  14. Lisa Giorgilli May 20, 2020 at 5:12 am - Reply

    Lisa G – Beebe Healthcare – Lewes, Delaware

  15. Sharon Robinson May 20, 2020 at 3:27 am - Reply

    Sharon, Elementary Teacher in Australia.
    Thank you Reena and Jon for this encouraging and compassionate support. Thank you to the Awake Network for being proactive. I love that mindfulness melds with gratitude to help us being thankful in the moment.
    As Albert Einstein said: “Learn from yesterday, Live for today and Hope for tomorrow.”
    To Maria Del Mar Lopez: there is a research project currently at the University of Adelaide using the free Australian mindfulness app “Smiling Mind” with children with autism.

  16. Isabela May 20, 2020 at 12:12 am - Reply

    Isabela K Z-S, mindfulness, yoga and languages teacher, emotional-intelligence neuroeducator. Thank you to the whole team and thanks to Jon and his wise words always, always so simple, deep and wise. I would like to know points of view on how to deal with children, parents and educators during these hard times…

  17. Stephen Brandow May 19, 2020 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    please monitor carefully for comments regarding judgements as a chaplain I serve all not to criticize

    • susan schweizer May 20, 2020 at 8:37 am - Reply

      This is Susan. I’m a home care physical therapist in PA, USA

  18. Maddie May 19, 2020 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  19. Linda McKee May 19, 2020 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Thank you for reminding me that I can’t do it wrong with my less than ideal meditative practice. It can be lonely out here navigating the new realities in support of in-home elder care individuals.

  20. Elizabeth Berlasso May 19, 2020 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    The answer that Jon provided to Nurse Maureen (first question) was incredibly helpful. So ordinary, so immediate. Thank you to all for contributing to this.

  21. Renu May 19, 2020 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    “Put out the doormat “ is very poignant powerful reminder for my practice.
    Thank you John and Reena!
    Thanks to all who organized this series.

  22. Milagros Elia May 19, 2020 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Milagros Elia, Nurse Practitioner, Yoga Professional & Community Health Program Consultant. Deeply grateful for this series! Thank you!

  23. Sinéad Creedon May 19, 2020 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Sinéad Creedon – Infection Prevention & Control Nurse Specialist and Psychological Coach (Positive psychology). Just caught the recording this evening. That was outstanding. Thank you Jon, Reena and Barry!!

  24. Jhoanne May 19, 2020 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Hi there. I am jhoanne. I finished a degree in medicine but pursued the path of being a medical laboratory technologist. I am new at this…but i am very excited what help and changes can it bring to my life.

  25. Jody Treu May 19, 2020 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    That was beautiful! Reena did a wonderful job of moderating and adding insight. Dr. Kabat-Zinn was brilliant as always. I feel like EVERYONE needs to talk to him once in their lifetime or at least listen to one of his guided sessions. Mindfulness is REAL and evidence-based and it works. Thank you!

  26. Adrienne May 19, 2020 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Adi Robinson PCMHW in Mental Health & Teacher Trainer in Mindfulness Based Approaches. Thank you for offer of listening in.

  27. Ina Stephens May 19, 2020 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for doing this! I am a Pediatric Infectious Disease specialist, and Director of the Pediatric Medical Yoga and Integrative Health clinic at University of Virginia. Your wisdom and compassion is what the world needs now!! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  28. Sheilah May 19, 2020 at 11:57 am - Reply

    First I want to thank you both for sharing your wisdom with us.
    I’m a recovery room nurse in Ontario Canada and am so appreciative of how mindfulness has supported me personally and professionally during this time of change…so much more for me to learn too. Thank you again.

  29. Thers May 19, 2020 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I am a person struggling during this time.

    • Mary M Robertson June 29, 2020 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Thank you, many thanks!

  30. Andrea May 19, 2020 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for these lectures, I enjoy…….
    Reena, I would like to contact you if it possible?
    Thank you…..Zagreb, Croatia, EU

  31. Martha Miller Decker May 19, 2020 at 10:26 am - Reply

    THis is Nourishing FOOD for my Whole Being and I am grateful to ALL who helped this happen. What a beautiful beginning!

  32. Martha Miller Decker May 19, 2020 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Bless you! THank you for this brilliant. Inspiring. TIME TOGETHER.

  33. Michele Haptonstahl May 19, 2020 at 10:12 am - Reply

    I had emergency and missed this! Is there a way I can watch it? Thanks so much~

  34. pam vlahakis May 19, 2020 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Thank You so much Jon and Reena for your inspiration, wisdom and caring message o take refuge, rest in the embrace of our own breath, listen to the intelligence of the heart and trust our own worthiness as well as others.

  35. Pat Barnett May 19, 2020 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Thank you! For too long we in the medical field have separated the physical from mental health and spiritual (not denominational or structured) part of our beings, and our patients. To say and feel we or our patients are perfect as they are no matter how much we face or how many tubes are sticking out of our patients is to see our whole.

  36. Ma Bernadette M.Arcena May 19, 2020 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Thank you

  37. Patricia Keegan May 19, 2020 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Thank you.

  38. Clayton Micallef May 19, 2020 at 9:56 am - Reply

    thanks very much for this mindfulness is essential but I also think that without compassion mindfulness falls short

  39. Danielle Wilson May 19, 2020 at 9:52 am - Reply

    This is amazing. Thank you both so much. Occupational Therapist UK . Reena I would love to connect too if possible.

  40. WENDY May 19, 2020 at 9:38 am - Reply


  41. Maria del Mar May 19, 2020 at 9:35 am - Reply

    MARIA DEL MAR LÓPEZ, Spanish educator and teacher in a high school in Mallorcan Island where I practice Mindfulness with my students and teachets
    I have working with teenagers for 20 years. Apart from this, I am aware of the great benefits in the education atmosphere.
    My question is how can be helpful the Mindfulness in students with autism or any psicological illness.?
    Thank you so much for this awesome oportunity.
    Lots my love.

  42. Perla García May 19, 2020 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Thank you so much, we need this kind of excercises in our lives. Congratulations from Michoacán in México!

    • Elnour Dafeeah, clinical psychologist PhD, CPsychol May 19, 2020 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      Thank you Jena, Jon and Barry for this inspiring conversation. I really enjoyed every second of it. The challenge for me personally, and maybe for others, is how to be true to our intrinsic nature and most importantly is how to cultivate the now with whatsoever arises in it no matter how hard it is. Thank you again

  43. Tory Booth May 19, 2020 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Tory Booth, psychotherapist, specialty- marriage and family therapy and art therapy.

    • Mercedes Cortadi May 19, 2020 at 9:50 am - Reply

      Me encanta as no!
      Gracias por brindarnos estas pláticas que en este momento son de gran utilidad para nuestro desempeño y para tener la claridad y paz mental para una respuesta adecuada de nuestra parte ante la crisis.

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