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Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

Practical and Profound: Mindfulness in Healthcare

What You'll Learn

  • Look at some of the challenges facing modern medicine on the individual and systemic levels, and hear simple, practical ways to nurture patient and provider well-being

  • Recognize the common roots between medicine and mindfulness, and explore mindfulness practice as a radical medical act

  • Learn the effects that mindfulness and compassion have on public health as a whole, and know the possibilities of mindful medicine

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 Barry Boyce

Barry Boyce is Editor-in-Chief of Mindful magazine and He has been practicing mindfulness since 1972 and teaching it since 1980, leading seminars, retreats, and leadership programs. He is the editor of the anthology The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditation Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life. Barry is also co-author of The Rules of Victory, a commentary on the strategic principles that underlie Sun Tzu’s Art of War.

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  1. SUSAN JOYCE SABO May 27, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Missed this talk since too much time had elapsed. I decided to buy the whole conference based up a few later sessions–e.g. the one on burnout by Dr. Nelson Le. Upon listening to JKZ, I am so glad I did. Dr. JKZ brilliant, wise and so compassionate!

  2. paula May 25, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    It was such a fantastic session with Jon Kabat-Zin. I really appreciate when I see a congruence between a person and his speech. I loved to listen to him and feel his wisdom and passion.
    On the other hand, It made a lot of sense to me his advice at the end of the conference. Be sure that when you wake up every morning you really are awake… most of the time we are moving automatically.
    Mindfulness and Heartfulness

  3. Diane Morse May 25, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Thank you! Such a powerful message!

  4. Diane Bossung May 25, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Thank you, Jon Kabat-Zinn for the many ways you have influenced my life and continue to offer insights that can influence the lives of others. I read your book, Full Catastrophe Living many years ago and purchased the cassette practice tapes which I practiced at that time! Eventually I participated in an 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course for people with chronic conditions. I consistently use your 45-minute body scan (now on my Ipod) and make an effort to bring mindfulness into my daily life as you remind us to do in your talk today. I appreciate how you speak from a foundation of your own practice, and how in this talk you mentioned that this regular commitment to non-doing is a “rigorous practice”. It sounds easy, but there are so many, many things in life that can get in our way and keep us from non-doing. Thank you for continuing to sit on your cushion each morning so that I can benefit from the insights and energy you gain which you graciously share with the rest of us!!! It was a pleasure to hear you, see you and learn from you again in this talk.
    Thank you to The Awake Network for offering these Summits! I also appreciated the Wise Woman Summit.

  5. Tom Nordstrom May 24, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    This was a terrific Summit and seminar. Jon Kabat -Zinn is certainly is one of the best and brightest in this field. I was going to say “one of the first“ but he would correct you and say mindfullness dates back 4000 years the Buddha and before. I have had the privilege of attending one of his one week retreats at Omega Institute New York and then I also liked it so much I signed up and saw him speak last December at Lincoln Center in New York City.
    This brief one hour talk was a very well done distillation of a very very big problem .His description definition of mindfulness and his encouraging us to befriend ourselves, be kind to ourselves and be present every moment of the day is invaluable.
    Dr Tom Nordstrom
    orthopedic surgeon and mindfulless practitioner

  6. Vanessa Bustamante May 24, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Simply spectacular and inspiring.
    I am infected by his passion for Mindfulness and his desire for a more conscious, more present world.
    A true master!

  7. Heather Featherstone May 24, 2019 at 9:49 am

    I’m so grateful for this sharing of wisdom and love. I’ve just finished an 8 week training of mindfulness here in Lanark County Ontario. It’s was an invaluable gift to myself and I already feel an internal shift back to who I Am. Mindfulness will continue to be part of my practice of life and love in action.

  8. FBN May 24, 2019 at 9:16 am

    My daughter became a physical therapist with enormous passion to heal patients. After 6 years in the field with having to deal with insurance, productivity requirements, and outright fraud by her employers she has become very jaded and totally burned out and is ready to leave the field. The modern medical services delivery system is broken and it is highly unlikely that it can be repaired.

  9. Andrea Timar May 24, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Jon Kabat Zinn has been teaching MBSR for 40 years. So sad that the health care system has been uber slow in adopting the practices! Why is the question I continue to hold.
    Having been a patient in one of Canada’s leading cancer centres from 2012-13, on a scale of 1-10, re: participatory healthcare I rate it 0 out of 10, for listening skills, again 0 out of 10. The timing of this conference is interesting as just yesterday I was about to place a call to this cancer centre in order to have a long overdue conversation about what I had observed, my experiences. I have been holding off, saying ‘what’s the point, it won’t make a difference’.

  10. Claire May 24, 2019 at 7:29 am

    I love the simple idea of befriending yourself every day before your feet hit the floor. Simple, sound advice!

  11. Helen May 24, 2019 at 7:07 am

    I could listen to Jon Kabat Zinn all day, he makes so much sense. I agree that working in healthcare is an act of love. What better reason to get out of bed each day?! Thanks ?

  12. Gil May 24, 2019 at 5:40 am

    Thank you for the lecture/talk.
    One thing though, you keep talking about hospitals and completely ignore the community health which is bigger and keeps growing every year, the whole medical treatment is more and more home/clinic oriented and hospitals are more for tertiary treatments.
    Time to evolve.

  13. Gerda Foster May 24, 2019 at 5:37 am

    you say;medical profession is not here to make money?

  14. Rose May 24, 2019 at 3:54 am

    Tell us who painted the wall. Tell us how significant a well done environment is in conveying the believability of your message.

  15. Jude Warren May 24, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Thank you Jon, I am from the UK living now in Australia, I have been nursing for many years…over many years yoga and meditation has been a vital part of my wellbeing…it is so encouraging to hear your wise words of how the medical world can open up their hearts to each other…as you say to help heal the health system…. one moment, one day at a time…sent with love

  16. Jolanta Burzynska May 24, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Brilliant, inspiring! Thank you

  17. Samba Nyirenda,MD May 24, 2019 at 3:05 am

    ” Awarenessing””…….

  18. Ingrid May 24, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Thank you for inspiring Words. As a therapist working in a psychiatric department in Sweden, I also see the need for a better health care system in Sweden. We’ve gotten lost and are also experiencing increasing levels of stress-related illness amongst health care professionals. We also need to make more mindful decisions that can help create conditions in the work place that enables better care for our selves and our patients.

  19. anne costaras May 24, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Love this! As a coach, I believe this could be passed on to assist our overworked and overstressed out school teachers. Becoming more mindful from waking up, to the staff room and to the classroom. What a difference this could make. Thank you for the valuable teaching.

  20. Gretl Dupre Galgon May 24, 2019 at 12:20 am

    How Funtastic to really hear what power we all have to listen, to care and to be well.

    I yodel with patients, wait until tomorrow!

    Thanks for this hemoglobin happy helper Jon and Barry!

  21. Judy May 23, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Beautiful and powerful! Thank you for reminding me, of the power I have as an individual, and collectively to offer wellness to myself and our planet. Inspiring and hopeful!

  22. Farzin Shokooh May 23, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    I just started to listen for 10 minutes & it is fantastic conversation with depth. Thank you.

  23. K. Wilson May 23, 2019 at 8:43 pm


  24. Clara May 23, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Espectacular.. Humano, profundo. Qué maestro!!!!

  25. Kent Norton Ph.D May 23, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Modern allopathic medicine is not only a dinosaur but it’s a dinosaur machine and it’s very difficult to maneuver it wants a lot of food and it’s in efficient. Thankfully Dr. Zan and Dr. Benson has taken the means to dismantle this dinosaur. I don’t think it’s ever been easy I don’t think it will be easy I think they put a lot of blood sweat tears frustration and maybe even screaming maybe something that was unmindful went on I don’t know but I know they put a massive amount of work and all we have to do is take it in and I am so grateful to those people because they have change my world and help me change others I cannot be grateful or thankful enough for what they have done all I can do In my small way is to carry on their work the best I can we are changing the world one person at a time like caring for the patient by caring about the patient and by caring about each other

  26. Janet May 23, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you!! Appreciate the opportunity to hear this talk. I hope we can all effect the necessary change to be more mindful in everything we do one step at a time.

  27. Sil May 23, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you JKZ, it’s always a pleasure to listen to your lectures, great point of view. Our healthcare system needs to change ASAP.

  28. Elena May 23, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful and balanced perspective. I appreciate the idea that improving oneself creates a ripple effect on the systems we’re embedded in, especially in contrast to the notion of simply waiting for someone more knowledgeable, wealthy, powerful, etc to fix the problem.

  29. Carmen Silva-Baker May 23, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Very grateful for the wonderful opportunity of learning to befriend myself, many good things are going to start happening by just practicing this principle. Thank you Jon Kabat-Zinn, your presentation was wonderful.

  30. Kolya Lynne Smith May 23, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Absolutely loved this talk! I’m a medical sociologist, so I was constantly nodding and finger wagging in complete agreement with the points he made about healthcare. I loved his analogies and definitions of mindfulness. It was an extremely helpful session. I will be looking up Jon’s work. I also live in Boston. I’ve published one book on health etiquette and in the works to publish a children’s version of my first book and I’m currently writing a book on mindfulness.

  31. Tracy May 23, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you Barry for taking the time to do this and Thank You John for sharing this gift. I am truly grateful for all the work you have done. I am a caregiver for my husband who is a severely wounded veteran and since I’ve applied heartfulness / mindfullness into my life. I have seen so many positive changes within my family. It all had to start with me.

  32. Shelley May 23, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Excellent presentation. Grateful to be part of this vital movement.

    • Kai May 24, 2019 at 1:07 am

      Very inspiring talk. I love the beauty and depth of the advice you gave to wake up in the morning…
      Thank you!

  33. Nancy Nolin May 23, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Very Good interveiw – I truly respect Jon Kabat-Zinn as an expert in this field. Additionally, l love and recommend and the Magazine as well to my clients.

  34. Holly May 23, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Inspiring. Foundational for health care. Foundational for life.

  35. rachel May 23, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    So great! Really enjoyed this webinar with Dr. Kabat-Zinn.

  36. Kathy Leach May 23, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Been hearing from Jon Kabat Zinn since his days at Mass Gen.
    His sincerity and love that was first for patients who fell thru the cracks, is now, really for everybody. And, we need to care for the caregivers

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  38. Ricardo Leyva May 23, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    So inspiring. Thanks from Colombia.

    • Liz Manai May 23, 2019 at 8:14 pm

      Inspired…thanks so much.

  39. Kathy Stroffolino May 23, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Jon Kabat-Zinn makes sense again….be mindful

  40. Kathy Stroffolino May 23, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Once again Jon Kabat-Zinn makes sense…be mindful

  41. James P Clancy May 23, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    As a practicing physician, I agree that we need to incorporate self care for many different reasons. My concern is that we practice in a system that is very dysfunctional. The rate of suicide in physicians is higher than any other profession. Mindfulness can only do so much! What can be done to change the landscape of medicine in your opinion??

    • Kathy May 24, 2019 at 4:57 am

      I hope you listened to Bobby Mukkamala, MD talk

      • James P Clancy May 25, 2019 at 10:25 am

        I have not yet!
        I will.

  42. beth May 23, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    love his point of view!
    participatory healthcare- what a concept we need to follow in this country

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