Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., is a meditation teacher, writer and scientist. He is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was founder (in 1979) and former director of its world-renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. He is the author of Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness; Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life; Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness; and co-author, with his wife Myla, of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting. Together with his colleagues, he has published numerous scientific papers on the clinical applications of mindfulness in medicine. His work has been featured in the Bill Moyers PBS special, Healing and the Mind, as well as on Oprah, Good Morning America, and in numerous print media.
A note from Jon Kabat-Zinn:
"The meditations in the Series 1, 2 and 3 apps are meant to be used as tools to help you in the cultivation of mindfulness, both as a formal meditation practice and in your everyday life.
Mindfulness can be thought of simply as the awareness that comes from systematically paying attention on purpose in the present moment, and non-judgmentally, to what is closest to home in your experience: namely this very moment in which you are alive, however it is for you - pleasant, difficult, or not even on the radar screen - and to the body sensations, thoughts and feelings that you may be experiencing in any moment.
In mindfulness, strange as it may sound, we are not trying to fix anything or to solve our problems. Curiously, holding them in awareness moment by moment without judging them sometimes leads over time to their dissolving on their own. You may come to see your situation in a new light that reveals new ways of relating to it creatively out of your own growing stability and clarity of mind, out of your own wisdom, and your caring for what is most important.
We are not trying to actively achieve a state of deep relaxation or any other state for that matter while practicing mindfulness. But interestingly, by opening to an awareness of how things actually are in the present moment, we often taste very deep states of relaxation and well-being, both of body and mind, even in the face of extraordinary difficulties.
I cannot tell you how many people have said to me recently, "I don't know what I would have done without this practice," referring to every conceivable difficulty and anguish we are apt to face as human beings at some point or other in our lives, usually when we least expect it and have the hardest time accepting it.
Mindfulness can reveal what is deepest and best in ourselves and bring it to life in very practical and imaginative ways just when we need it the most.
Ultimately, the effectiveness of these guided meditation programs depends on your willingness to practice with them regularly. I wish you all the best in this commitment you are making to yourself. It is nothing less than a radical act of love, an act of self-regard and of respect for your deep inner wisdom and capacity for healing.
May your mindfulness practice take root, grow, and continue to flower and nourish your life from moment to moment and from day to day."
- Jon Kabat-Zinn