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Inside this Book – It is difficult to speak of the timeless beauty and richness of the present moment when things are moving so fast. But the faster things move, the more important it is for us to dip into or even inhabit the timeless. Otherwise, we can lose touch with dimensions of our humanity that make all the difference between happiness and misery, between wisdom and folly, between well- being and the erosive turmoil in the mind, in the body, and in the world that we will be referring to as “dis-ease.” Because our discontent truly is a disease, even when it does not appear as such. Sometimes we colloquially refer to those kinds of feelings and conditions, to that “dis-ease” we feel so much of the time, as “stress.” It is usually painful. It weighs on us. And it always carries a feeling of underlying dissatisfaction. In 1979 I started a Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Thinking back to that era, almost forty years ago, I ask myself, “What stress?” so much has our world changed since then, so much has the pace of life increased and the vagaries and dangers of the world come to our doorstep as never before. If looking squarely at our personal situation and circumstances and finding novel and imaginative ways to work with them in the service of health and healing was important forty years ago, it is infinitely more important and urgent now, inhabiting as we do a world that has been thrown into heightened chaos and speed in the unfolding of events, even as it has become far more interconnected and smaller.
Inside this book –Meditation Is Not What You Think PDF Book by Jon Kabat-Zinn – I am lying on the carpeted floor of the spacious and spanking new Faculty Conference Room at the UMass Medical Center with a group of about fifteen patients in the dwindling light of a late September afternoon in 1979. This is the first class in the first cycle of the Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program, later to become known as the Stress Reduction Clinic, or MBSR (for mindfulness-based stress reduction) Clinic that has just been launched here. I am midway through guiding us in an extended lying-down meditation known as the body scan. We are all lying on our backs on brand-new cloth- encased foam mats of various bright colors, clustered together at one end of the room so as better to hear my instructions. In the middle of a long stretch of silence, the door to the room suddenly opens and a group of about thirty people in long white coats enters. In the lead is a tall and stately gentleman. He strides over to where I am lying and gazes first down upon me, stretched out on the floor in a black T-shirt and black karate pants, barefoot, then around the room, a quizzical and bemused look on his face. He looks down at me again, and, after a long pause, finally says, “What is going on here?” I remain lying down, and so does the rest of the class, corpse- like on their colorful mats, their attention suspended somewhere between their feet, where we had started out, and the top of the head, where we were headed, with all the white coats silently looming in the shadows behind this commanding presence. “This is the hospital’s new stress-reduction program,” I reply, still lying there, wondering to myself what on Earth was going on. He responded, “Well, this is a special joint meeting of the surgical faculty with the faculty of all our affiliate hospitals, and we specifically had this conference room reserved for this purpose for some time.
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- Author of this Book – Jon Kabat-Zinn
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