Jon Kabat-Zinn is a world-renowned researcher into the field of mind-body
medicine. He is the author of popular personal development books and he created
a stress reduction program that is used in hospitals and clinics across the
He is also a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of
Massachusetts Medical School where he helped develop the Stress Reduction Clinic
and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine.
Background of Jon Kabat-Zinn
Jon Kabat-Zinn was born June
5, 1944. His father was a celebrated biomedical scientist and his
mother was a painter.
Kabat-Zinn attended MIT where he earned a
Ph.D. in 1971 in the field of molecular biology. He was also a
student of Buddhism and studied with Seung Sahn, a Zen master who
helped establish the Cambridge Zen Center
Jon Kabat-Zinn integrated
the teachings of his Buddhist teachers with his understandings of
Western medicine and developed a mind-body program that helps people
overcome anxiety, illness, pain, and stress.
Jon Kabat-Zinn began teaching his mind-body
program which he called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
He developed an eight week class that utilized yoga and meditation
to teach students moment-to-moment awareness in an effort to deal
with anxiety and disease. Medical studies were conducted on
participants to determine how mindfulness affected their brains and
boosted their immune systems.
As a result of the positive benefits
observed when using Kabat-Zinn's personal development ideas, the
meditation program grew into a model that is used in over 200
medical facilities around the world today.
Jon Kabat-Zinn was
a founder and former director of the Center for Mindfulness in
as well as the Stress Reduction Clinic.
He was a founding
fellow of the Fetzer Institute
as well as a fellow of the Society of
. Jon Kabat-Zinn also helped establish the
Consortium of Academic Health for Integrative Medicine
. He has also
written some of the most popular personal development books on the
subject of mindfulness.
Books by Jon Kabat-Zinn
• "Full Catastrophe Living:
Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain,
" was published in 1990. This popular work by Jon Kabat-Zinn is available in book form, as an ebook on Kindle,
and an audio CD. This book is based on the personal
development ideas as taught in the stress reduction program
developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Readers learn how to cope with
stress using medically proven methods that bring about relief
to the mind, body, and spirit. This book is ideal for all
ages, and for all health conditions that are aggravated by
stress such as panic disorders and cardiovascular disease.
• "The Power of Meditation and Prayer
" was published in
1997 and is available as a paperback. This is a collaborative
work with other New Thought leaders such as Larry Dossey,
Marsha Sinetar, Neale Donald Walsch, and Jack Kornfield. This
work contains essays on the subject of meditation and prayer.
More and more books are also becoming available as ebooks and
• "Wherever You Go, There You Are,
" is a book, Kindle ebook, and audio book. This work by Jon Kabat-Zinn was
published in 2005. "Wherever You Go, There You Are
" is a
follow-up to "Full Catastrophe Living.
" "Full Catastrophe
Living" focused primarily on using meditation to heal the
physical or mental body and "Wherever You Go, There You Are
explains meditation and its spiritual benefits in greater
detail. Jon Kabat-Zinn uses this book to stress the importance
of mindfulness and living in the now as a path to happiness
and personal growth.
• "Coming to Our Senses: Healing
Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness
" was published in
2006 and is available as a paperback book. Jon Kabat-Zinn used
this book to teach readers the importance of treating the
earth with respect, and becoming aware of our impact upon the
earth and other living creatures.
• "Arriving at Your
Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness
" is a paperback that was
published in 2007. This book offers daily readings that guide
readers towards a state of mindfulness in order to create
healing in themselves and the planet as a whole.
"Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: 100 Lessons in
" was published in 2009 and can be purchased as a
paperback book. This work by Jon Kabat-Zinn contains thought
provoking lessons on the subject of mindfulness that can be
read during daily meditations.
Jon Kabat-Zinn Today
Jon Kabat-Zinn continues to teach
others about his personal development ideas and the value of
mindfulness as he learned from his Buddhist teachers. Works based on
his teachings have helped countless people all across the world.
Jon Kabat-Zinn has taught many classes in person to average people, CEOs
of large corporations, and healthcare professionals. He leads
retreats in mindfulness meditation and continues to author self
improvement books and scientific papers.
He has received
much recognition and acclaim for his research into the field of
mind-body medicine and is considered a pioneer in this often
neglected aspect of human development.
Jon Kabat-Zinn has used his
understanding of Western science and Eastern spiritual practices as
a base for his beliefs and methods. He serves on the board of the
Mind and Life Institute
which is dedicated to exploring the
relationship between Buddhism and science
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