Jon Kabat-Zinn: Defining Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? The founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction explains.

In 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn recruited chronically ill patients not responding well to traditional treatments to participate in his newly formed eight-week stress-reduction program, which we now call Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Since then, substantial research has mounted demonstrating how mindfulness-based interventions improve mental and physical health—comparably so to other psychological interventions.

“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” says Kabat-Zinn. “It’s about knowing what is on your mind.”

Guided Practices from Jon Kabat-Zinn 

An Inquiring Practice to Notice the Body
The Breathscape Practice for Cultivating Mindfulness