Wildmind Meditation News
Jan 11, 2012
Mind reading: Jon Kabat-Zinn talks about bringing mindfulness meditation to medicine
Maia Szalavitz: Jon Kabat-Zinn, an MIT-trained molecular biologist, began meditating in 1966, when the practice was primarily the province of hippies and gurus, not scientists. Now, thanks in large part to his efforts, it has become mainstream medicine. Dozens of studies have since shown the benefits of what he termed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in treating cardiovascular disease, depression, addictions, chronic pain and many other conditions.
Kabat-Zinn has authored a new book, Mindfulness for Beginners, that aims to introduce meditation to first-timers.
Why did you first get involved with meditation?
The one word answer would be karma. Basically, I always felt in some sense …