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"Why Mindfulness Matters—and Why
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How Living in the Present Moment Can Change Your Life

How present are you right now? Are you really here? Or is your mind off somewhere else, caught up in thinking and emotions, the past and the future, without being fully aware of that fact? It is all too easy to live focused on the next item on our never-ending to-do list, hoping to get it checked off and feel good for however long that feeling will last. But when, if ever, do we allow ourselves to simply drop into the present moment as it is—to practice residing in awareness, in the domain of being, or if you will, in the domain of “non-doing”? This rotation in consciousness can catalyze an entirely different way of being and acting in the world.

The miracle of mindfulness is that it reconnects us to the inherent richness of life inwardly and outwardly—a richness of embodied wakefulness and possibilities that can only be found and inhabited in this timeless moment we call “now.”

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An 8-Week Online Course

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You are invited to open to things as they actually are and become more intimate and understanding of change and impermanence through mindfulness meditation. Join Jon Kabat-Zinn as your personal instructor in Opening to Our Lives.

Explore mindfulness meditation firsthand with Jon Kabat-Zinn—one of the most respected and experienced teachers in the modern mindfulness movement. For more than 40 years, Jon has been teaching people how to apply the principles and practices of mindfulness in their everyday lives.

Across the span of the course’s eight weeks, Jon will guide you in establishing new ways of being in wise and nurturing relationship to your own life—in the stressful and difficult times, as well as in the pleasant and gratifying moments.

The cultivation of moment-to-moment, nonjudgmental awareness (or mindfulness) can help you befriend every aspect of your life, including those that are most difficult, most painful, and most unwanted. Opening to Our Lives provides an essential set of training skills from a master teacher that will form a friendly and reliable foundation for a lifetime of practice. The invitation is to live the life that is yours to live, in alignment with your deepest principles and values.

Cultivating Mindfulness Can Lead to …

Relief from Overwhelm & Anxiety

Experience a greater sense of spaciousness and ease by learning how to skillfully navigate day-to-day stress

Heightened Resilience

Establish a sense of embodied presence, allowing you to weather challenges and setbacks wisely

Increased Awareness

Illuminate the nature of your thoughts, emotions, and what we commonly call “self,” and how they relate to the larger world and your unique trajectory through life

Habits for Flourishing

Explore mindful hatha yoga and movement practices that promote health and well-being at every level

Greater Self-Discipline

Develop or deepen an ongoing meditation practice tailored to your needs and longings

Everyday Empowerment

Open to and befriend the present moment, even in the face of “the full catastrophe” of the human condition

Taking Better Care of the World

Realize how your own awareness and embodied choices can contribute to healing the world and making it a more just, equitable, and ethical place

Meet Your Teacher, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn
JON KABAT-ZINN, PHD, is a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded the world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Clinic in 1979. MBSR programs have now spread around the world to hospitals, clinics, schools, and other institutions. Jon also founded the university’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society in 1995. He is the author of 14 books translated into over 40 languages, including Full Catastrophe Living; Wherever You Go, There You Are; Mindfulness for Beginners; and the new four-volume series of the revised Coming to Our Senses.
Jon Kabat-Zinn

When You Enroll in Opening to Our Lives, You’ll Receive:

1. Audio and Video Teachings

Over the course of eight weeks, Jon will guide and encourage you in establishing a robust, disciplined, and daily formal mindfulness meditation practice that will hopefully continue to grow and flower over your entire life going forward.

Disclaimer: Audio content for this course was previously released as Adventures in Mindfulness: A Program to Cultivate the Wisdom of Your Body, Mind, and Heart. All video content is newly produced for this course.

2. FOUR Q&A Sessions with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Enjoy FOUR Q&A sessions (two LIVE and two recorded during a live broadcast) where Jon addresses questions about meditation and your practice.

3. Guided Practices

Throughout the course, Jon will lead you in immediately accessible practices such as guided sitting meditations, body scans, and basic mindful movements.

4. Course Materials

Written questions for reflection as well as a guide to mindful yoga poses will supplement Jon’s audiovisual teachings.

5. Bonus Teachings

  • "Lovingkindness Meditation"—An audio session in which Jon leads you through a potent meditation for cultivating kindness and appreciation for the well-being of others as well as yourself
  • "What to Do in Difficult Times"—A brand-new video clarifying how these methods can help you rise to the major challenges we are facing in society and across the globe
  • Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief—A two-hour audio program that details how mindfulness can be harnessed to manage chronic pain

Praise for Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Work

“Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the best teachers of mindfulness you will ever meet.”
Jack Kornfield
Jack Kornfield, PhD
Author of A Path with Heart
“[Jon’s] work is unquestionable, as it leaves us inspired and optimistic that true healing really is possible.”
Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg
Author of Real Love
“… Jon Kabat-Zinn provides access to the essence of meditation and its applications for both the beginner and those who wish to deepen and expand their practice.”
Dean Ornish
Dean Ornish, MD
Author of Love and Survival

Course Schedule

  • LIVE Q&A (Wednesday, May 27, 8PM-9:30PM ET / 5PM-6:30PM PT)
  • Cultivating intimacy with your experience
  • What is mindfulness?
  • An experience of being alive
  • A guided sitting meditation
  • A deep dive into the breath and the poetry of practice
  • Enriching the soil: intentionality and discipline as the ground of practice
  • Going deeper into non-doing–just listening/just hearing
  • Being in your body and recognizing how amazing it is–the body scan meditation
  • Mindfulness in everyday life–the real meditation practice
  • The power of mindful movement meditations
  • A guided mindful hatha yoga practice
  • The heart of the matter
  • The mind-body connection and your health across the lifespan
  • Appreciating wholeness, oneness, and interconnectedness
  • Where to go from here–keeping up the momentum
  • Jon addresses the challenges of practice and answers your questions (Wednesday, July 22, 8PM-9:30PM ET / 5PM-6:30PM PT)

You'll Also Receive These Special Bonus Teachings …

Bonus One

“Lovingkindness Meditation” audio

Bonus Two

“What to Do in Difficult Times” video

Bonus Three

Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief digital audio program

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Is Financial Support Available?

This online course normally costs $97. The revenue goes to support Sounds True and its family of employees so that it can remain in business. However, we do not want to create a barrier to anyone who wishes to participate in the course.  During the coronavirus pandemic, it is offered free of charge through our Sounds True Foundation scholarship program to anyone who is not in a position to pay. To apply for a scholarship, click here.

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