The title of today’s post is taken from Jon Kabat Zinn’s book Wherever you Go There You Are. I have written about Jon Kabat Zinn in Mindful of Apps. The Young Kabat Zinn, with a Phd in Molecular Biology from MIT and an early interest in meditation, went on to found The Stress Reduction Clinic at The University of Massachussets Medical School. That was in 1979.
A more recent book by Kabat Zinn is Letting Everything become your Teacher. 100 lessons in mindfulness. This is, perhaps, something that we have all be doing since 23rd March and we have been bombarded by ways to do it.
Mindful of the present moment and different responses to restrictions. I have posted a lot of “stuff” and have been struck by Jon Kabat Zinn’s economy of language and his ability to “hold the space” in his daily online Mindfulness sessions. Initially planned for the month of April, he is continuing to livestream, you can catch up with previous sessions also. Register (free) to follow.
In a recent livestream, Kabat Zinn said that “….We live in moments. Let’s make the most of each of them, right here, now…” You may be enjoying yoga via Zoom, walking, virtual Sound Therapy sessions, exploring your own practice. Time, at present has taken on a new shape but if we are lucky, we continue to engage in communities. This may help to nourish us for the alone time.
The photograph is of a group of Quaking Aspen in Colarado. Named Pando, Latin for “I spread out”, it’s root system is dated at 80,000 years old. It is one of the oldest know living organisms. Most healthy trees are members of a community. This links to the next post.
Finally, I would never have thought that the word “cool” would crop up in this blog, but here is a link to cool online stuff from The Mindfulness Centre of Excellence, that may help to capture some moments in different ways for different people, at different times.