According to a report released by the American Psychiatric Association in May 2018, levels of anxiety among American adults have exploded in the last two years. Between 2017 and 2018 alone, the APA noted a five percent increase in anxious behaviors.
But what’s driving this flare-up of anxious people, and how can we deal with it?
“At this particular juncture in time, there’s a real sense of uncertainty about where humanity is going,” says Jon Kabat-Zinn, cofounder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
After 40 years of treating stress disorders with mindfulness-based techniques, he is a premier authority on this increasingly pressing subject.
In the following FREE video, “Why Mindfulness Matters—and Why It Might Matter to You!” Jon explains his techniques and how they can help you deal more skillfully with a rapidly changing world:
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.”
ABOUT 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 MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) Clinic in 1979. He also founded the medical school’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. He is the author of 14 books in print in over 40 languages, including the bestsellers Full Catastrophe Living; Wherever You Go, There You Are; Coming to Our Senses; and Mindfulness for Beginners. His work has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions such as medicine, psychology, health care, neuroscience, K-12 schools, higher education, business, social justice, criminal justice, prisons, the law, technology, government, and professional sports.
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