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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 starting October 28, 2019.

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
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, 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 forty 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, PHD
Meet Your Teacher, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PHD
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 forty 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.
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.
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2. Two LIVE Q&A Sessions with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Jon will respond to your questions and try to address your most pressing concerns about your meditation practice.
Jon Kabat-Zinn
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.
Jon Kabat-Zinn in Sitting meditation pose
4. Course Materials
Written questions for reflection as well as a guide to mindful yoga poses will supplement Jon’s audiovisual teachings.
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5. A Personal Journal
A private space for notes and journaling will allow you to reflect on your experience.
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6. 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
Devices featuring bonus offerings
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.
Digital devices depicting the Opening to Our Lives Online Course
2. Two LIVE Q&A Sessions with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Jon will respond to your questions and try to address your most pressing concerns about your meditation practice.
Jon Kabat-Zinn
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.
Jon Kabat-Zinn sitting in meditation pose
4. Course Materials
Written questions for reflection as well as a guide to mindful yoga poses will supplement Jon’s audiovisual teachings.
Writing and iPhone device with yoga pose
5. A Personal Journal
A private space for notes and journaling will allow you to reflect on your experience.
Woman in park on tablet accessing online personal journal
6. 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
Devices featuring bonus offerings
Praise for Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Work
“Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the best teachers of mindfulness you will ever meet.” 
JACK KORNFIELD, PHD
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, MD
Dean Ornish, MD
Author of Love and Survival
Praise for Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Work
“Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the best teachers of mindfulness you will ever meet.” 
JACK KORNFIELD, PHD
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, MD
Dean Ornish, MD
Author of Love and Survival
Course Schedule
SESSION ONE: Mindfulness for a Modern Audience
Monday, October 28, 2019
What is mindfulness?
• An experience of being alive
• A guided sitting meditation
SESSION TWO: Mindful Breathing
Monday, November 4, 2019
Focusing on the breath—and the present moment
• Recognizing and befriending the wandering mind
• The gold mine you take for granted
SESSION THREE: Establishing a Meditation Practice
Monday, November 11, 2019
• Preparing the soil
• Cultivating non-doing
SESSION FOUR: LIVE Q&A #1 
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
• Jon addresses the challenges of practice and answers your questions
SESSION FIVE: Mindfulness and Your Body
Monday, November 25, 2019
 Embodied awareness right here, right now
• Everyday meditation
SESSION SIX: Mindfulness and Movement
Monday, December 2, 2019
 Movement meditation practices such as yoga
• Responding to and alleviating stress
SESSION SEVEN: Relationship to Self and the World
Monday, December 9, 2019
• Mind-body connection
• Wholeness and oneness
• Radiating joy and goodwill into the world
SESSION EIGHT: LIVE Q&A #2 
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
• Jon addresses the challenges of practice and answers your questions
You'll Also Receive These Special Bonus Teachings …
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Bonus One
 “Lovingkindness Meditation” audio
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Bonus Two
“What to Do in Difficult Times” video
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Bonus Three
Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief digital audio program
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You'll Also Receive These Special Bonus Teachings...
Bonus One
 “Lovingkindness Meditation” audio
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Bonus Two
“What to Do in Difficult Times” video
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Bonus Three
Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief digital audio program
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Frequently Asked Questions
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