An evening with Jon Kabat-Zinn is an evening well spent. Omega Institute hosted the speaker at a special event recently to a sold-out audience at The Lincoln Center in NYC, titled “Intimacy with Awareness.”
I was first introduced to Kabat-Zinn in 1995 through his popular book, Wherever You Go, There You Are. His approach to mindfulness and meditation are practical, manageable and promote insightful thinking. The profundity is in the simplicity of the message. In this same fashion, Kabat-Zinn led the audience in NYC through an evening of simple approaches to today’s events and understandings using awareness, deep listening and meditation.
The evening started with a guided meditation that flowed seamlessly into Kabat-Zinn’s delivery without separation. In fact, at one point, in his dry humor, he asked “Are we still meditating?” The diverse and attentive crowd released waves of laughter and relief. If you’ve read any of Kabat-Zinn’s many books, you know that his message is clear and persuasive, in a way as if he were your doctor, your father and friend. It is with this same energy he continued the evening discussion; with clear passion on the topic of mindfulness and awareness. He made a special point to note the particular needs of awareness as it relates to our current political system and social culture.
Overall the night was a meaningful success. There are many choices one can make on how to spend their time and I recommend, if given the opportunity, to choose a night with Jon Kabat-Zinn at Omega Institute in New York or at one of his special lectures.
The author, professor and mindfulness expert is also the founder of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.