Pioneers of the Mindfulness / part 1

Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli showed the benefits of the Mindfulness in inspired essential mindfulness practice to Western medicine. This meditation practice has already reached hundreds of thousands of people and has inspired a movement that is changing our society in many ways. By Koncha Pinós for space MIMIND.

Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli

Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli they discovered that mindfulness was much more to meditate, that it helped us understand our conventional view about what we believe "be ourselves" and that that understanding and build of itself was very important. Mindfulness could help patients recognize how and why they confuse the reality of things with stories that create and it draws a more balanced way to obtain mental well-being and happiness.

Based on this common understanding centered the central mission of his work. His approach was that while the Buddha had articulated the Dharma (wisdom), that did not imply that the concept was only Buddhist, in the same way that gravity is not only English as Newton the discoverer. It's universal principles. Kabat-Zinnl asked the his Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2005 - Conference of Mind & Life - if there was any fundamental difference between the Universal Dharma and Buddhadharma - teachings of the Buddha. And the answer was 'no'.

Under this premise, the central work of Jon Kabat Zinn, Saki Santorelli, and his colleagues focused on bringing the Universal Dharma to the mind as a full stream of a river that reaches for the benefit of the maximum of beings that suffer. Media are working so consciously, medicine, psychology or education begin to approach a more fertile ground where "compassion" is the fundamental aspect.

Jon and Saki thought that hospitals are dukkha - suffering-, a real magnet of suffering, where if it will be taught the origin of suffering the management of suffering and the end of suffering could be able to change many things.

The scientific focus of Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli on mindfulness is a simple strategy to generate more understanding of people towards the idea that suffering can be overcome. Science is a simple way of understanding the world, allowing many people to access to knowledge that can be used as a means to open the mind and find new ways to organize our brains in formation, intimate with the pain and overcome suffering. It is basically a process of clarity of mind.

Human skills

300 or 400 years ago the people who meditated did in convents, monasteries and caves. In conditions of extreme isolation, mostly in silence. Meditation is now in laboratories, hospitals, prisons, in enterprises and even in classrooms. Westerners have been few years meditating in the oriental manner, but during those few years have obtained significant achievements. It has increased the level of awareness of the importance of the Mindfulness, and many professionals thanks to Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli have meditated for the first time... That in itself is welcome, because the mindfulness is not a "logical concept" to study, but a way of being that it requires practice and cultivation of skills that are intrinsic to all beings.

One of the ways that Jon and Saki had of bringing healing and the transformative potential of the dharma to modern everyday life has been doing this "dictionary for Westerners of meditation" from one secular perspective. The universality of attention, awareness, understanding of human nature is not even "spiritual"; It is, as I would later say Howard Gardner, part of human existence.

Human being is to use all working media of our time, everything that is within our reach and be sensitive. His most important contribution is to focus on the "here and now". Why would you like to be in another place if you are in this? Why would you get another House, another car, another job, another country if you are in this? If we are uploaded on the mountain of pain or have a chronic disease, it is best to focus on the present. Comply with what you have is not bad; It is to live the present moment.

Mindfulness remembers that the future does not exist, the past either. It must deal with what there from the present, things are as they are at this time. Therefore, the best way to treat the pain is not flee from their experience, or create illusions about it. Without deception, without damage. Heal is to transform us, and at the moment in which we accept that we are sick, we are good or bad, ugly or handsome, high or low we will succeed in having a deeper vision of oneself and others. That is the discovery of Jon and Saki to the psychology of well-being: it is not a problem to suffer; suffering is inevitable but the pain is optional.

Beautiful view on the nature of pain

Of course, when Jon and Saki began not everything was easy; they had that show with people who had chronic headaches that this practice could help them understand something of themselves, and understanding should be based on the mindfulness - not partial.

His contribution in Midnfulness has been to bring full attention to the general culture, and is a great responsibility for which we are enormously grateful. A deep and unique work, a beautiful look at the nature of the experience of pain and the nature of minds and hearts. A team of scientific research that put the mind at work.

All this initial work of the first generation of Mindfulness can appreciate consciousness as a balance point in thinking. There is nothing wrong in thinking, but if our thinking is not harmonic, we can delude ourselves and we will be forever lost in the labyrinth of pain.

For further more: Mindfulness for beginners. Ed. Kairos. 2013

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