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A friend of mine bought me Coming to Our Senses many years ago, and it sat on my shelf, patiently awaiting my attention.
I began reading it, finally, as a form of morning meditation. A half hour every morning, come rain or shine. A half hour that I began to look forward to, and then to rely on, and then - finally - to see gratefully as a shift in my perspective. I completed it this morning, and felt as if I should reach out and tell someone that I am a newer person after having read your words, that thoughtful combination of science and sentience, calm and compassion, love and objectivity.
I walk out into the day with more awareness of the universe, how long the planet has been in existence (as far as we know), and how insignificant we are as human beings. It calms the drama that circles endlessly in the media and in my own life. The illusions of life, which we toy with endlessly. And our constant striving for balance, however fragile that is, in every atom of existence.
Thank you, Jon Kabat-Zinn, for changing my life.
Dear Mr Kabat-Zinn
Your book, Wherever You Go, There You Are which in French is: "Où tu vas, tu es"... have never left my table, next to my bed, except to offer it to friends, then I have to rush to get it again!
There is a strange phenomena in your book:
An amical friend that does not judge me but help me, so I will be a better human being.
And thank you for the guided meditations that I follow (in French) and can apply in my life, like a remedy upon depression or feeling of sadness that can understand better by allowing to give love and accept with kindness. Thank you for the understanding of that part of my mind that I did not know how to process: your simple word: where you go, there you are, became such a truth that everything seem possible. This is 2 years I do not take anti depressor because those pills twist and close our mind to the awareness and the full consciousness.(Please, excuse my English....it is far from being perfect!)
I wish to meet you in a conference if you come to Montreal one day.
Thank you to Jon Kabat-Zinn.
I am a 57 year old PHD in psychology who had a bad biking accident in July that caused serious brain trauma and broken bones. I have used his books and CDs quite a bit in my recovery. I had been meditating for about 6 years prior to this but after the accident as my brain improved I relearned quite a bit of research on meditation and the brain. I've been re-exposed to this work and have found it very useful for brain damage. I may as I improve want to become certified in it but right now I wanted to say thank you.
I also wanted to mention the brain damage as this treatment might be helpful for congresswoman Giffords too. (My diagnosis was similar to hers except I was not shot and my brain damage was more right than left brain). Also I know that Jon Kabat-Zinn has done some work with Andrew Weil (at least one CD) and there are lots of food recommendations for brains these days that are also research based. That his team could likely find out. I just mention this because of my appreciation of all your work.
So thank you for all you have done, the personal guidance your work has provided to my recovery.
I have bought many, many of your products and they have improved my quality of life enormously....
I just wanted to say that I am so thankful I found your website. I found it through Oprah's spirit newsletter. This is exactly what I was envisioning but could not find. I am new to meditation and so thankful that I finally gave it a try. This is what my life needed. Thank you!!
I am writing to thank you for the wonderful work you are doing. I began doing Series 1 in January and I feel great. I have lost over 60 lbs. I did not begin practicing yoga and meditation to lose weight, it's just what happened as a result. It has helped me in so many ways. God bless you and please keep spreading the word. I am so grateful for the positive changes this has made in my life.
Dear Dr. Kabat-Zinn, in the spirit of meditation, I wrote these seven haiku - inspired by Chapter 2 of Full Catastrophe Living [which lists seven attitudinal foundations of mindfulness]. Your retreats on MBSR must be a wonder to experience! I have profited (body & mind) from your book and tapes.
Carole J. Herhold
I know you must be really busy, but I am waiting for your blog delivery for
April... (probably May?) [waiting, but not expecting...:)]
Thank you, Jon for posting monthly Notes as touchstone reminders and encouragement for our continued practice.
Elizabeth A. Berlasso, MEd, CCC
Huge Transformation Made So Easily
Name withheld by request
Dear Jon -- I just wanted to say thank you for the change you have made in my life. With the past year being difficult, with many problems and depression, I went to see a counselor who believes in you and teaches your mindfulness. I did the 8-week program with support from her over the phone and have read your books. My life and my family's life have changed dramatically because of you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
North Brunswick, New Jersey February 2009
Dear Jon -- Your meditation CDs have become essential support of my mindfulness practice -- and are often followed by a segment of Eckart Tolle's Stillness Speaks on CD.
As a homeopath, I can't thank you enough for your book, Coming to our Senses. It has provided the link between my meditation practice and my profession as far as support. It is THE book that I recommend, along with your meditation CDs, to my patients for support in the practice of mindfulness as part of their healing process.
Thank you for your contribution to my practice and my profession.
Jennifer Gordon (name used with permission)
Dublin, Ireland February 2009
Dear Jon -- words are not enough to convey my gratitude to you for your decades of work on bringing mindfulness meditation to our society, and for your recording of the guided meditations in particular. For years I wished to re-establish a regular meditation practice and never followed through. Now, with my life busier than every, professionally and with two small children, I suddenly began to succeed in meditating regularly once or twice daily. Your CDs made the difference. Especially the "choiceless awareness" practice [Series 3, Disk 3] taught me that quietness and minimal disruption during meditation, while nice, are not always necessary. In fact, noticing my small children's play every now and then, and the emotions and thoughts this may stir up, adds a new dimension to my experience of being. Thank you.
Parent and physician, Cambridge Massachusetts