Can We Experience the Difference Between Thinking and Awareness?

Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and one of the prime movers behind the spread of mindfulness-based stress reduction. In this excerpt from Mindfulness for Beginners, Jon outlines one of the fundamental aspects of mindfulness meditation—the difference between thinking and awareness. According to Sounds True producer Matt Licata, “[By] training ourselves to notice this difference, we open ourselves to the experience of openhearted joy no longer subject to the ever-changing nature of the mind.” In this way, we can begin to experience the true fruits of mindfulness—the ability to be fully here in the rich flow of life.

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