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Science of Mindfulness at Google

Jon Kabat Zinn | 1:12:07

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Hi, good morning, my friends. For those who don't know me, my name is Ming. And for those who know me, my name is still being surprised. I'm Google's jolly good fellow. And one of the people I blame for for my jolliness is Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn. When I was young, I read his first book, this book. And this book deepened my interest and my understanding of meditation, and is from this meditation that I found inner peace and happiness. And I've been jolly ever since. So so it's John's fault. I blame you. 


And John has been a hero to me ever since. Now, John has accomplished many great things in his life. He has a very long bio, and I'm not sure I want to go to his whole bio. So I just mentioned one thing. If history remembers John for only one thing that will be for being the first person to successfully bring medic meditation into mainstream medicine. And I believe his impact on humanity can only grow over time. And we all need to have John did a meditation class today. My friends, I give you John Kabat Zinn.


So what a nice turnout for this time of day when there were all sorts of other gala events happening, I guess, on campus. So you know, I guess the meditators or those interested in meditation know that sometimes more hoopla is not necessarily where it's at. Nice to see somebody with the USA with the US rowing shirt. 


One of the adventures that I was in some time ago had to do with training the US Olympic rowing team and mindfulness and back in 1984, at Lake Casitas. And it was really quite an interesting experience, in part because rowers compete, sitting down. So learning how to sits not, you know, some sense relevant to them, they also compete going backwards, which is very interesting. And if you're not in a single, then you're competing with other minds and other bodies in the same boat. 


And to get that into some kind of harmony and synchrony is non trivial, and doesn't just have to do with the body when the mind and the body become one in the boat in the water and the wind and, and all the minds become one and something very interesting happens. So I'm really touched that, that you've come out in the middle of a workday to partake of a, an what you want to call this class or workshop on what could most easily described be described as much ado about almost nothing. It's not quite nothing. 


But it's it's not so much about doing is about being or, you know, as the Dallas would call it as non doing. And there is a way in which that seems awfully anti Americans, since we're such go getters, and it's all about doing and getting it done and crossing off everything on your to do list. But if we get out of touch with who's doing the doing, actually, that can be quite tragic. And not just from the point of view of like being so stressed out, because you're always running on a treadmill and isn't, have you noticed, there's no end to work at Google.


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