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Becoming Conscious


Dr. Jon Kabat-zinn




Neuroscientists Richard Davidson and Amishi Jha join clinical mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn to explore the role of consciousness in mental and physical health, how we can train the mind to become more flexible and adaptable, and what cutting-edge neuroscience is revealing about the transformation of consciousness through mindfulness and contemplative practice.


Thank you so much for coming. It is wonderful to be here for, uh, the final event in our series, and we have a fascinating evening ahead of us. You know, 40 years ago, hardly anyone talked about mindfulness, even though there were certainly plenty of people who meditated back then. And, uh, if you had a, uh, a taste for, uh, eastern exoticism, uh, maybe you dabbled in yoga as well, but there wasn't a sci, a science of mindfulness back then.

Uh, the idea of mindfulness, the idea that it could be studied by modern Western science, in fact, that your mental activity could actually change the physical structure of your. Was a revolutionary idea. Paradigm shift is an overused phrase, but that would seem to be the case in this instance, and especially with the discovery of neuroplasticity and with, uh, the insights made possible by nude brain brain imaging techniques.

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