“We only have moments to live” writes Jon Kabat-Zinn, the pioneering teacher, author and researcher who perhaps more than anyone else has brought mindfulness into the mainstream of healthcare and society. This layered phrase, offered in the modern idiom, points to a truth common to the Wisdom Traditions that it is only in the present moment that we truly get to live, experience, grow and heal.
Yet most of us are deeply conditioned to be anywhere but here most of the time, occupying what neuroscientists refer to as the default mode of the brain, in which the mind is perennially somewhere other than where our bodies are.
Whether accessed through its more traditional roots or in its more contemporary expression, mindfulness invites us to intentionally engage with what is arising here and now, and infusing this attentiveness with a quality of curiosity and kindness.
Dr Simon Whitesman MBChB, Chairman of the Institute for Mindfulness South Africa, will address us on this fascinating topic.
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