Mindfulness is the art of paying attention, non-judgmentally, to whatever arises in the present moment. When we are mindful, we experience directly whatever presents itself in our experience, no longer resisting the flow of life. We can bring mindfulness to anything we experience - breathing, eating, thinking, feeling, walking; even physical pain. Mindfulness is a skill that anyone can learn, offering scientifically-proven benefits such as deep relaxation, less stress, better sleep, more fulfilling relationships, and a greater sense of aliveness.

To learn mindfulness, it is not necessary to take on any new beliefs, adopt a new world view, or accept a new philosophy or religion; mindfulness can be integrated into your daily life exactly as it is. You need not have any background in yoga, meditation, or any other spiritual or contemplative practice; in mindfulness, everyone starts right where they are.

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Tara Brach

Tara Brach

Tara Brach has been practicing and teaching meditation since 1975, as well as leading Buddhist meditation retreats at centers throughout North America. She is a clinical psychologist, the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), and the author of Radical Acceptance and the forthcoming book, True Refuge. Visit Tara Brach's website.

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Why are we in the midst of a “Mindfulness Revolution?” It’s because neuroscientists have found conclusive evidence that traditional mindfulness meditation practices can have a powerful, positive effect on the biology of the human brain. As Dr. Tara Brach teaches, “Mindfulness helps us increase our calmness and clarity, access our creativity, and become more open-hearted.” …read more »

Why are we in the midst of a “Mindfulness Revolution?” It’s because neuroscientists have found conclusive evidence that traditional mindfulness meditation practices can have a powerful, positive effect on the biology of the human brain. As Dr. Tara Brach teaches, “Mindfulness helps us increase our calmness and clarity, access our creativity, and become more open-hearted.” Sounds True producer Randy Roark, who recorded the audio program Mindfulness Meditation with Tara, chose this selection as a simple and transformative practice that anyone can do at any time to return to a natural, centered state of mind.

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Tara Brach: A Pause for Presence

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Why are we in the midst of a “Mindfulness Revolution?” It’s because neuroscientists have found conclusive evidence that traditional mindfulness meditation practices can have a powerful, positive effect on the biology of the human brain. As Dr. Tara Brach teaches, “Mindfulness helps us increase our calmness and clarity, access our creativity, and become more open-hearted.” Sounds True producer Randy Roark, who recorded the audio program Mindfulness Meditation with Tara, chose this selection as a simple and transformative practice that anyone can do at any time to return to a natural, centered state of mind.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is the founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and associate professor of medicine in the Division of Preventative and Behavioral Medicine. His clinic was featured in 1993 in the public television series Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers. Jon Kabat-Zinn is the author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Full-Catastrophe Living: Using Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness.

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Perhaps no one person has done more to prove the clinical value of mindfulness practice than Jon Kabat-Zinn. His groundbreaking research on the use of mindfulness to address chronic pain and accelerate healing has helped bring meditation into the world of conventional medicine. Yet perhaps his greatest gift is his ability to make mindfulness immediately …read more »

Perhaps no one person has done more to prove the clinical value of mindfulness practice than Jon Kabat-Zinn. His groundbreaking research on the use of mindfulness to address chronic pain and accelerate healing has helped bring meditation into the world of conventional medicine. Yet perhaps his greatest gift is his ability to make mindfulness immediately accessible to anyone. As Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute observed, “I’m always impressed—but never surprised—by the ease with which Jon Kabat-Zinn is able to connect with a wide range of listeners.” In this week’s excerpt, drawn from the audio program Meditation for Pain Relief, Jon Kabat-Zinn shows us how we can “drop in” on the present moment whenever we wish, and bring our full awareness to whatever troubles us.

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Jon Kabat-Zinn: Resting in Awareness

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Perhaps no one person has done more to prove the clinical value of mindfulness practice than Jon Kabat-Zinn. His groundbreaking research on the use of mindfulness to address chronic pain and accelerate healing has helped bring meditation into the world of conventional medicine. Yet perhaps his greatest gift is his ability to make mindfulness immediately accessible to anyone. As Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute observed, “I’m always impressed—but never surprised—by the ease with which Jon Kabat-Zinn is able to connect with a wide range of listeners.” In this week’s excerpt, drawn from the audio program Meditation for Pain Relief, Jon Kabat-Zinn shows us how we can “drop in” on the present moment whenever we wish, and bring our full awareness to whatever troubles us.

Erin Olivo

Erin Olivo

Erin Olivo

Erin Olivo, PhD, MPH is an assistant clinical professor of medical psychology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is the former director of the Columbia Integrative Medicine Program, which she headed in collaboration with Dr. Mehmet Oz. Dr. Olivo has intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and clinical hypnosis, and has a psychotherapy practice in New York City.

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Stress is a normal and even necessary part of life, but when we can’t let go of our feelings of worry or fear, stress becomes anxiety. And persistent anxiety can easily lead to significant health issues. So how do we keep everyday stress from turning into long-term anxiety? When Sounds True producer Stephen Lessard recorded …read more »

Stress is a normal and even necessary part of life, but when we can’t let go of our feelings of worry or fear, stress becomes anxiety. And persistent anxiety can easily lead to significant health issues. So how do we keep everyday stress from turning into long-term anxiety? When Sounds True producer Stephen Lessard recorded Dr. Erin Olivo’s new program, Free Yourself from Anxiety, he was impressed by Dr. Olivo’s lucid presentation of mindfulness practices that can release pent-up worry and build up our emotional resilience. In this excerpt, Dr. Olivo reveals how self-compassion can help us respond to stressful events in a healthy, natural way.

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Erin Olivo: Free Yourself from Anxiety

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Stress is a normal and even necessary part of life, but when we can’t let go of our feelings of worry or fear, stress becomes anxiety. And persistent anxiety can easily lead to significant health issues. So how do we keep everyday stress from turning into long-term anxiety? When Sounds True producer Stephen Lessard recorded Dr. Erin Olivo’s new program, Free Yourself from Anxiety, he was impressed by Dr. Olivo’s lucid presentation of mindfulness practices that can release pent-up worry and build up our emotional resilience. In this excerpt, Dr. Olivo reveals how self-compassion can help us respond to stressful events in a healthy, natural way.

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Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is the founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and associate professor of medicine in the Division of Preventative and Behavioral Medicine. His clinic was featured in 1993 in the public television series Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers. Jon Kabat-Zinn is the author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Full-Catastrophe Living: Using Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness.

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Tami Simon speaks with Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts, whose trailblazing research has helped bring mindfulness meditation into mainstream medicine. Jon is the author of Wherever You Go, There You Are, and with Sounds True he has written a new book with an accompanying CD of guided …read more »

Tami Simon speaks with Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts, whose trailblazing research has helped bring mindfulness meditation into mainstream medicine. Jon is the author of Wherever You Go, There You Are, and with Sounds True he has written a new book with an accompanying CD of guided practices, Mindfulness for Beginners. In this episode, Tami speaks with Jon about the role of science in validating mindfulness practice, the 180-degree shift that lets us rest in awareness instead of identifying with our thoughts, and the potential renaissance in the world that may arise from a “mindfulness revolution.”

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Jon Kabat-Zinn: The Mindfulness Revolution

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Tami Simon speaks with Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts, whose trailblazing research has helped bring mindfulness meditation into mainstream medicine. Jon is the author of Wherever You Go, There You Are, and with Sounds True he has written a new book with an accompanying CD of guided practices, Mindfulness for Beginners. In this episode, Tami speaks with Jon about the role of science in validating mindfulness practice, the 180-degree shift that lets us rest in awareness instead of identifying with our thoughts, and the potential renaissance in the world that may arise from a “mindfulness revolution.”
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Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein

 Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and the Forest Refuge. Since 1967, he has studied and practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma, and Tibet. His books include A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma, Insight Meditation, and The Experience of Insight.


Tami Simon speaks with Joseph Goldstein, who is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and has been teaching insight and lovingkindness meditation worldwide since 1974. He is the coauthor of the Sounds True audio learning course Insight Meditation (with Sharon Salzberg), and has recently released the third volume of his landmark …read more »

Tami Simon speaks with Joseph Goldstein, who is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and has been teaching insight and lovingkindness meditation worldwide since 1974. He is the coauthor of the Sounds True audio learning course Insight Meditation (with Sharon Salzberg), and has recently released the third volume of his landmark audio course of advanced teachings and practical guidance on the Satipatthāna Sutta, Abiding in Mindfulness. In this episode, Tami speaks with Joseph about his study of the Satipatthāna Sutta as the Buddha’s central teaching of mindfulness meditation, the evolution of his own practice over the past four decades, and what it might mean to live without any sense of there being an “I” or a “me.”

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Joseph Goldstein: The True Nature of Mindfulness

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Tami Simon speaks with Joseph Goldstein, who is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and has been teaching insight and lovingkindness meditation worldwide since 1974. He is the coauthor of the Sounds True audio learning course Insight Meditation (with Sharon Salzberg), and has recently released the third volume of his landmark audio course of advanced teachings and practical guidance on the Satipatthāna Sutta, Abiding in Mindfulness. In this episode, Tami speaks with Joseph about his study of the Satipatthāna Sutta as the Buddha’s central teaching of mindfulness meditation, the evolution of his own practice over the past four decades, and what it might mean to live without any sense of there being an “I” or a “me.” (60 minutes)

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