Without compassion knowledge is vain
Without knowledge compassion is blind
                                          Matthieu Ricard

To be or not to be..... This is the question?

If Hamlet asked an ontological rhetorical question, Jon Kabat-Zinn answered a hermeneutical practical one by getting in the mainstream of evidence based medicine the ancient bouddhist meditation practice.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, who developed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts defines mindfulness as "paying attention on purpose in the present moment, nonjudgmentally". Being mindful refers therefore to a state of mind consisting of two key elements: (i) an alert mode of being aware of all mental contents (i.e. perceptions, sensations, cognitions and emotions) and (ii) a friendly, open-hearted and non-judgmental attitude toward those mental contents.

Research consistently documents symptom reductions in:
  • Chronic pain
  • Cancer
  • Job or family stress
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Heart disease
  • Auto immune disorders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Pre and Post surgery stress
  • Organ transplant issues
  • Shyness