The Guardian Interview: Coming to our senses in the Trump Era

With Jon Kabat Zinn

In this article The Guardian interviews Jon Kabat Zinn: the ‘godfather’ of Mindfulness as we know it in Western Society today.

“We are approaching a critical unique point in history. We are approaching an ego disaster of major proportions – overpopulation, pollution of every conceivable kind including mental. We are at risk of losing our Minds. Trump is crazier than anything we have ever seen … This is our work at the moment, to see if we can maintain a degree of sanity and recognition of the fears and concerns of those who do not see the world the way we do. The temptation is to fall into camps where you dehumanise the other, and no matter what they do, they are wrong, and no matter what we do, we are right…

The human mind, when it doesn’t do the work of mindfulness, winds up becoming a prisoner of its myopic perspectives that puts ‘me’ above everything else. We are so caught up in the dualistic perspectives of ‘us’ and ‘them’. But ultimately there is no ‘them’. That’s what we need to wake up to.”

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