Your brain creates all the narratives in your life, from fear to loneliness to anxiety, etc. But it’s possible to train your brain through mindfulness to transcend its innate urge to storify everything. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a respected medical researcher and professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, explains what years and years of study have taught us about the taming of the brain.

Jon Kabat-Zinn is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Kabat-Zinn was a student of Buddhist teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Zen Master Seung Sahn and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center. His practice of yoga and studies with Buddhist teachers led him to integrate their teachings with those of science. He teaches mindfulness, which he says can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness. The stress reduction program created by Kabat-Zinn, called Mindfulness-based stress reduction, is offered by medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations.

Watch above as Kabat-Zinn explains how your brain involuntarily builds an illusory narrative around every detail in your life — and why it’s not real. You can also watch Kabat-Zinn’s recent appearance on 60 Minutes below, as well as some other mindfulness-related videos as well. And in case you haven’t yet read the amazingness that is The Untethered Soul you can click here: Reading “The Untethered Soul” Has Felt Like My Own Personal Spiritual Revolution.

UPDATE: To read’s top 5 tips for practicing mindfulness while you’re at work CLICK HERE. And to see Jacqueline Carter & Rasmus Hougaard of the Potential Project explain how to overcome the challenges of mindfulness at work (including some of the misconceptions about mindfulness) you can watch their video at The Greater Good Science Center. Once you’re finished watching their terrific piece, be sure to visit the amazingness that is The Potential Project is the global leader in providing customized, organizational effectiveness programs based on mindfulness. Their mission is to enhance individual and company performance, resilience and creativity.

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