Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center hosts conference on the substance of mindfulness

Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center hosts conference on the substance of mindfulness

By Lou Fancher

Correspondent http://www.mercurynews.com
Posted:   03/21/2013

RICHMOND -- An all-day conference on March 8 at the Craneway Pavilion sought to prove the veracity of an improbable claim: Something that looks like nothing is really ... something.

Seeking to deepen human relationships and promote an enriched life, the UC Berkeley-based Greater Good Science Center and a new magazine, Mindful, invited experts and practitioners of mindful research and application to bring an eager audience stories from the field and rock solid science at "Practicing Mindfulness and Compassion" conference.

A sellout crowd of 500 attendees, with a waiting list and 200 people signed up for the live webcast, were a first indication that mindful, compassionate meditations and connections are not only something, they are fast becoming everything.

"The underlying goal of the event is to support a large and growing movement around mindfulness and compassion--a movement we want to fuel with science," is how organizers promoted the conference.

Ann Shulman, the Berkeley center's executive director, said "movement building" was the day's objective and making "amazing science useful" was the responsibility of speakers such as keynote presenter Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Kabat-Zinn, a molecular biologist, author and emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is widely known for founding the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction clinic. Like a guru grandfather, his principles and practices are influencing generations of mindfulness practitioners.

 

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