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Creating a Mindful Society: The Mindfulness Revolution Gathers in New York City

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

The Omega Institute and the Center for Mindfulness are hosting a conference in New York City called Creating the Mindful Society.The heavy hitters in the field will be there, including Jon Kabat-Zinn and Congressman Tim Ryan who has become an advocate for mindfulness.

Here is the official press release for this event:


U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan Joins Leaders for a Landmark Gathering on the Integration of Mindfulness Practice into American Life

RHINEBECK, NY – ABC News reports that 20 million Americans now practice various forms of meditation. One of the most popular and beneficial is mindfulness practice, which uses simple, universal techniques to cultivate natural qualities of the heart, mind, and body. Americans from all walks of life are discovering the proven benefits of mindfulness for their health, happiness, relationships, and career, including, ABC reports, “…Marines, corporate executives from General Mills to Target to Google, students in classrooms all over America, and now, according to a new study, roughly three million patients on the recommendation of their doctors.”

Today, three leading organizations in the mindfulness field—the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, Mindful.org, and Omega Institute—announced a landmark gathering of the growing mindfulness community entitled “Creating a Mindful Society.” It will be held September 30–October 1, 2011 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture in New York City.

United States Congressman Tim Ryan joins experts Jon Kabat-Zinn, Janice Marturano, Richard J. Davidson, and other leaders in the field for a groundbreaking conference to explore the many proven ways that mindfulness practice can benefit individual lives and society, from health, work, and family to education, leadership, environment, and policy. The program will consist of keynote talks, dialogue, mindfulness practice, field reports, and breakout sessions, and is open to anyone interested in learning more about the transformative power of mindfulness.

“The evidence that mindfulness can help our teachers, students, doctors, nurses, and soldiers be better at what they do—and at low cost—is too strong to ignore. It can help Americans lower the stress that causes so many health problems. We promote physical fitness. Why not promote mental fitness?” said Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-17).

“I have, from the moment of inception, envisioned this conference as a kind of People’s Congress on Mindfulness—a way of receiving from, bringing to, exploring, and expressing in multiple formats the essential substance of mindfulness for all people across the entire society,” said Saki F. Santorelli, executive director for the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

“Anyone can practice mindfulness. It is easy to learn and it always helps. Because mindfulness practices cultivate universal qualities of the heart, mind, and body, anyone, of any belief system or none at all, can experience their scientifically proven benefits. This is what could be called the Mindfulness Revolution,” said Barry Boyce, editor-in-chief of Mindful.org, and editor of the book The Mindfulness Revolution.

“Here at Omega we’ve known for many years what others are discovering every day: mindfulness is a simple yet profound practice that changes peoples’ lives,” said Carla Goldstein, chief external affairs officer and director of the Women’s Institute at Omega. “As more people learn to practice mindfulness, we grow the possibility of creating a healthier, more compassionate society.”

For detailed information or to register, please visit eOmega.org/mindfulnessNYC.

A limited number of media passes are available. Photography restrictions may apply. To apply for a media pass, visit eOmega.org/press.

About Center for Mindfulness

The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is a visionary force and global leader in mind-body medicine. Inspiring generations of scientists, clinicians, and educators for 32 years, the Center has taken a leadership role in pioneering the integration of mindfulness meditation and other mindfulness-based practices into mainstream medicine through clinical care, rigorous research, academic, medical, and professional education, and into the larger society through leading edge “crossover” initiatives and outreach to schools and corporations, public institutions, and governmental agencies. umassmed.edu/cfm

About Mindful.org

Mindful: Living With Awareness and Compassion (www.mindful.org) is a media initiative supporting the practice and development of mindfulness, awareness, and compassion in all aspects of modern life. Mindful.org offers the best feature stories, news, commentary, and video in the mindfulness field, as well as clear, helpful instruction from the most respected teachers on mindfulness practice, spatial awareness practice, and body disciplines.  Mindful.org represents a diverse group of people and organizations that make up the mindfulness community, and provides a place where everyone can share their ideas. mindful.org

About Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is the nation’s most trusted source for wellness and personal growth. As a nonprofit organization, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. Located on 195 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 23,000 people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York, and at exceptional locations around the world. eOmega.org

Here is what Saki Santorelli, Director of the Center for Mindfulness, has to say about this event:

Dear Friends,Greetings! As you may know, we are soon co-hosting our first New York City conference - Creating a Mindful Society. We are excited about this gathering and hope that you will join us.The conference will be Friday evening September 30th through Saturday night, October 1st. 

Creating a Mindful Society promo 2I have, from the moment of inception, envisioned this conference as a kind of People’s Congress on Mindfulness - a way of receiving from, bringing to, exploring, and expressing in multiple formats, the essential substance of mindfulness for all people across the entiresociety. As a friend of the Center,
you are one of the “people” I had in mind.


This event is another important way to move mindfulness out of the traditional meditation hall and professional forums into a venue that is open, emergent, and pragmatic and therefore capable of transmitting to people across multiple social and economic strata the potential power of mindfulness in their lives. For me, the whole event is meant to be reciprocal in nature…if it “works well,” the outcome will be that participants, presenters, and organizers will all learn from one another many things that we don’t quite fully know today!


I believe that such an open dialogue about mindfulness is essential in our nation. I suspect that you do too. Given the vision, intention, and positive long-term implications of this gathering, I am hoping that you will strongly consider participating in this landmark event. There’s still a seat for you- -please learn more and/or register today atwww.eomega.org/mindfulnessNYC/cfm


Much warmth,


Signature Saki Santorelli

Saki F. Santorelli
Executive Director, Center for Mindfulness
University of Massachusetts Medical School

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jeffrey

    A soldier’s job is essentially to break things and kill people. According to this article mindfulness can help them “be better at what they do.” Kind of reminds me of how Zen Buddhism was exploited in the service of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.

    • Dr. Arnie Kozak

      You are right Jeffrey. Mindfulness will make you more focused and efficient at whatever you do. If you are a soldier that will be soldiering. Zen was incorporated by the Samurai long before World War II and the samurai followed a strict ethical code. Mindfulness training is occurring today in military academies. In addition to making them better soldiers, mindfulness is helping them to become more ethical and compassionate leaders. I’d rather have soldiers exposed to mindfulness training than not.

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