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The Top 5 Mindfulness Thought Leaders to Follow

While mindfulness and mindfulness meditation come from many different sources of origin, many leaders in the space have taken these principles and applied them to various practices. Jon Kabat-Zinn is the originator of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR.) Leo Babauta is the founder of Zen Habits which promotes incorporating mindfulness in daily life, focusing on eating right and meditation. Pema Chödrön is an author, a Tibetan Buddhist, a nun, and a mother who teaches the powers of meditation and Buddhism. Each of these leaders takes the basic foundations of mindfulness and helps others to transform their lives.

Here are the top five mindfulness thought leaders that you should follow.

  1. Jon Kabat-Zinn – Originated MBSR while researching at UMass Medical School, Jon teaches MBSR courses, and has three series of guided mindfulness meditation practices.
    What he does: teaches, writes, and researches mindfulness and its effects
    Where to follow: Follow him on Twitter
    Recommended reading: Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment - And Your Life

  2. Leo Babauta – Started ZenHabits.com, father of six, turned his life around using mindfulness and Zen practices.
    What he does: blogs, writes, and empowers others
    Where to follow: Follow Leo on Twitter and subscribe to the Zen Habits blog
    Recommended reading: The Zen Habits Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness - ebook

  3. Pema Chödrön – teaches Buddhism in the U.S. and Canada, author, and nun.
    What she does: teaches and practices Buddhism
    Where to follow: You can follow Pema’s page on Facebook or her foundation’s website
    Recommended reading: How To Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind

  4. Dan Harris – after having a panic attack live on air, Dan realized he needed to make a change and started using meditation. Now, he’s a television news anchor-turned meditation enthusiast.
    What he does: author and meditation evangelist (and news anchor!)
    Where to follow: You can follow Dan on Twitter and Facebook
    Recommended reading: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

  5. George Mumford – a former college basketball player, George used mindfulness after being injured to re-center his life and worked with Jon Kabat-Zinn to start an inner-city stress-reduction clinic.
    What he does: coaches athletes and teams using mindfulness and meditation
    Where to follow: You can find George on Twitter and Facebook
    Recommended reading: The Mindful Athlete

Do you have more mindfulness thought leaders you respect? Let us know who we should add in the comments below. 



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