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Diana Winston

Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. She has taught meditation retreats as well as mindfulness for health and well-being since 1999 in a variety of settings including in healthcare, universities, businesses, non-profits, and schools in the US and internationally. She created the evidence-based Mindful Awareness Practices Program (MAPs), is the founding director of UCLA’s Training in Mindfulness Facilitation, and is a founding board member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She has practiced vipassana since 1989, including a year as a Buddhist nun in Burma, and each day she tries to be a mindful mom.

She is the author of The Little Book of Being: Practices and Guidance for Uncovering your Natural Awareness, Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens and co-author of Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness (with Susan L. Smalley, PhD).

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Featured Audio Talk
June 28, 2019 - The Spectrum of Awareness: Natural Awareness

The human mind and heart can feel these states of love, connection, and compassion that can just come over us in a moment. Words that are often used to describe it are pristine, luminous, open, boundless, expansive. I just call it natural awareness, because it feels like it’s part of what it means to be human. When we experience it personally, it often has different qualities to it. I think of it like a diamond with different facets. One facet might be compassion, another might be transcendence. Another might be humor, and then ordinariness, and then just this-ness—and it can be very personal or very impersonal. It might feel like a here-ness that’s unshakable. And another day, it might be hilarious, like getting the cosmic joke of life. It can come in different ways. Sometimes it’s like a tiny little whisper, sometimes it’s really big, and everything in between. It’s something we all have access to.

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