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Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment--and Your Life [Kindle Edition]

Jon Kabat-Zinn
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We may long for wholeness, suggests Jon Kabat-Zinn, but the truth is that it is already here and already ours. The practice of mindfulness holds the possibility of not just a fleeting sense of contentment, but a true embracing of a deeper unity that envelops and permeates our lives. With Mindfulness for Beginners you are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel, love, work, and play—and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are.

Here, the teacher, scientist, and clinician who first demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness within mainstream Western medicine offers a book that you can use in three unique ways: as a collection of reflections and practices to be opened and explored at random; as an illuminating and engaging start-to-finish read; or as an unfolding “lesson- a-day” primer on mindfulness practice.

Beginning and advanced meditators alike will discover in these pages a valuable distillation of the key attitudes and essential practices that Jon Kabat-Zinn has found most useful with his students, including:

* Why heartfulness is synonymous with true mindfulness

* The value of coming back to our bodies and to our senses over and over again

* How our thoughts “self-liberate” when touched by awareness

* Moving beyond our “story” into direct experience

* Stabilizing our attention and presence amidst daily activities

* The three poisons that cause suffering—and their antidotes

* How mindfulness heals, even after the fact

*Reclaiming our wholeness, and more

The prescription for living a more mindful life seems simple enough: return your awareness again and again to whatever is going on. But if you’ve tried it, you know that here is where all the questions and challenges really begin. Mindfulness for Beginners provides welcome answers, insights, and instruction to help us make that shift, moment by moment, into a more spacious, clear, reliable, and loving connection with ourselves and the world.



Editorial Reviews

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“Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the finest teachers
of mindfulness you will ever encounter.”
—JACK KORNFIELD
Author of A Path with Heart


“Jon Kabat-Zinn provides access to the
essence of meditation and its applications
for both the beginner and those who
wish to deepen and expand their practice.
He embodies what he describes.”
—DEAN ORNISH, MD

About the Author

Featured in Bill Moyer's PBS Special Healing and the Mind, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. is executive director at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He is the founder and former director of the UMMC Stress Reduction Clinic and an associate professor of medicine in the division of preventive and behavioral medicine. Using mindfulness meditation, Kabat-Zinn works to help people reduce stress and deal with chronic pain, and a variety of illnesses, particularly breast cancer. He was a trainer for the 1984 U.S. Men's Olympic Rowing Team and is especially interested in reducing the stress-related problems in the inner city and in prison populations. Kabat-Zinn's books include: Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness (1991); Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (1994) and Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting (1997), which was co-authored with his wife, Myla.

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  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604077743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604077742
  • ASIN: B007L659U2
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355 of 364 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foundation and Practice - the basics for Westerners April 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD is an introduction to mindfulness that is aimed at an audience of Westerners who are not familiar with Eastern philosophy. This audio provides the foundational concepts necessary to have a meditation practice and gives a taste of several different types of practice.

The first CD covers concepts such as the present moment, the definition of mindfulness at attending to what is arising in the moment, awareness, the relationship between mind and heart, etc. It also covers the importance of openness and curiosity vs. judgment and identification with what is going on. That is to say, it distinguishes between a witness of what is arising and the phenomena in question. In other words, it makes the point that there is something standing behind the mind, emotions, sensations, etc. and that this something is a type of consciousness called witness consciousness. This CD also goes into the important of allowing (non-striving) vs. a desire that pushes toward acheiving something. In the last section of CD Zinn contrasts awareness which is passive and accepting with thinking which arises out of desire.

The second CD provides an introduction to some minfulness practices such as mindful eating, breath meditation, mindfulness of the body as a whole, mindfulness of objects such as sounds, thoughts and emotions. It also introduces the notion of meditation as pure awareness without judgment. One might compare this to pure experience without desire or aversion. Although one is given a taste of each of these practices, none of them are comprehensively covered and the guided meditations are not long enough for practice purposes except for a complete beginner.
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225 of 232 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy & Practice for Improved Health August 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program used in hospitals and medical clinics around the world. Jon Kabat-Zinn teaches a foundation for mindfulness that encourages healing. He is the founding director for the Stress Reduction Clinic and Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

The first CD explores the philosophy and practice of mindfulness. It is entertaining and I love Jon Kabat-Zinn's sense of humor. This is the section where you learn about positive qualities you can cultivate to enhance your life and negative aspects that can be poision to the body and heart.

The second CD then explores an actual practice session where you experience keeping your attention on the moment. Paying attention on purpose can be enlightening all on its own as you awaken to a more compassionate moment and unveil inner wisdom.

Meditation is a universal practice and you don't need to belong to any specific religion to experience the benefits of exploring moments of relaxing peace.

Jon Kabat-Zinn's calming voice is wonderful to listen to and his guided meditation sections explore a variety of essential principles needed to enjoy a meditation session. Eventually you start to breathe more deeply, relax into not thinking and happiness rises from within. It is truly a beautiful way to reconnect with who you truly are and while you may assume sitting quietly is hardly doing anything at all, it is amazing what can be accomplished in silence.

Meditation strengthens you so you walk through the earth with a different focus, more awareness and even more confidence. This CD does focus on the basics of meditation and therefore is perfect for anyone who wants to heal the mind, body and spirit.

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102 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing August 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have been lucky enough to take two Mindfulness courses and they have changed my life. Both were run by excellent course leaders but nothing compares with hearing Mindfulness founder Jon Kabat Zinn discuss the philosophy and methodology behind it. His wit, compassion and way with words themselves make CD1 compulsive listening as well as explaining the reasons for CD2 which are the practices themselves. I cannot recommend this highly enough to anybody who wants to learn about themselves and especially those seeking release from troubled mind states such as anxiety and depression. Buy it- Mindfulness practitioners will tell you honestly that they make no promises to 'fix things' but it might change your life too...
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mindfulness for Intermediates? March 5, 2012
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Unlike many who reviewed this book, I have no experience with meditation, so Mindfulness for Beginners promised to be a great introduction, particularly given the stellar reputation of the author. Now that I've read it, however, I don't think it is the optimal book for those with no knowledge of or experience with meditation. I found the book to be a scattered collection of somewhat random reflections on mindfulness that seem more appropriate for those who have already started a meditation practice. Even though the author writes "we will be exploring together the subject of mindfulness as if you'd never heard about it and had no idea what it is or, for that matter, why it might be worth integrating into your life," the book lacked the structure and organization to meet that goal. The author points out that everything is explained in much greater detail in some of his previous books, and I am thinking about turning to them in search of a more coherent presentation.

Although the entire book can be read in an hour (most chapters are only one or two pages), I don't think there would be much benefit from reading it in one sitting. The book seems designed to be read a brief chapter or two at a time, followed by reflection. From my perspective, the chapters do not always seem sequentially or logically linked. They are more like mindfulness devotionals. I found some of the chapters thought-provoking, but not consistently so. I would have preferred a more organized book that started by laying out a foundation for how and why meditation is helpful, followed by instruction for getting started.

The enclosed CD is a very nice bonus. I used it to guide my first-ever attempt at meditation, and I felt very good about the process and the outcome. If I continue to meditate, I may refer to various chapters in this book for inspiration, but I am more likely to use the recommended reading list to find books that help make meditation more accessible to a true beginner.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work
I picked up this book as a good starting point for mindfulness practice. I loved Jon Kabat-Zinn's book Wherever You Go, There You Are but I was really let down by this one. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Shannon Kiley
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked the CD attached because is a live experience that ...
A VERY clear explanation of mindfulness. I liked the CD attached because is a live experience that I can use at my measure.
Published 9 days ago by olga ruiz
5.0 out of 5 stars In the middle of all the buzziness this little book ...
In the middle of all the buzziness this little book can deliver a way of creating space and peace where it seems impossible to find...for anyone who needs a way to rest the mind.
Published 10 days ago by Ms Jacintha Cloney
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Haven't finished reading.
Published 19 days ago by Michael L Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book is like the bible of mindulness.
Published 22 days ago by Maria del Carmen Gangotena
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my client found this a little over her head but it helped me alot!
Published 28 days ago by JM
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent
Published 1 month ago by David Wray
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is practical and Kabat-Zinn does a masterful job ...
This book is practical and Kabat-Zinn does a masterful job identifying what ails us and giving practical methods to overcome it.
Published 1 month ago by Teresa and Richard Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
Love it, listened over and over, had to order another set, different mindfulness training…
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey of capturing and fullfiling your life with awarness!
A visually rewarding capture of your life with each moment consciously '"( VISIBLE )"' ; Your really there ! Arn't you?
Published 1 month ago by Phillip Rowe
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Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and author of numerous books, including Full Catastrophe Living, Arriving at Your Own Door, and Coming to Our Senses.



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audible too??
NO! They tell you, you have to purchase it separately! It is outrageous. I purchased Jon Kabat-Zinn "Full Catastrophe living" for $17. There was no note warning me that the ESSENTIAL audio component was not included. When I pointed this out, they provided a link to where I could... Read More
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