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Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness Hardcover – January 5, 2005
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Starred Review. "For any of us, perhaps our greatest potential regret may be that of not seizing the moment and honoring it for what it is when it is here," writes bestselling author Kabat-Zinn (Full Catastrophe Living; Wherever You Go, There You Are; etc.). The scientist who pioneered the use of the Buddhist technique of mindfulness (or moment-by-moment awareness) to help patients cope with the stress and pain of illness arrived at this poignant lesson after seeing the way his father, an eminent immunologist who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, lost all sense of who he was and what was happening to him. In a passionate tour de force that blends personal experience with cutting-edge science (his own and others'), poetry and insights culled from many traditions, Kabat-Zinn sets out to awaken us to the true potential and value of a gift that most of us take for granted: sentience. Our lack of awareness of our impact on the rest of the world amounts to "a kind of auto-immune disease of the earth." Borrowing an analogy made by the neuroscientist Francisco Varela, Kabat-Zinn compares the way our immune system senses the whole of our bodily self to our potential for a mindful awareness. That is, the practice of cultivating this conscious, heightened sentience leads to the realization of our wholeness, as we begin to realize that we don't live just within the envelope of our own senses, sensations and thoughts but within the whole of all that is. Kabat-Zinn illuminates the many facets of this selfless way of being, not just with Buddhist understanding and verse but with quotes from Einstein ("A human being is a part of the whole, called by us 'Universe' "), Dickinson, Rilke and many other Western greats. Ardent, personal, frankly opinionated in places, this book seeks to wake up as individuals and as a culture. It is a treasure trove of contemporary wisdom.
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"A passionate tour de force that blends personal experience with cutting-edge science, poetry, and insights culled from many traditions." -- Publisher's Weekly, starred review
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I am a student of technology. Medical technology is a field where I have considerable expertise. In my work with heart disease, I have come across literally thousands of sufferers where there is no scientific reason why the disease is present. This is true for victims of heart attacks also. These people have perfectly normal Cholesterol levels, yet the disease is ravaging their bodies.
One of the few explanations left is STRESS, and the individual's inability to deal with stress in their daily lives. Jon Kabat-Zinn takes you through the joys of meditation. On every page, he intrigues the reader by coming at him from a position that you will rarely encounter if ever in a book.
It is clear that the author is at peace with himself, and the world. His ability to achieve this state in the context of our culture is extraordinary. Listen to the flow of his words, the cadence, and the poetry. "...Make more of your ordinary moments notable and noteworthy by taking note of them. This also reduces the chaos and increases the order in the mind. The tiniest moments can become veritable milestones. If you were really present with your moments as they were unfolding, no matter what was happening, you would discover that each moment is unique and novel and therefore, momentous."
His words are beautiful, and moving. You will absorb this book intellectually and unconsciously. You will become a better person for having read it, and what could be more meaningful than that. Read it yourself, absorb it, and share its delights with others.
We have all heard that there are no second acts, and life is not a dress rehearsal. We have all been given a limited allotment of time on this planet to do with, as we will. This author shows us, indeed forces us to reflect on how we have chosen to used that time. For those suffering from stress-induced illnesses like heart disease, you must consider employing the meditation techniques that this author introduced to this country many years ago. We are talking about potentially saving your life, and slowing down the insidious progression of disease.
Mr. Kabat-Zinn can show you the way to change your life. He cannot force you to drink from the well. The choice is yours, choose wisely, and just sit back and enjoy the experience of reading every word in this marvelous book that we can all be grateful that he has written for our benefit.
"Awareness offers a safe haven in which to restore ourselves and rest in a vital and dynamic harmony, tranquility, creativity and joyfulness NOW, not in some far-off hoped for future time when things are `better' or we have gotten things under control, or have `improved ourselves.'
This sentence sums up the philosophy of Zinn's eagerly awaited book, and very effectively gets to the crux of what lies at the "dis-eased" heart of our society. As a mental health/drug counselor who daily witnesses the destitution found in the souls of my clients, and in the past my own, I became mesmerized by Zinn's "mindfulness" concept in his book, "Wherever You Go, There You Are." My life was so profoundly changed by utilizing that concept, I enthusiastically added Zinn's works to the suggested reading list for my clients. And, after reading this sequel, I have gratefully added it to that list as well. Zinn states our absorption with the future and the past has become such an overriding habit that awareness, and more importantly, connectedness with the present is completely lacking. Technology was created to make our lives easier and bring our world closer...thus providing more time to connect with self and greater intimacy with our fellows. Ironically, the exact opposite has occurred. Never in history has man been such a stranger to his own soul. Zinn's book not only shares the recipe for healing that estrangement...mindfulness...but leads the reader through the steps to accomplish that healing...meditation. For readers who may believe meditation to be "new agey" or "out there," rest assured Zinn uses practical, proven methods of meditation that are easy to follow and will be appreciated by those who embrace their spiritual side and by atheists as well. Voltaire once wrote, "We never live; we are always in the expectation of living." Zinn, thankfully, proves Voltaire wrong.
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