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Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness Paperback – Deckle Edge, January 18, 2006
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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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"...whimsical, wise, genuine, intimate, surprising, scholarly, liberating, brilliant, and practical look at how we can become who we fully are..." -- Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
"Coming to Our Senses invites us to sanity, offering a practical, life-altering way to cut through the clutter . . ." -- Daniel Goleman
"A deeply optimistic book, grounded in good science and filled with practical recommendations for moving in the right direction." -- Andrew Weil, M.D.
"A wealth of . . . miracles that mindfulness can work in our everyday lives." -- Thich Nhat Hanh
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As humans we have loosed a total sense of who we really are and what our main purpose in life is. We get constantly confused by the incessantly noisy and thinking mind that we no longer appreciate the present moment just the way it unfolds in our life. This book
can unquestionably give you a bigger sense of belonging to this earth and to this body you have, and as a result acting in life with mindfulness and respect towards ourselves and the world as well.
Good Gob Jon Kabat-Zinn!!!!!!
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