Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment--and Your Life
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.
Includes a complete CD with five guided mindfulness meditations by Jon Kabat-Zinn, selected from the audio program that inspired this book.
Part I Entering
Part II: Sustaining
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Part III: Deepening
No Place to Go, Nothing to Do
Part IV: Ripening
The Attitudinal Foundations of Mindfulness Practice
Part V: Practicing
Getting Started with Formal Practice
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TheMadTurtle - LibraryThing
This was a good introduction to the concept of mindfulness, especially with regard to meditation. Kabat-Zinn does a great job of speaking casually and explaining the concepts in a way that's easy to understand. There are also a few meditation exercises in the end of the book. Read full review
Review: Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment--And Your LifeUser Review - Goodreads
I really liked how this book was split up into small little sections. He makes it easier to digest the important points he makes in each section. There is a lot of helpful advice/philosophy that he shares in this book that will set you on the right path. Read full review
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Attention and Awareness Are Trainable Skills
The Unity of Awareness
Mindfulness Is Not Merely a Good Idea
You Are Never Not Whole
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