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  • Publisher: Hyperion Books; Abridged edition (Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401399495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401399498
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. is a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher. He is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was the founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, and founder and former director of its world-renown Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Clinic.
Dr Kabat-Zinn's pioneering research focused on mind/body interactions for healing and on the clinical applications of mindfulness meditation for people managing chronic pain and stress-related disorders. His work has won numerous awards and contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions such as medicine, and psychology, health care, schools, corporations, prisons, and professional sports. He is the author of Full Catastrophe Living, Coming to Our Senses and Wherever You Go, There You Are.

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Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founding director of the renowned Stress-Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre and Associate Professor. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kirk McElhearn on 2 Sep 2013
Format: Paperback
I'm going to be harsher in this review than I should be, since I think the message of the book is essential. I have read Kabat-Zinn's other books, and have the same ambivalent feeling about his first, Full Catastrophe Living, though his second, Wherevery You Go There You Are is much more to the point.

The problem is this: there are four books in here, struggling to break out of a single binding and become individual. Unfortunately, while Kabat-Zinn has great ideas, he is not the best writer, and he rambles. Oh, does he ramble... This 600-page book would have made a great 200 page book, with a great deal of editorial guidance to give it direction. As it stands, it is a mish-mash of unrelated essays about three different subjects: meditation; stress reduction and neuroscience; living in the present; and finally some ramblings about politics.

The meditation parts are well-written, concise instructions on how to meditate, why we want to do so, what sort of techniques to use, etc. The stress reduction and neuroscience parts should be a separate book, where the author could exercise his penchant for wordy sentences and references to studies and tests (and citing his stress reduction clinic over and over). As for the rest, the "living in the present" part, there is a great deal of waste. He says the same things over and over - not necessarily a bad thing, since it gives you different ways of reading similar ideas - but after a while his wordiness gets to you. He can't say something simply; he has to use too many words to say something that could be more poetic. Example: "Our bodies, quantized condensations of vital protoplasm, the most complex and differentiated conglomerations of matter and energy we know of in the universe, arise and pass away.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tom on 13 Dec 2011
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This book focuses less on practical issues on how to meditate, and puts more emphasise on the reasons why people should meditate, what changes meditation can bring into anyone's life, and how it can transform the world. I think anyone who liked 'Wherever You Go, There You are', or the 'Full Catastrophe Living' will probably like this book, too. On the other hand, I would not recommend it for a quick introduction or for people who are completely new to meditation. The reason is that while it is excellent for practising meditators, its length and language may discourage people who have never heard about meditation.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Oct 2007
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At 600-plus pages, this deeply philosophical book may challenge some readers. But Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, an accomplished scientist, thinker and author, imparts his wisdom in short, easily digestible chapters. He says you can have a more peaceful, contented life if you are open to exploring the spiritual realm and the practice of mindful meditation. Kabat-Zinn, who cites studies and personal experiences, presents convincing evidence that meditation reduces everyday stress, and can help treat depression and fear, chronic pain, cancer and other serious illnesses. We believe that everyone can benefit from reading this mindful treatise - even those who are already healthy, wealthy and wise. Highly recommended.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Foxylock on 28 Dec 2008
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There is a wealth of information contained in this book. Mercifully its divided into eight sections and each section is sub-divided into very readable chapters.

Anyone looking for a comprehensive guide to meditation or mindfulness practice could do a lot worse than read this book. However I found it quite tiresome in parts and the temptation to just plod along was ever present.This being the antithesis of mindfulness then maybe the point of the book is lost. I firmly believe that the material contained in this book is quite good but Jon Kabat Zinn lets it down with his long windedness and unnecessary self indulgence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JWW on 10 Mar 2013
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All of Kabat-Zinn's books are inspirational but this is by far and away my favourite. Every page imparts wisdom that you want to savour over and over. This is one of the wisest books about mindfulness that I've read. Highly recommended.
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