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Full Catastrophe Living: How to Cope with Stress, Pain and Illness Using Mindfulness Meditation [Paperback]

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31 Dec 1996

Stress. It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us: sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this groundbreaking book shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit. By using the practices described within, you can learn to manage chronic pain resulting from illness and/or stress related disorders…discover the roles that anger and tension play in heart disease… reduce anxiety and feelings of panic…improve overall quality of life and relationships through mindfulness meditation and mindful yoga. More timely than ever before, Full Catastrophe Living is a book for the young and the old, the well, the ill, and anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in today’s world.

Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; New e. edition (31 Dec 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385303122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385303125
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 16.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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134 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important book I have ever read! 7 July 1998
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I read this book eight years ago and I found it to be so valuable that I read it again two years later. To this day, I continue to reference certain chapters from time to time and eight years after first reading it, I continue to practice the techniques I learned from the book.
Grounded in scientific research, Jon Kabat-Zinn explores the connections between mind and body to the point where there is no longer any obvious division between the two. This book offers the reader access to a new way of living that is rooted in mindfulness. The instructions offered are easy to understand. This book is primarily intended for those facing chronic or terminal illness or emotional pain, but it can really benefit a far more general audience - those who want to live their lives more fully.
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A remarkable, accessible, entertaining and enlightening work on mindfulness meditation (Zen). Chapter 2 describing 7 attitudinal factors (non-judging, patience, beginner's mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance and letting go) is key and indispensible to development of mindfulness meditation technique. I frequently recommend it to patients in my neurology and headache clinic. It can open up a whole new outlook on life for anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to access and jargon free guide. 15 Feb 1999
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It's a large book but it is free from space-filling patronising stories that seem to be a feature of this kind of book from the States. It is sensible and credible and worth the time to sit down with it and follow the various exercises.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book stops you in your tracks 16 Mar 2002
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This book is a way of stopping the world for a short time to allow you to get your breath back. If you work hard at looking at the moments the book will indeed live up to it's promise. This book is for everyone in pain whether the pain is physical or emotional. It is for the people who feel there is nothing else left to try. Give it a go.
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Format:Audio CD
THis item was recommended to me by a physcologist as a paper bacjk version so imagine my delight to find it available as an audio book.

So much more is taken in as you lay drowsing at night listening to the advice read clearly by the author. They say that information retention is enhanced just before sleeping and I can vouch for this so the chance to hear the worthwhile book instead of reading it was invaluable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Audio books are the best and avoid a catastorphe 10 Mar 2011
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I adore audio books. OK its athe abridged version but all of the main points are there and you can rewind. Mindfulless is a fantastic way to veiw and live life and this book along with the 8 week audio programme i also brought gives you a great grounding in what Mindfulness is about without being prescriptive as to what you should get out of it. I listen to this anytime during the day but find when I get into bed is the best time for me . Its surpising how much you do remember and I think it helps me to undertsand because I can hear the words. I do hope Amazon provide a wider range of audio books, as for me it makes reading so much more enjoyable.
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