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Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment--and Your Life [Kindle Edition]

Jon Kabat-Zinn
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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.

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Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D is the founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and associate professor of medicine in the Division of Preventative and Behavioral Medicine. His clinic was featured in 1993 in the public television series Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers. Jon Kabat-Zinn is the author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Full-Catastrophe Living: Using Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness.

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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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222 of 225 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete introduction 7 Feb. 2007
Format:Audio CD
I really enjoyed this set. It provides a tremendous introduction, foundation and platform for growth in Mind & Body awareness. Having meditated for many years now, it was interesting to hear the term MBSR (Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction) something I have clearly been doing regularly without knowing the term!

This is a beautifully clear and thorough introduction. Well paced, it offers much more than simple present moment awareness. It opens the eyes of the mind.

Jon Kabat-Zinn discusses how by having openness, kindness and a caring attitude, mindfulness can become a way of being and living, rather than just something we need to remind ourselves to do from time to time. He takes us on a journey of enhancing and heightening our senses, as recommended long ago by Leonardo Da Vinci as the single most important thing to do to enjoy the experience of living as a Human Being. Through a guided meditation we see firsthand an example of how we can truly appreciate a simple exercise like eating a raisin in complete awareness. By really using our senses and becoming more aware of our bodies and our surroundings we can take great steps towards enriching our lives.

Something nags at me about the title of this CD set and that is because I feel the word "Beginners" may undermine the true value of what Jon Kabat-Zinn gives us - this is not meant as a criticism, just an observation. I hope the title is not putting people off of purchasing such a great introduction to Mindfulness.

Listening to the CD's reminded me of many quotes I have heard over the years and two stand out:

Jiddu Krishnamurti once asked "Do you want to know my secret?
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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing CD 22 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have just purchased the double CD "Mindfulness for Beginners" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. I have lots of meditation CDs - some better than others. But this is different. This one grips you from the word "go"

The first CD is an introduction by Jon - talking about this moment being the only moment we have. Explaining what Mindfulness is - and what it isn't! He talks a little about his work with terminally ill people and how meditation and mindfulness helps them through (although he stresses it isn't a "cure"... just helpful)

This man's voice is so calming - so sure - you have faith in every word he says from the outset.

The second CD has some mindfulness meditations in it. They are for beginners - but I think that habitual meditators could get quite a lot from them too. The Eating Meditation(where it took me 14 minutes to eat a raisin!) was mindblowingly beautiful! We normally gobble down our lunch reading the paper and we don't taste the food, smell the food, think about the food. It's an amazing eye-opener.

I would recommend this CD WHOLEHEARTEDLY - for anyone new to meditation - or anyone who feels they may have lost their way. It never takes itself too seriously and I have had many a wry smile listening to it.

It's perfect - I haven't had it long - but I wouldn't be without it. BUY IT! You won't be disappointed!!
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Kabat-Zinn's calm, kind presence guides you gently into meditation, starting with the body, and moving through more subtle levels such as feelings, breath, sounds and thoughts. It is the best guide to meditation I have come across, written or CD, and I think it is suitable for anyone at any level. It is especially good for the busy Western mind, as it grounds awareness first in the body, creating a solid base and then working up to thoughts.

I am using it to aid recovery from chronic fatigue, and within days of practising am finding myself calmer and more grounded. This man knows what he is doing!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 May 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Ideal for anyone trying mindfulness meditation for the first time or for those like myself who have worked through all of Jon Kabat Zin's books and cd's over the years. Its easy to follow, each individual meditation on the CD can be done individually if you prefer and the book is brilliant to just drop in to whenever you feel like it.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fully functional though slightly lacking 4 Jan. 2008
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was my first taste of Jon Kabat-Zinn, though I've studied mindfulness before. As a general introduction to the subject it is fine. Jon is a gentle and engaging speaker, and on the first CD gives you a thoughtful, basic understanding of mindfulness. There are several meditations (as mentioned) on the second CD, which are also basic, but clear and helpful.

I liked his presentation and have ordered his 'Full Catastrophe Living' as a result of listening to these CDs. I would, however, reccomend this set as an aid, rather than as a proper introduction. It is a very nice addition, if you are interested in stress reduction and/or mindfulness, and can help both to clarify understanding of the system and fine tune your meditation technique. If you are looking for a thorough introduction to the subject though, I would reccomend the book 'Mindfulness in Plain English' by Bhante G. For around the same price, you get a much more thorough understanding.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
By Self-help junkie VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very, very slowly I feel that I am getting to grips with understanding mindfulness and what it might be about. I have been reading books on and off for years, and dabbled in formal mindfulness practice. But this year, 2012, I have suddenly been making connections about how mindfulness might actually be not just a nice relaxing thing to do, but in fact a really essential part of living in a crazy world - that's the outer world and my own internal world too!.

Jon Kabat-Zinn is, of course, the Mindfulness 'guru' for many people and I've certainly used my fair share of his books and tapes. This new book doesn't, in a way, present anything new. But somehow I just love it - and find each small chapter perfect for quiet reflection and pondering. Maybe I'm just at the 'right' point in my life to hear what has been there all along, but his writing touches on so many of the questions I have about mindfulness, its use, its understanding of 'the self', about how mindfulness can possibly help in situations of real danger, pain or loss...

Sip slowly, savour and swallow mindfully! There is so much here to nourish. I hope it help you as much as it is helping me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Naejcam
2.0 out of 5 stars I find his voice very irritating, it just drones ...
I find his voice very irritating, it just drones on......Have had several attempts at disc one and have just finished it - I'm building up to disc two - wish me luck!
Published 1 month ago by Sue Relton
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Bliss in first Session.
I received this CD yesterday & immediately opened and popped in CD1 of 2 disks. The first is purely an explanation of what mindfulness is and how it can benefit you. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very interesting book
Published 3 months ago by Linda Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wonderful beginning to understanding Mindfulness. Thank you.
Published 4 months ago by Miss Shirley Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Change
if you are thinking about changing your outlook in life this book works wonders. Listen to the CD enclosed and it helps one process thoughts and deal with personal issues. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ursula
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindfulness is a great way to help depression
Mindfulness is a great way to help depression, Love Jon Dabat-Zin read some of his publications, and seen talks online.
Published 6 months ago by Ms Helen J McCusker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great cd and speedy delivery
Published 6 months ago by jane
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I would recommend this book to everyone interested in mindfulness. It made me aware of how much time I am spending either in the past or future very rarely in the present.
Published 6 months ago by Isabel Leslie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very helpful in steps toward meditatiom
Published 7 months ago by C. Strong
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