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136 of 141 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 1998
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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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 1997
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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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 1999
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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88 of 97 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2002
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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2010
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2011
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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36 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 1998
Full Catastrophe Living has been recommended as a timely and well-written guide deserving our highest rating. We only select winning books based on sound and healthy advice. This one not only meets those criteria, it offers readers valuable information and guidance they will find both useful and easy to follow. A Health News Network "best buy."
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on 4 November 2013
I'm so glad I bought this book. It is completely packed with detailed information. The best book on miondfulness I've found. Well worth reading.
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on 13 March 2014
Brilliant book everyone should read it / listen to it. Accessible from amazon. A classic to last a life time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2015
This was recommended to me by someone whose recommendations will henceforth be taken with a pinch of salt.
Kabat-Zinn is well up himself - most of this CD is used to hard-sell his other products.
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