Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness

Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness

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by Jon Kabat-Zinn
     
 

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Now in paperback, the guide to living a meaningful life from the world stress expert

"[The] journey toward health and sanity is nothing less than an invitation to wake up to the fullness of our lives as if they actually mattered . . ." —Jon Kabat-Zinn, from the Introduction

Ten years ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn changed the way we thought about

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Now in paperback, the guide to living a meaningful life from the world stress expert

"[The] journey toward health and sanity is nothing less than an invitation to wake up to the fullness of our lives as if they actually mattered . . ." —Jon Kabat-Zinn, from the Introduction

Ten years ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn changed the way we thought about awareness in everyday life with his now-classic introduction to mindfulness, Wherever You Go, There You Are. Now, with Coming to Our Senses, he provides the definitive book for our time on the connection between mindfulness and our physical and spiritual wellbeing. With scientific rigor, poetic deftness, and compelling personal stories, Jon Kabat-Zinn examines the mysteries and marvels of our minds and bodies, describing simple, intuitive ways in which we can come to a deeper understanding, through our senses, of our beauty, our genius, and our life path in a complicated, fear-driven, and rapidly changing world.

In each of the book's eight parts, Jon Kabat-Zinn explores another facet of the great adventure of healing ourselves—and our world—through mindful awareness, with a focus on the "sensescapes" of our lives and how a more intentional awareness of the senses, including the human mind itself, allows us to live more fully and more authentically. By "coming to our senses"—both literally and metaphorically by opening to our innate connectedness with the world around us and within us—we can become more compassionate, more embodied, more aware human beings, and in the process, contribute to the healing of the body politic as well as our own lives in ways both little and big.

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Publisher's Weekly
A passionate tour de force that blends personal experience with cutting-edge science, poetry, and insights culled from many traditions.
Publishers Weekly
"For any of us, perhaps our greatest potential regret may be that of not seizing the moment and honoring it for what it is when it is here," writes bestselling author Kabat-Zinn (Full Catastrophe Living; Wherever You Go, There You Are; etc.). The scientist who pioneered the use of the Buddhist technique of mindfulness (or moment-by-moment awareness) to help patients cope with the stress and pain of illness arrived at this poignant lesson after seeing the way his father, an eminent immunologist who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, lost all sense of who he was and what was happening to him. In a passionate tour de force that blends personal experience with cutting-edge science (his own and others'), poetry and insights culled from many traditions, Kabat-Zinn sets out to awaken us to the true potential and value of a gift that most of us take for granted: sentience. Our lack of awareness of our impact on the rest of the world amounts to "a kind of auto-immune disease of the earth." Borrowing an analogy made by the neuroscientist Francisco Varela, Kabat-Zinn compares the way our immune system senses the whole of our bodily self to our potential for a mindful awareness. That is, the practice of cultivating this conscious, heightened sentience leads to the realization of our wholeness, as we begin to realize that we don't live just within the envelope of our own senses, sensations and thoughts but within the whole of all that is. Kabat-Zinn illuminates the many facets of this selfless way of being, not just with Buddhist understanding and verse but with quotes from Einstein ("A human being is a part of the whole, called by us 'Universe' "), Dickinson, Rilke and many other Western greats. Ardent, personal, frankly opinionated in places, this book seeks to wake up as individuals and as a culture. It is a treasure trove of contemporary wisdom. Author tour. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786886548
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
01/18/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
656
Sales rank:
111,968
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder and former director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He also travels across the country teaching workshops on stress reduction and mindfulness. He lives with his family in Lexington, MA.

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Coming to Our Senses 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
purelanded More than 1 year ago
great, highly recommended wonderful way to achieve peace
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Kabat-Zinn as always issues the challenge to be mindful and to be in the present with full awareness to your surroundings because in this digital manic world we get lost in so many places but rarely do we get lost in ourself. Take the time to meditate and to be within oneself so that the life experience can be something that perhaps we all have been missing. Not for the feint of heart. Mindfulness brings us back to a place that perhaps we haven't been for a while...inside ourself.
SteveInDC More than 1 year ago
A great idea that desperately needs a great editor. This is a work clearly intended to be a magnum opus on mindfulness, and it has many important points. Unfortunately, they are lost in a messily organized and frustratingly poorly written text. The editor, if there was one, did Mr. Kabat-Zinn a great disservice. And it is a pity, too. He is clearly passionate and informed - and when on television, impressively eloquent. Here, though, his ideas are too bogged down in poorly structured sentences. This is an immensely important book that is done in by immensely bad editing.
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