Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment--and Your Life

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Includes a complete CD with five guided mindfulness meditations by Jon Kabat-Zinn, selected from the audio program that inspired this book.

Contents

Part I Entering

Beginner’s Mind
The Breath
Who Is Breathing?
The Hardest Work in the World
Taking Care of This Moment
Mindfulness Is Awareness
Doing Mode and Being Mode
A Grounding in Science
Mindfulness is Universal
Wakefulness
Stabilizing and Calibrating Your Instrument
Inhabiting Awareness Is the Essence of Practice
The Beauty of Discipline
Adjusting Your Default Setting
Awareness: Our Only Capacity Robust Enough to Balance Thinking
Attention and Awareness Are Trainable Skills
Nothing Wrong with Thinking
Befriending Our Thinking
Images of Your Mind That Might Be Useful
Not Taking Our Thoughts Personally
Selfing
Our Love Affair with Personal Pronouns—Especially I, Me, and Mine
Awareness Is a Big Container
The Objects of Attention Are Not as Important as the Attending Itself

Part II: Sustaining

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
A World-Wide Phenomenon
An Affectionate Attention
Mindfulness Brought to All the Senses
Proprioception and Interoception
The Unity of Awareness
The Knowing Is Awareness
Life Itself Becomes the Meditation Practice
You Already Belong
Right Beneath Our Noses
Mindfulness is Not Merely a Good Idea
To Come Back in Touch
Who Am I? Questioning Our Own Narrative
You Are More Than Any Narrative
You Are Never Not Whole
Paying Attention in a Different Way
Not Knowing
The Prepared Mind
What Is Yours to See?

Part III: Deepening

No Place to Go, Nothing to Do
The Doing That Comes Out of Being
To Act Appropriately
If You Are Aware of What Is Happening, You Are Doing It Right
Non-Judging Is an Act of Intelligence and Kindness
You Can Only Be Yourself—Thank Goodness!
Embodied Knowing
Feeling Joy for Others
The Full Catastrophe
Is My Awareness of Suffering Suffering?
What Does Liberation from Suffering Mean?
Hell Realms
Liberation Is in the Practice Itself
The Beauty of the Mind That Knows Itself
Taking Care of Your Meditation Practice
Energy Conservation in Meditation Practice
An Attitude of Non-Harming
Greed: The Cascade of Dissatisfactions
Aversion: The Flip Side of Greed
Delusion and the Trap of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
Now Is Always the Right Time
The “Curriculum” is “Just This”
Giving Your Life Back to Yourself
Bringing Mindfulness Further Into the World

Part IV: Ripening

The Attitudinal Foundations of Mindfulness Practice
Non-Judging
Patience
Beginner’s Mind
Trust
Non-Striving
Acceptance
Letting Go

Part V: Practicing

Getting Started with Formal Practice
Mindfulness of Eating
Mindfulness of Breathing
Mindfulness of the Body as a Whole
Mindfulness of Sounds, Thoughts, and Emotions
Mindfulness as Pure Awareness

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the finest teachers of mindfulness you will ever encounter.”

—JACK KORNFIELD Author of A Path with Heart

“Jon Kabat-Zinn provides access to the essence of meditation and its applications for both the beginner and those who wish to deepen and expand their practice.
He embodies what he describes.”

—DEAN ORNISH, MD

Library Journal
In his latest book, Kabat-Zinn (founder, Stress Reduction Clinic & Ctr. for Mindfulness, Univ. of Massachusetts Medical Sch.) simplifies the approach to mindfulness he presented in his notable Wherever You Go, There You Are and makes it more inviting for beginners. He provides mindfulness teachings and over 40 practices for those interested in meditating to reduce stress, re-energize the body, clear the mind, and bring compassionate attention to situations and relationships. Kabat-Zinn thoroughly discusses the how-tos of mindfulness and offers several guided meditations with an accompanying CD (not heard by this reviewer). The brief, straightforward chapters make this book a valuable entry point for meditation novices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604076585
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2011
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 61,586
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, 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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  • Posted March 12, 2010

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    A great introduction to mindfulness

    Mindfulness has remarkable transformational and healing powers and Jon does a remarkable job in presenting mindfulness to us in a practical and down to earth way.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    Book is wonderful. However, the reason I purchased ebook was fo

    Book is wonderful. However, the reason I purchased ebook was for the audio meditation practices on the "enhanced ebook "I am unable to get any sound , so sadly disappointed. -Iguess will buy hardcover w/ CD

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Where is the enhanced audio?

    Fully up to date Nook Color, but for life of me I cannot figure out how play the audio. The enhanced parts of the book do not contain any player controls.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Jon Kabat-Zinn is marvellous, but the audio is non-functional

    This product is defective. The audio is non-functional. Barnes and Noble tech support does not deal with this problem. Buy hard copy instead of ebook.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    I wouldn't recommend this book to begginers. Even better to say,

    I wouldn't recommend this book to begginers. Even better to say, if begginers don't want to spoil their opinion about spirituality they don't need to read this book. They could read a crossing or the drop's history by Anatoliy Obraztsov. I think for begginers this is a perfect alternative.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Cannot be viewed on the iPad version of the Nook app. Call 1-800

    Cannot be viewed on the iPad version of the Nook app. Call 1-800-THE-BOOK for a refund.

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    Ebook on Nook Color is a FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!

    I would like to enjoy the book: FAIL. The audio does not work. I went to my local Barnes and Noble store. A very nice assistant manager tried all he could to help. He FAILED. He said B & N would send me an email on how to fix the problem. FAIL. I bought the Nook because of local tech support. FAIL. As a result I am upset and no longer recommending the Nook to anyone. My Nexus 7 is far better. B&N is likely to go the way of Best Buy.

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    Posted June 9, 2012

    There is no audio which is the reason I purchased this book! ext

    There is no audio which is the reason I purchased this book! extremely unhappy

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