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

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

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by Jon Kabat-Zinn
     
 

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What if you could profoundly change your life just by becoming more mindful of your breathing? According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, you can. What if paying attention on purpose (and nonjudgmentally) could improve your health? Again, according to Dr. Kabat-Zinn—it can.

On Mindfulness for Beginners, this internationally known scientist, bestselling author, and

Overview

What if you could profoundly change your life just by becoming more mindful of your breathing? According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, you can. What if paying attention on purpose (and nonjudgmentally) could improve your health? Again, according to Dr. Kabat-Zinn—it can.

On Mindfulness for Beginners, this internationally known scientist, bestselling author, and teacher who brought mindfulness meditation into the mainstream of medicine and society gives you immediate access to a practice that can potentially add years to your life, and will certainly enhance the quality of your moments and your years.

Join Dr. Kabat-Zinn to:

  • Explore five guided meditations that lead you breath-by-breath into the essence of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a program offered in medical clinics and hospitals around the world
  • Cultivate the Seven Key Attitudinal Factors of MBSR—qualities of heart and mind that lay the foundation for mindfulness practice and for seeing and accepting things as they are as a first step to working wisely and compassionately with stress, pain, illness, and sorrow as well as life's joys and pleasures
  • Free yourself from limiting perspectives, and become more intimate with your own boundless awareness

You're already in the perfect moment for inhabiting this liberating awareness, which is always available, teaches Jon Kabat-Zinn. With Mindfulness for Beginners, he invites you to cultivate mindfulness as if your life depended on it, which it surely does, and experience the magnitude and beauty of who you already are.

Course objectives:

  • Apply an understanding of the concept of mindfulness
  • Utilize simple guided meditations led by Kabat-Zinn
  • List the ethical and attitudinal foundations necessary to cultivating mindfulness
  • Assess how we can choose where to focus our awareness
  • Plan to use mindfulness to help us develop compassion and insight into our true nature

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591794646
Publisher:
Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2006
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
2
Sales rank:
122,779
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 5.66(h) x 0.58(d)

What People are saying about this

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

Meet the Author

Featured in Bill Moyer's PBS Special Healing and the Mind, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. is executive director at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He is the founder and former director of the UMMC Stress Reduction Clinic and an associate professor of medicine in the division of preventive and behavioral medicine. Using mindfulness meditation, Kabat-Zinn works to help people reduce stress and deal with chronic pain, and a variety of illnesses, particularly breast cancer. He was a trainer for the 1984 U.S. Men's Olympic Rowing Team and is especially interested in reducing the stress-related problems in the inner city and in prison populations. Kabat-Zinn's books include: Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness (1991); Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (1994) and Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting (1997), which was co-authored with his wife, Myla.

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Mindfulness for Beginners 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
pdmstrong More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
rn1999 More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot be viewed on the iPad version of the Nook app. Call 1-800-THE-BOOK for a refund.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book now doesn't open at all in Nook. B&N customer service makes you go through a troubleshooting process before finally agreeing to refund the order.
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There is no audio which is the reason I purchased this book! extremely unhappy
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Becdow More than 1 year ago
I would love to rate this book but won't open on my nook,iPad or iPhone. So my money was wasted.
DWTDT More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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