The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditation Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life [NOOK Book]


A growing body of scientific research indicates that mindfulness can reduce stress and improve mental and physical health. Countless people who have tried it say it's improved their quality of life. Simply put, mindfulness is the practice of paying steady and full attention, without judgment or criticism, ...

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A growing body of scientific research indicates that mindfulness can reduce stress and improve mental and physical health. Countless people who have tried it say it's improved their quality of life. Simply put, mindfulness is the practice of paying steady and full attention, without judgment or criticism, to our moment-to-moment experience. Here is a collection of the best writing on what mindfulness is, why we should practice it, and how to apply it in daily life, from leading figures in the field.

Selections include:

  • Leading thinking Jon Kabat-Zinn on the essence of mindfulness, stress reduction, and positive change

  • Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on the transformative power of mindful breathing

  • Professor of psychiatry Daniel Siegel, MD, on how mindfulness benefits the brain

  • Physician and meditation teacher Jan Chozen Bays, MD, on how and why to practice mindful eating

  • Pioneering psychologist Ellen Langer on how mindfulness can change the understanding and treatment of disease

  • Leadership coach Michael Carroll on practicing mindfulness at work

  • Psychologist Daniel Goleman on a mindful approach to shopping and consuming

  • Pianist Madeline Bruser on how mindfulness can help us overcome performance anxiety
  • and much more

The Mindfulness Revolution also includes an in-depth discussion by writer-editor Barry Boyce about how mindfulness is being applied in a variety of professional fields—from health care to education, from performing arts to business—to improve effectiveness and enhance well-being.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mindfulness, in both its Buddhist and secular forms, is becoming increasingly familiar to a broad range of Americans. This essay collection describes mindful attention and how it can be applied to such diverse aspects of life as parenting, trauma recovery, money, illness, relationships, and the like. The contributors bring their considerable knowledge and skills to bear on the task of helping others and themselves. The book acknowledges the influence of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction method pioneered at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center by Jon Kabat-Zinn, who has provided two essays; other writers include an unsurprising lineup of notables: Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Pema Chödrön, Matthieu Ricard, Norman Fischer, Dzogchen Ponlop, Thich Nhat Hanh, Daniel Goleman, and the Dalai Lama. Of particular note are Karen Maezen Miller's meditation on housework, Sue Moon's graceful acceptance of senior moments, and Bob Howard's close attention to soil. Simple practices for the reader are included. While the definitions of mindfulness grow repetitive, these clearly written essays taken together form a solid introduction to a now mainstream approach to personal change. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834827394
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Series: Shambhala Publications
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 351,070
  • File size: 432 KB

Meet the Author

Barry Boyce is senior editor and staff writer for the Shambhala Sun magazine and editor of the website He is the coauthor of The Rules of Victory: How to Transform Chaos and Conflict—Strategies from the Art of War, and he is the editor of In the Face of Fear: Buddhist Wisdom for Challenging Times.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Anyone Can Do It, and It Changes Everything xi

Part 1 How to Practice Mindfulness

What Is Mindfulness? Jan Chozen Bays 3

A Receptive, Respectful Awareness Jack Kornfield 7

Is Mindfulness for You? Susan Smalley Diana Winston 11

Here, Now, Aware Joseph Goldstein 21

Mindfulness Meditation Instructions Bob Stahl Elisha Goldstein 28

Mindfulness FAQ Jeff Brantley 38

Mindfulness and Awareness Chögyam Trungpa 46

Mindfulness for Everyone Norman Fischer 49

Why Mindfulness Matters Jon Kabat-Zinn 57

Part 2 Mindfulness in Daily Life

Mindfulness Makes Us Happy Thich Nhat Hanh 65

Do Dishes, Rake Leaves Karen Maezen Miller 68

Wild Raspberries Bob Howard 73

Let Your Passion Cook Edward Espe Brown 79

Digital Mindfulness Steve Silberman 84

Your Mind and Your Money Kristi Nelson 91

At Work, Be a Don't-Know-It-All Michael Carroll 97

Mindfulness, Photography, and Living an Artistic Life Andy Karr Michael Wood 101

Making Music Madeline Bruser 106

Senior Moment, Wonderful Moment Sue Moon 113

Part 3 Mindfulness, Health, and Healing

Paying Attention to Our Own Mind and Body Ellen Langer 119

This Is Your Brain on Mindfulness Matthieu Ricard 127

The Proven Benefits of Mindfulness Daniel Siegel 136

Living Well With Chronic Pain Vidyamala Burch 140

Sickness Is Like the Weather Toni Bernhard 149

Healing Trauma Claude Anshin Thomas 153

Mindfulness and Addiction Recovery Lawrence Peltz 159

Mindfully Shy Steve Flowers 166

Mindful Eating Jan Chozen Bays 177

Caring for the Wounded Places Saki F. Santorelli 185

Part 4 Interpersonal Mindfulness

The Great Mirror of Relationship Dzogchen Ponlop 193

The Natural Warmth of the Heart Pema Chödrön 196

From Me to Us Ronald D. Siegel 202

Are You Listening? David Rome Hope Martin 211

Stop, Go, Wait Susan Chapman 219

Parenting with Mindful Awareness Myla Jon Kabat-Zinn 227

Mindfulness for Children Susan Kaiser Greenland 236

A Mindful Consumer Can Help Change the World Daniel Goleman 242

Taking Responsibility for the World's Well-Being The Fourteenth Dalai Lama 248

Creating a Mindful Society Barry Boyce 252

Resources 265

Contributors 271

Credits 280 285

About the Shambhala Sun 286

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