Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

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Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Stress. It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us: sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this groundbreaking book shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit. By using the practices described within, you can learn to manage chronic pain resulting from illness and/or stress related disorders…discover the roles that anger and tension play in heart disease… reduce anxiety and feelings of panic…improve overall quality of life and relationships through mindfulness meditation and mindful yoga. More timely than ever before, Full Catastrophe Living is a book for the young and the old, the well, the ill, and anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in today’s world.

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ISBN-13: 9780385303125
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1990
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.11(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, and founder (in 1979) and former director of its world-renowned Stress Reduction Clinic. His work has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions in our society such as medicine, health care and hospitals, schools, corporations, prisons, and professional sports. In addition to Full Catastrophe Living, Kabat-Zinn's books include Wherever You Go, There You Are and Everyday Blessings. They have been translated into over fifteen foriegn languages, including German, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, French, Spanish, Russian, Portugese, Hebrew and Korean. His series of Mindfulness Meditation Practice tapes were created to be used in conjunction with Full Catastrophe Living and Wherever You Go. Dr. Kabat-Zinn lives in Lexington, Massachussets.

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Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great resource for people who suffer from any type of chronic (long-term) health problems. It is based on the author's experience with thousands of people who have participated in a course called the Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program at the Univ. of Massachusetts Medical Center. "Full Catastrophe Living" is intended to be that program rolled up into a book. The book's tool is mindfulness meditation- a form of meditation originally developed in the Buddhist traditions- defined as a moment-to-moment awareness. Through mindful meditation, one can gain new kinds of control and wisdom in their lives. The book is very "hands on", so don't expect to just read it and be done with it. For example, you'll be doing things such breathing exercises or yoga postures (I can also recommend "Exercise Beats Depression" as another good resource for those struggling with depression). Since the mind plays a factor in stress-related disorders, and very undertreated in Western medicine, I feel like this book will fill a much needed niche for many people. With over five-hundred pages, there's plenty of wisdom here to suck up.
topcatt More than 1 year ago
While being treating at the Mayo Clinic, the doctors were scratching their heads and thinking that the only way to control the pain I was experiencing was through radical treatment. One option was to implant an electrode deep inside my brain. Although they weren't sure why it helped some people with similar pain to mine, they just knew it did. One of the doctors recommended I read "Full Catastrophe Living" while thinking about whether or not to let them open up my skull for the implant. I read the book and took the workshop, as outlined in the book, on my own. After two weeks, I was obtaining relief from my pain, and I was able to stop increasing the pain meds I was on. After the forth week, I was able to actually reduce the number of meds, and after the sixth week, I eliminated four of the ten types of medications I had been prescribed and taking for over a year. It has now been two years since reading this life changing book, and I am happy to say, it has truly given me a new lease on life and how to deal with the pain I have. I only wish I had taken the MBSR workshop earlier in my life. Having worked in a very stressful position for years, I sure could have used the information contain in this book to deal with the stress and pressure in a much more natural way. Whether you are under a lot of stress, or whether you have a high level of pain, this book will most definitely change your life. It will take dedicating 45 minutes per day throughout the workshop and beyond. But those 45 minutes will be the best investment you have ever done. Believe me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best self help books I've read! Not only do I battle with illness, but as a result, I developed an anxiety/panic disorder. This book helped me in more ways than I even imagined, not only did it help me deal with the stress of my illness, but it also helped me with my anxiety disorder. I can go on about this book, but for anyone who is dealing with health issues, any health issues from stress to cancer this book can help you, it teaches you how to take control of your mind and teaches you how to deal with any stresses in your life. I've let people read a chapter or two out of this book and after only reading one or two chapters they run out and get the book, it's that good! Such a small price to pay for your sanity and peace of mind.
Eber More than 1 year ago
Although I am not finished with it yet, I have found it to be well structured, moderately easy to read, and very helpful in my own journey of self discovery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I have been using this book in dealing with the stress of having two special needs children. I have also passed this book on to writer and artist friends of mine who suffer the stress of deadlines and artistic 'block.' I also highly recommend 'Open Your Mind, Open Your Life' by Taro Gold. I use both of these books for stress reduction in my life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jon Kabat-Zinn helps even the most distressed of us learn about self-healing and self-nuturing. I am a physician and I recommend this to ALL of my chronic pain/depressed/anxious patients, and it has dramatically changed many of their lives.
clkwa More than 1 year ago
I would recommend that you pass on this book. I do not know if I had read the paper copy of the book that it would have made any difference. I will be moving this archive and trash!
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love2learnDT More than 1 year ago
This is a life-changing book. I picked this up and started reading it after having listened to Dr. Kabat-Zinn's meditation CDs that are described in the book. Stress, anxiety, and pain are so prevalent in our society, but even if one doesn't have a chronic or debilitating illness, the mindfulness training is extremely beneficial for those who want to lead an awakened life. Readers will come to understand the basis for the practices that are outlined and find hope for relief from suffering in the stories of those who have participated in the stress reduction clinic. Though I confess that I haven't yet fully implemented the book's recommendations into my daily routine, I began to feel more centered and connected as my reading progressed and I will commit to the program because I know that it works. I have begun purchasing copies for friends and family members and I recommend it to anyone who indicates a willingness to learn to live moment to moment.
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