Meditation Is Not What You Think: Mindfulness and Why It Is So Important

Meditation Is Not What You Think: Mindfulness and Why It Is So Important

by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD


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Welcome to a master class in mindfulness.

Jon Kabat-Zinn is regarded as "one of the finest teachers of mindfulness you'll ever encounter" (Jack Kornfield). He has been teaching the tangible benefits of meditation in the mainstream for decades. Today, millions of people around the world have taken up a formal mindfulness meditation practice as part of their everyday lives. But what is meditation anyway? And why might it be worth trying? Or nurturing further if you already have practice?

Meditation Is Not What You Think answers those questions. Originally published in 2005 as part of a larger book entitled Coming to Our Senses, it has been updated with a new foreword by the author and is even more relevant today. If you're curious as to why meditation is not for the "faint-hearted," how taking some time each day to drop into awareness can actually be a radical act of love, and why paying attention is so supremely important, consider this book an invitation to learn more—from one of the pioneers of the worldwide mindfulness movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316411745
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 109,633
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is professor of medicine emeritus and the founder of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has written numerous bestselling books including Full Catastrophe Living; Wherever You Go, There You Are; and Mindfulness for Beginners, and is coauthor, with his wife Myla, of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting.

Table of Contents

New Foreword Jon Kabat-Zinn ix


The Challenge of a Life's Time-and a Lifetime xxiii

Part 1 Meditation: It's Not What You Think 1

Meditation Is Not for the Faint-Hearted 3

Witnessing Hippocratic Integrity 13

Meditation Is Everywhere 16

Original Moments 22

Odysseus and the Blind Seer 26

No Attachments 35

The Origin of Shoes: A Tale 39

Meditation-It's Not What You Think 43

Two Ways to Think about Meditation 49

Why Even Bother? The Importance of Motivation 54

Aiming and Sustaining 61

Presence 65

A Radical Act of Love 70

Awareness and Freedom 73

On Lineage and the Uses and Limitations of Scaffolding 78

Ethics and Karma 87

Mindfulness 93

Part 2 The Power of Attention and the Dis-Ease of the World 99

Why Paying Attention Is So Supremely Important 101

Dis-Ease 109

Dukkha 112

Dukkha Magnets 115

Dharma 119

The Stress Reduction Clinic and MBSR 125

A.D.D. Nation 129

24/7 Connectivity 138

Continual Partial Attention 144

The "Sense" of Time Passing 149

Awareness Has No Center and No Periphery 155

Emptiness 160

Acknowledgments 173

Related Readings 177

Credits and Permissions 182

Index 187

About the Author 194

Guided Mindfulness Meditations with Jon Kabat-Zinn 196

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