Mindfulness for All: The Wisdom to Transform the World

Mindfulness for All: The Wisdom to Transform the World

by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD
Mindfulness for All: The Wisdom to Transform the World

Mindfulness for All: The Wisdom to Transform the World

by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD


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More than twenty years ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn changed the way we thought about awareness in everyday life with his now-classic introduction to mindfulness, Wherever You Go, There You Are. He followed that up with 2005's Coming to Our Senses, the definitive book for our time on the connection between mindfulness and our well-being on every level, physical, cognitive, emotional, social, planetary, and spiritual.

Now, Coming to Our Senses is being repackaged into 4 smaller books, each focusing on a different aspect of mindfulness, and each with a new foreword written by the author. In the fourth of these books, Mindfulness for All (which was originally published as Part VII and Part VIII of Coming to Our Senses), Kabat-Zinn focuses on how mindfulness really can be a tool to transform the world—explaining how democracy thrives in a mindful context, and why mindfulness is a vital tool for both personal and global understanding and action in these tumultuous times. By "coming to our senses"—both literally and metaphorically—we can become more compassionate, more embodied, more aware human beings, and in the process, contribute to the healing of the body politic as well as our own lives in ways both little and big.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316411776
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 660,407
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founding director of its renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in various venues around the world. He received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from MIT in 1971 in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Salvador Luria.

His work in the Stress Reduction Clinic was featured in Bill Moyers' PBS Special, "Healing and the Mind" and in the book of the same title, as well as on Good Morning America, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and Oprah's Super Soul Sunday, as well as NPR. he has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions such as medicine, and psychology, health care and hospitals, schools, corporations, the legal profession, prisons, and professional sports.

He is the author of numerous bestselling books about mindfulness and meditation: Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness; Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life; Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness; and Arriving at Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness. He is also co-author, with his wife Myla, of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting; and with Williams, Teasdale, and Segal, of The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness Overall, his books have been translated into over 30 languages.

Table of Contents

New Foreword Jon Kabat-Zinn ix

Part 1 Healing the Body Politic 1

Healing the Body Politic 3

"I Read the News Today, Oh Boy" 19

Reminding Myself That Self-Righteousness Is Not Helpful 32

Politics Not as Usual in the Twenty-First Century 39

Lessons from Medicine 51

The Taming Power of the Small 64

Mindfulness and Democracy 68

Talking Vietnam Meditation Blues-A Snapshot from the Past, or Is It the Present? And the Future? 73

Wag the Dog 81

"I Don't Know What I Would Have Done Without My Practice!" 85

The Suspension of Distraction 89

Moments of Silence 93

The Ascendancy of the Mindful 96

Part 2 Let the Beauty We Love Be What We Do 101

Different Ways of Knowing Make Us Wiser 103

On the Doorstep: Karma Meets Dharma-A Quantum Leap for Homo Sapiens Sapiens 112

Reflections on the Nature of Nature and Where We Fit In 120

Hidden Dimensions Unfurled 127

Keeping Things in Perspective 129

Acknowledgments 135

Related Readings 139

Credits and Permissions 149

Index 154

About the Author 160

Guided Mindfulness Meditation Practices with Jon Kabat-Zinn 162

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