Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Reclaiming the Present Moment--and Your Life

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We may long for wholeness, suggests Jon Kabat-Zinn, but the truth is that it is already here and already ours. The practice of mindfulness holds the possibility of not just a fleeting sense of contentment, but a true embracing of a deeper unity that envelops and permeates our lives. With Mindfulness for Beginners you are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel, love, work, and play—and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are.

Here, the teacher, scientist, and clinician who first demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness within mainstream Western medicine offers a book that you can use in three unique ways: as a collection of reflections and practices to be opened and explored at random; as an illuminating and engaging start-to-finish read; or as an unfolding “lesson- a-day” primer on mindfulness practice.

Beginning and advanced meditators alike will discover in these pages a valuable distillation of the key attitudes and essential practices that Jon Kabat-Zinn has found most useful with his students, including:

* Why heartfulness is synonymous with true mindfulness

* The value of coming back to our bodies and to our senses over and over again

* How our thoughts “self-liberate” when touched by awareness

* Moving beyond our “story” into direct experience

* Stabilizing our attention and presence amidst daily activities

* The three poisons that cause suffering—and their antidotes

* How mindfulness heals, even after the fact

*Reclaiming our wholeness, and more

The prescription for living a more mindful life seems simple enough: return your awareness again and again to whatever is going on. But if you’ve tried it, you know that here is where all the questions and challenges really begin. Mindfulness for Beginners provides welcome answers, insights, and instruction to help us make that shift, moment by moment, into a more spacious, clear, reliable, and loving connection with ourselves and the world.


About Jon Kabat-Zinn

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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.
Published January 1, 2012 by Sounds True. 120 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Portland Book Review

Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the pioneers of mindfulness meditation and his book Wherever You Go There You Are is one of the best introductions available to the practice.

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The Huntsville Times

But paying close attention to the life in front of us each moment — and sustaining that attention — has become almost countercultural.

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