This book explains the need for and benefits of mindfulness and outlines the sorts of activities Kabat-Zinn recommends to cultivate mindfulness clearly and compassionately. I was disappointed, however, to discover that it does not include the specific meditations or yoga practices he recommends; it describes them, but does not walk you through them in detail. If you want to listen to recordings that tell you what to concentrate on when doing a body scan or what yoga moves to do, you must buy additional tapes or CDs. I assumed that an audiobook read by the author recommending yoga and meditation practices would include the instructions needed to carry out those practices, but I was wrong.
Narrative makes the world go round.
As a previous reviewer pointed out, Kabat Zinn's guided body scan and yoga routines are not part of this download, but the present audiobook is still very valuable. The routines are similar to those in other Kabat Zinn programs avaiable on Audible and elsewhere. Any body scan/yoga nidra meditation and MINDFUL gentle yoga routine could be substituted.
If you've read other of Kabat Zinn's books, there is not too much new here, but it was his first and is worth the download. I read the much longer text version about ten years ago, and it helped changed my approach to life (and I don't make that claim for more than a couple of books!) I'm at a point where I need to tune in again to the wisdom contained in Kabat Zinn's writings, so I was elated to find this abridgement of "Full Catatrophe" to use as a starting point. Instead of meditations themselves, it is the why and how of adopting a program. His approach derives from his long time Buddhist background but is research based, with years of clinical success. His voice itself is a stress reduction experience!
If you are not sure you want to try his approach - check out some of his full lenth sessions on U-Tube given to Google employees. If you had to listen/read only one author on the Mind Body connection, I'd recommend Jon Kabat Zinn over any other medical, complementary medical or new age guru. He's the real thing, with a long track record of leading diverse people to greater wellnesss in mind, body, and spirit. If you're not sold on this title, check out his other Audible audiobooks.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.
Sometimes we gotta listen to something like that: soothing, motivational, relaxing, healthy. Better, we gotta listen to it on a regular basis. The book focus on concentrating in the moment, instead of thinking about the past or wondering about the future. We have to listen to our body, learn how to breathe, being fully there.
Jon Kabat-Zinn has a penetrating voice that convinced me to practice mindfulness.
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Buy the book instead - don't waste your money on an incomplete product. The entire book talks about this powerful 8-week mindfulness program designed by Kabat-Zinn, and the wonderful clinic where people come to practice. The attendees are given audio recordings, which they use to meditate 45-60 minutes/day for 6 days a week for 8 weeks. In fact, Kabat-Zinn says in this very audiobook recording - 'refer to such and such meditation on CDs 2 and 4'.
Buyer beware - this audiobook purchase does NOT come with the all-important guided meditation audio. Clearly, it's supposed to. The entire book is designed around the 8-week program. But somehow, the production of the audiobook failed to include the heart and soul of this whole thing. Very disappointing. I wish I had known! I would have just bought the book.
I have been reading this book on a loop for the past two weeks. It is not a book to read. It is a book to absorb. It needs to sipped into the texture of one's life. I found it to be the case for all I have read by Jone Kabat-Zinn so far. The "Eastern" elements can be disorienting at times as they appear to contradict all we were taught about the American way of life--striving in particular. And try "non-judging" for size. But with each new reading, the "Western" resilience breaks down a bit more. The book will not make a Buddhist out of the reader. Or if it does, it was not JKZ's intent. But it will make you feel more alive. Just listen. And really pay attention to the words.
It is an excellent primer for mindfulness training. Dr. Cabot-Zinn presents the work in a straightforward way that is thoughtful, compassionate, and, most importantly for this reader, woo-free. In other words, Cabot-Zinn does not engage in inducing or inculcating unvalidatible principles into the work, such as references to gods, mystical forces, etc. Those elements are present in many other books on Audible, despite some of them being presented as training manuals for professionals.
This is the book to get if you are interested in understanding/developing mindfulness either for yourself or as an adjunct to treatment for psychotherapy clients. It appears to proceed from the unspoken tenant that mindfulness development can and should be based in scientifically-based principles and not from culturally-based, illogical, and oppressive principles rooted in fad, fashion, and feel-good fantasy.
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Kabat-Zinn is a good, smart and funny guide into the world of mindfulness. I strongly recommend his book to everyone who feel the need for some stress-reduction in their everyday life.
the fact that it is an audio book makes it better because you can practice while you listen.
If you have any form of emotional or stress related problem or have a family member who is going through such troubles, this is a must. If you just want to teach your self to keep your calm under most circumstances in this crazy world, it is also very helpful.
the beginning of a profound change in my mind and life.... thankful to have found this book... it addresses the very issues that I have been battling but with a simple solution that I never would have imagined .