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.
This is a good primer on the concept of mindfulness as a stress reduction tool. Is brief and concise enough to give you a basic understanding of what it is all about. You won't come away an expert or perhaps even at best, only a dabbler but it does a good enough job to make you want to learn more.
If every person of power in this world read this book there would be no more wars, there would be no more hatred or disagreements because people would be caring and know how to help not hurt. Wow, what a great way to be, now, in the moment, not tomorrow, not yesterday, not even 10 minutes ago, just in the now
Jon Kabat-Zinn explains how to begin to practice mindfulness and tells reasons why this practice is beneficial.
Currently I am listening to Jon's Mindfulness Pain Reduction. This is my favorite since I need knee replacements and pain is constant. I have been able to reduce my pain medication.
It is simple but not easy to place yourself at the viewer seat, but once you can experience this, you'll see more and easier alternatives for any situation / problem.
Whether you're dealing with acute stress, chronic pain, or simply feel like time is passing by so quickly, this book helps you to slow down and become more aware of your life and the people around you. Personally, it has helped me with my meditation by reminding me that being mindful is simple but not easy and that every emotion and sensation is not to be suppressed. I just finished the audible and will be playing it from the beginning again. I love his other book as well which I'm reading over and over again "Wherever You Go There You Are". This is your time and your life.
Kabat-Zinn states at the end of the book that meditation is just as important as eating to your overall wellness. Practical practices for living mindfully. Very much enjoyed this book. Thx JKZ.
Love that Jon Kabat - Zinn narrated this himself!
Jon's work in mindfulness is incredible and extremely powerful.
This book is great for beginners and those that would like a greater understanding of mindfulness.
I highly recommend it!