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.
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.
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.
If you want to learn more about how to cope with stress via meditation then this is a good book for you. The book was written for people who have never practiced mindfulness and meditation before. It is not for people looking for a “quick fix” for their daily problems. The techniques taught by Dr. Kabat-Zinn are intended to be practiced everyday and eventually you will improve your ability to cope through relaxation techniques.
I have danced with meditation for years...on and off. Mostly off. So this book comes as a welcome milestone in my experience. I have a far better understanding of and have received excellent instruction through this reading. More than I have learned from myriad sources in the past. I now experience a consistent, daily practice. Thank you, JKZ!
The most comprehensive and accessible practical guide to mindful living I have ever read. Extremely intelligent, warm-hearted, and deeply human view, acknowledging the beauty of our imperfections and opening doorways to change. Loved every page of it and now using a lot of practical exercises offered in the book on a daily basis.