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Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness | [Jon Kabat-Zinn]

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us - sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's renowned mindfulness-based stress-reduction program, this groundbreaking audiobook shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit.
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Publisher's Summary

It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us - sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's renowned mindfulness-based stress-reduction program, this groundbreaking audiobook shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit.

By using the practices described within, you can learn to manage chronic pain resulting from illness and/or stress-related disorders, discover the roles that anger and tension play in heart disease, reduce anxiety and feelings of panic, and improve overall quality of life and relationships through mindfulness meditation and mindful yoga. More timely than ever before, Full Catastrophe Living is a book for the young and the old, the well, the ill, and anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in today's world.

©2007 Jon Kabat-Zinn; (P)2007 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A practical guide not only to mindfulness meditation and healing, but daily life." (Joseph Goldstein, author of One Dharma)
"Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn eloquently explains the power of paying attention and increasing awareness. I strongly recommend this book for everyone who wants to begin healing [to] their life." (Dean Ornish, M.D.)

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    Anna Dresner Pittsburg, KS 01-22-08
    Anna Dresner Pittsburg, KS 01-22-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Nice Introduction, but the Heart of it is Missing"

    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.

    44 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-07-08
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-07-08 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    ""Secular" Buddhism for greater wellness"

    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.

    37 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Forest Hills, NY, United States 10-13-11
    Marie Forest Hills, NY, United States 10-13-11 Member Since 2009
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    "To be... and only to be."

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Imarim Paramaribo, Suriname 12-15-12
    Imarim Paramaribo, Suriname 12-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "very helpful - an excellent book"
    What did you love best about Full Catastrophe Living?

    the fact that it is an audio book makes it better because you can practice while you listen.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sigrun Stavanger, Norway 07-02-12
    sigrun Stavanger, Norway 07-02-12 Member Since 2012

    reader & writer

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    "A new beginning"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dwight D Panozzo Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey United States 01-14-13
    Dwight D Panozzo Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Woo-Free Mindfulness Education"
    What did you love best about Full Catastrophe Living?

    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.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 03-13-14
    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 03-13-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Enough to wet your appetite"
    What did you love best about Full Catastrophe Living?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Louisville, Ky, United States 08-31-12
    Amazon Customer Louisville, Ky, United States 08-31-12
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    "Jon Kabat-Zinn is superb."
    If you could sum up Full Catastrophe Living in three words, what would they be?

    Jon Kabat-Zinn explains how to begin to practice mindfulness and tells reasons why this practice is beneficial.


    Have you listened to any of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Denise WESTFIELD, MA, United States 10-25-10
    Denise WESTFIELD, MA, United States 10-25-10 Member Since 2010

    I'm in the Lyme light now !

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    "Read and live at peace this will show you how to d"

    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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lukasz Dublin, Ireland 11-27-13
    Lukasz Dublin, Ireland 11-27-13
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    "My first audiobook"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I would definitely recommend it to my friend. That was first audio book that I bought as I have some sentiment to paper books. Nevertheless, I enjoyed Jon Kabat-Zinn voice his thoughts and examples were very helpful in understanding the essence of mindfulness. Great thanks to all people that were involved in creating this book. I am starting my mindful journey now..


    What did you like best about this story?

    simplicity and accuracy.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    moment to moment awareness :)


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  • Stair
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    "Clear, useful and well read"

    I have come across the author before during a course on stress management and decided to download this audio book. It is read by the author and he has a very pleasant easy-going voice and a great deal of experience in presenting this type of material. The result is that he gets the information across well.
    As the concepts require thinking about, it is worth putting aside a bit of time to actually listen to the content: I found myself listening more than once and still enjoying it. Putting the concepts into practice is very rewarding.
    All in all a very good listen / read

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  • EJ
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    "So Practically Helpful"
    Where does Full Catastrophe Living rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This Book is changing my life chapter by chapter. It outlines the practice of mindfulness and explains the practices to be undertaken to achieve inner calm and vitality. My life has slower down since reading, and practising the concepts, in this book. I would recommend it whole heartedly for everyone!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hackney, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "a warm and informative book"

    I chose this book after a recommend action from a friend. It was a great reflective way to spend a commute; reviewing past strategies for coping and. Finding new skills in coping. I would encourage all to read, particularly those who find it hard to relax.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Haringey, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Practical help for a stress free life"

    Written in easy to understand language, Kabat-Zinn's philosophy is clear and enlightening. Full of practical exercises that are easy to achieve, if you read this book you will be well on your way to a stress free life. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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