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Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness | [Susan Smally, Diane Winston]

Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness

Mindfulness—the art of paying attention with openness and curiosity to the present moment—has attracted ever-growing interest and tens of thousands of practitioners. This uniquely accessible guide provides a scientific explanation for how mindfulness positively and powerfully affects the brain and body, as well as practical guidance.
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Publisher's Summary

Mindfulness—the art of paying attention with openness and curiosity to the present moment—has attracted ever-growing interest and tens of thousands of practitioners. This uniquely accessible guide provides a scientific explanation for how mindfulness positively and powerfully affects the brain and body, as well as practical guidance.

With sections devoted to “The Science”, “The Art”, and “The Practice”, Fully Present will help you understand how and why meditation is so effective, and will help you develop and sustain your own practice in order to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Boost your body’s immune system
  • Ease chronic physical pain
  • Cope with negative emotions
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Cultivate happiness

Complete with fascinating research on how our brains work and respond to meditation, as well as practical tips and exercises, Fully Present is an essential guide for anyone interested in enhancing their own health and well-being.

©2010 Susan Smally, Ph.D., Diane Winston (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

“A highly readable, informed, and elegant synthesis. Susan Smalley and Diana Winston have done a remarkable job of weaving together a coherent and compelling narrative that encourages each one of us to explore mindfulness from the inside out for our own benefit and the greater well-being of the world.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn, best-selling author; founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School)

“Brilliant, authoritative, rooted in solid research, and incredibly useful! If people would follow the practices outlined here, it is guaranteed they would become happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in their lives.” (Edward Hallowell, MD, best-selling author of Driven to Distraction)

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    Jane Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 09-03-10
    Jane Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 09-03-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Life-Changing Book"

    This book covers everything you want to know about living a good life through the practice of mindfulness. It blends both Scientific studies with antidote to explain the importance of meditation. It also gives you practical advice on applying the principles. This was more than what I was looking for. I highly recommend this book!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John New Castle, IN, United States 08-24-10
    John New Castle, IN, United States 08-24-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Family Physician point of view"

    If you are looking for a 'how to' book, this is not the one for you. If you are looking for a 'why to' book, this by far is the best one I have found. Up to date. Could have been edited a little better. I am recommending for my patients. Doc in Indiana

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Blue728 San Francisco Bay Area, CA, United States 05-30-11
    Blue728 San Francisco Bay Area, CA, United States 05-30-11
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    "Improves upon re-listening"

    This audiobook contains a wide variety of information. I find the depth of information to be very useful. The audiobook starts with the author's own life experiences and difficulties and how they deal with them. Then there give you scientific information, including the mindfulness clinic they run. There are also instructions on the different types of mindfulness meditation.

    The only negative for me is that in this audiobook, you are referred to go to their website where you can download guided meditation files, but when I get to their site, I can't find any related audio files. So that was disappointing.

    The narrator of this audiobook grows on you the more you listen to it. At first, I thought she was okay, but the more I listened to the audiobook, the more I find that her voice is a good match for the content.

    Overall, I really enjoy this book and have already listened to it twice. I will listen to this every once in a while. I believe this is my favorite audible purchase.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Los Alamos, United States Minor Outlying Islands 08-31-10
    Michelle Los Alamos, United States Minor Outlying Islands 08-31-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Not very interesting"

    I like the ideal of being fully present in this life. But doubt that this book will assist in that goal. The author seems to repeat herself, perhaps with the idea that repetition will lead to being fully present. In any case, it put me to sleep about half way through.

    Possibly this book is better read or skimmed than listened to. It is not as interesting as the description and sample suggests.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Harold USA 08-03-13
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is not a book for someone who is trying to learn how to do mindfulness. It is a complete history, full of definitions and research studies.


    Has Fully Present turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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