©1994 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.; (P)1994 Audio Renaissance Tapes, A Division of Cassette Productions Unlimited, Inc.
I'm from a small town in the Midwest USA. Mentions of things like meditation, Buddha, yoga etc were always associated with laziness, misguided idealism, and drugged hippies. This was extremely unfortunate for me since these practices have been proven beneficial for thousands of years and I've only recently allowed myself to tap into this mindful way of living. The good news is that Kabat-zinn speaks our language. Straight forward and non "new agey", he brings the fundamentals of mindful life into a perspective that's easily understood and accepted by folks like me who were raised on hard work, cynicism, and skepticism. This book is a perfect Intro to mindfulness and what it means to wake up to life. I'm confident my grandparents had a great handle on mindfulness without using the same vocabulary. This book bridges the gap between East and West.
I believe this book can be life changing! If everyone practiced mindfulness, our world would be a far better place. The simple act of listening to Dr. Kabat-Zinn is relaxing. Highly recommended!
Can't live without audio books! My eyes thank the inventor:-))
the little background music is very relaxing & the meditation descriptions
mindfulness is letting go and living the moment.
I'e started working on being mindful with my household chores. It's tougher than I thought!
No because the terrible, frequent musical "interludes" distract from & ruin the narration.
Yes but only if I knew in advance that his other audiobooks were not similarly affected.
He is a fine narrator but badly let down by this production.
No, it stands up on its own.
It might seem churlish to focus so much on the bad music given Kabat-Zinn's otherwise profound teachings on mindfulness but the music really did completely ruin this audiobook for me. It's the worst sort of cheap, synthy, badly recorded, "mystical" rubbish that mars so many works on meditation and the like. It comes at the beginning and end of every section of the book; is overlaid on top of the narration for minutes at a time, altogether taking up at least a quarter of the running time; and is completely at odds with the voice of Kabat-Zinn and the character of his work, at least for me. In the end, I gave up listening to the last hour of it. Kabat-Zinn's work on mindfulness is the most lucid and illuminating I've yet come across but unless you're very good at filtering out background noise, I unfortunately have to recommend avoiding this one.
Don't know. I think the audio gets you more relax to meditate
It's a very easy listen. I would recommend it if you are looking into meditation.
reader & writer
What I like the most about the work of Kabat-Zinn is the lack of mysticism, and the down-to-earth practical guidance he gives us throughout his writing.
I use this book as a reminder and source in my own everyday mindfulness praxis, it is informative and full of well tempered humor.
The only negative side to this production is that there are to few chapters in the audible version of the text.
I love to listen to to everything from self-help books to Clive Cussler.
I had a very hard time getting interested in the book because the narrator/author was monotone. He needs to stick to writing and let someone else do the talking.
Sums up mindfulness and meditation in a simple and factual manner. Very effective text.
Mediation with mountains and lakes metaphors.
For those new to exploring mindfulness and meditation this audio delivers an excellent foundation that can be with you as you begin your journey. For everyone no matter your experience, the audio is a wonderful partner to your practice and expands understanding. A warm, guiding, joyful and practical audio book to listen to many times.
I do not live in HOng Kong
the Audible version of this book is blighted by the horrendously loud new age music that accompanies Jon's narration. i am a big fan of his work but this is unlistenable. it's so loud in parts that you cannot hear what he is saying, and is completely distracting from something that is largely about being focussed. it's a bizarre concept and an absolute disaster. i'm going to get my money back and buy the kindle version instead.
i have rated the "story" as 1 because i cannot hear it
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