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What if you could profoundly change your life just by becoming more mindful of your breathing? According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, you can. What if "paying attention on purpose and non-judgmentally" could improve your health? Again, according to Dr. Kabat-Zinn, it can.

In Mindfulness for Beginners, this internationally known scientist, best-selling author, and teacher who brought mindfulness meditation into the mainstream of medicine and society gives you immediate access to a practice that can potentially add years to your life, and will certainly enhance the quality of your moments and your years. Join Dr. Kabat-Zinn to:

  • Explore five guided meditations that lead you breath by breath into the essence of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a program offered in medical clinics and hospitals around the world
  • Cultivate the Seven Key Attitudinal Factors of MBSR, qualities of heart and mind that lay the foundation for mindfulness practice and for seeing and accepting things as they are as a first step to working wisely and compassionately with stress, pain, illness, and sorrow as well as life's joys and pleasures, Zorba's "full catastrophe"
  • Free yourself from limiting perspectives, and become more intimate with your own boundless awareness

    "You're already in the perfect moment for inhabiting this liberating awareness, which is always available," teaches Jon Kabat-Zinn. With Mindfulness for Beginners, he invites you to cultivate mindfulness as if your life depended on it, which it surely does, and experience the magnitude and beauty of who you already are.

  • ©2006 Jon Kabat-Zinn; (P)2006 Sounds True

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    Profound

    I've listened to this every week since I downloaded it a few months ago, and find it extremely helpful in relaxation and keeping me grounded. I love the tone and cadence of it; it less like a reading and more like an impassioned conversation with a friend. He removes the religious and new-age-y connotations from meditation, and explains how awareness fits in with thoughts, senses, mind and body.

    33 of 35 people found this review helpful

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    Great for beginners

    This book will teach you how to listen. If you are in a hurry this is not for... you. There are many pauses that will test your patience but if you let go and just listen you will be satisfied.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    This is really good!

    Would you consider the audio edition of Mindfulness for Beginners to be better than the print version?

    Yes, for something like meditation, it's more 'real' when you can listen. Also with this book, which I have, you don't get the guided meditations except on c.d.

    What about Jon Kabat-Zinn’s performance did you like?

    I don't know why one reviewer said it was awful, it was fine, and he does show inflection and passion for it. He is NOT monotone.

    Any additional comments?

    Listen for yourself, it's a great book for beginners, which I am. Lots of good, easy to understand concepts.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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    Pathetic Book

    What was the author trying to prove? That he can earn by speaking softly.
    There is nothing worth paying for in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    terrible narration

    Usually I'm a big fan of the author narrating their book because they can convey their excitement about the topic and stress the things they see as most important. With this one however I didn't make it past the 10 minutes mark. The narrator/author makes an overly soft-spoken attempt at ethereal enlightenment that is really just the whispered condescension of someone who doesn't like kids talking to a 5 year old. I felt like I was in a really, really bad and stereotypical yoga class. If Saturday Night Live did a spoof on these types of books this is exactly the narration they would use.

    17 of 31 people found this review helpful

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    • Simon
    • Sydney, Australia
    • 09-06-10

    Content great - presentation poor

    The content is distilled John Kabat Zinn and is wonderful, delivery is sadly lacking and the reason I have discontinued with audible. Track 1 & Track 2 ?? Thats it... unfortunately i don't have the time or the "mindfullness" to waste so many moments of my life finding the sections of the piece I want to listen too.

    19 of 35 people found this review helpful

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    • Vickie
    • Chattanooga, TN, United States
    • 08-10-11

    Yawn

    If you have ever read so much as an article on meditation, you are past what this book offers.

    I completely agree with Jane of Hopewell, VA in her review. This feels like a parody of a meditation session. If you can listen to "Track 1" without wanting to throttle this guy and tell him to spit it out, you are past what it is "teaching." Otherwise, like me, you might have to go ride your stationary bike to work off the irritation of wanting to throttle the guy and tell him to spit it out.

    Also, I do not like the format at all. But, it is my fault that I am so ignorant of my Zen thingy that I don't even know how to effectively set a bookmark to find a meditation session that appeals to me, if I could stand to listen to the contemplation of a raisin first.

    You can get better for free on some websites.

    16 of 30 people found this review helpful

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    It Was Ok

    Wish there was more information and less meditation exercises. A bit disappointed by how short it was

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    Best and most balanced explanation of Meditation.

    Chapter 1 covers a detailed and balanced explanation of mindfulness and meditation and its importance. Best I have ever heard actually.

    Chapter 2 is a series of guided meditation designed to teach someone how to focus, concentrate and meditate. During the series the author explains what is going on and why then gives tips to help the beginner understand how to and what is meditation. I particularly liked the raisin meditation. Focusing your mind on an external object can be very helpful before focusing on internal things.

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    Presented in a mumbo-jumbo style

    Listened to the first chapter. It isn't for me, I like clear, straightforward tangible stuff.

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    • Pamela
    • 03-13-10

    Peace ar last!

    I didn't know life could get better! My soul yearned for confirmation that 'less is more.' I'm simply amazed, no 'rocketed to the 5th dimension' with this stuff. To live a life conscious of the moment, purposefully , slowly and serenely is all I've ever wanted and this book teaches me how in the simplest of terms. Like, right here, right now stuff, like 'begin where you are stuff, NOW. No thinking necessary 'just be the person/thing that you seek, right now. Thank you Jon and every other teacher of this way of being, thank you.

    30 of 30 people found this review helpful

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    • M.S.K.
    • 12-23-12

    Excellent clear introduction to Mindfulness

    I am a clinical psychologist working with people experiencing a range of psychological problems, and recommend this to everyone I work with when using mindfulness (which is most people!). It is very easy to listen to, explaining the history and practice of mindfulness in every day life. The first half is a talk about mindfulness, the second half is a series of simple mindfulness exercises. Well worth the money!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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    • Mr Henry
    • 12-23-12

    Mind altering, world changing

    I've listened over and over and over to this wonderful audiobook.

    Jon's soulful voice soothes and heals while you sit - or lie - and you can do the meditations sitting or lying down.

    I'm not saying this is the panacea for all known human woes.

    But it offers the chance to see the world through a different lens.

    A lens that needs constant cleaning.

    Excellent.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 07-08-13

    Helpful, calming book that makes a difference

    If you could sum up Mindfulness for Beginners in three words, what would they be?

    Calming, useful, easy

    What does Jon Kabat-Zinn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His calming voice really helps you, especially when you get to the meditative exercises as it would have been difficult to read and remember these and then perform the exercises properly - instead, you are talked through it in a clear and reassuring manner that helps you focus on the exercises and perform them properly, meaning that they are much more effective and useful.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a couple of points when he talked about stress and living in the moment that really hit me hard as I could recognise myself in the negative cycle he was describing and I realised how much that was affecting my life. Before trying this I was sceptical but afterwards I was able to see what a difference it had made and how much better I felt.

    Any additional comments?

    This book changed things for me dramatically - I lead a busy and often stressful life and this helped me learn how to step away from that and not get bogged down in daily stress and over thinking things but take some time to just appreciate the moment and bring some calm and non judgemental thinking to my day.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    • Mr T A Endacott
    • 05-27-16

    very good

    this is a very worthwhile addition to my library and I would recommend it to anyone, who wishes to gain a better idea of the subject of mindfulness

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    • Nicola Williams
    • 03-24-16

    An incredible experience

    This form of mindfulness is excellent for beginners and more experienced.
    It has the BEST guided meditation I've ever had the privilege to experience.
    Those who find meditation difficult will not with this as it's as easy as breathing.
    No matter how stressed or anxious you are, when you listen to this you will feel the weight lifted off you and taken away.
    It's hard not to fall asleep it's that peaceful and calming.
    I woke up with my physical pain levels almost melted away.
    I cannot remember feeling such a deep levels of calm.

    Do not listen to this while driving or needing to drive soon after.
    I was left feeling deeply over relaxed, my body felt floppy with no tension in it.

    Thank you to Jon Kabat-Zinn for an amazing experience of the deepest relaxation.

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    • Agnes Giles
    • 10-19-17

    Excellent

    A gentle introduction to mindfulness with a non-intrusive tone of voice. Jon Kabat-Zinn has perfected his approach in this recording of guided meditation and provides an excellent and peaceful guide towards the practice of mindfulness.

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    • Vic
    • 07-20-17

    Brilliant listening

    Narrator was easy to listen to. Very relaxing and managed to understand what was being said.

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    • Mr S.
    • 04-14-17

    Superb narrative

    This book is great to listen to - one I'm sure I'll listen to again and again. Jon's narrative is superb. I have done meditation before and explored mindfulness and loving kindness. This introduction will help anyone with further understanding or re-aligning. Sometimes the prose can be a bit wordy and reduce full understanding on the first listen. But you can skip back 30 secs to hear it again - if it doesn't make sense

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    • Mrs Z
    • 04-10-17

    Short and sweet

    This is my first book for Jon Kabat-Zin
    I really enjoyed it, very good introduction to mindfulness , I liked its short and to the point. His voice is comforting and while it's not a life changer but it surly made me think

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    • Ballina Beach
    • 07-14-15

    Learning from the Master

    The genius of audible books is to hear the cadence of the author: here Jon Kabat -Zinn explains mindfulness in his own words, literally. Quite an enhanced experience from reading the text; it's as if you are having a private workshop with this remarkable person.

    I highly recommend this audible book & I look forward to hearing his other books

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful