An Invitation to the Practice of Mindfulness. We may long for wholeness, suggests Jon Kabat-Zinn, but the truth is that it is already here and already ours. The practice of mindfulness holds the possibility of not just a fleeting sense of contentment, but a true embracing of a deeper unity that envelops and permeates our lives.
With Mindfulness for Beginners you are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel, love, work, and play and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are. Here, the teacher, scientist, and clinician who first demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness within mainstream Western medicine offers a book that you can use in three unique ways: as a collection of reflections and practices to be opened and explored at random; as an illuminating and engaging start-to-finish read; or as an unfolding lesson- a-day primer on mindfulness practice.
Beginning and advanced meditators alike will discover in these pages a valuable distillation of the key attitudes and essential practices that Jon Kabat-Zinn has found most useful with his students, including: Why heartfulness is synonymous with true mindfulness. The value of coming back to our bodies and to our senses over and over again. How our thoughts self-liberate when touched by awareness. Moving beyond our story into direct experience. Stabilizing our attention and presence amidst daily activities. The three poisons that cause suffering and their antidotes How mindfulness heals, even after the fact. Reclaiming our wholeness, and more.
The prescription for living a more mindful life seems simple enough: return your awareness again and again to whatever is going on. But if you’ve tried it, you know that here is where all the questions and challenges really begin. Mindfulness for Beginners provides welcome answers, insights, and instruction to help us make that shift, moment by moment, into a more spacious, clear, reliable, and loving connection with ourselves and the world.
What disappointed you about Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer?
This is going to be a TOUGH book to finish. Imagine the most annoying British woman reading you the most acronym-laden, boring book on the planet. TADA! That's this book. I am TRYING to hang in there for the "nuggets" that might lie within, but this is a second by second struggle. The alternative was to listen to some gong-banging yoga-esque mindfulness book . . . which I'm wishing I'd done.
What could Trish Bartley and John Teasdale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Not sure . . . except the narration is truly grating.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
She makes it incredible difficult to hang onto this reading.
What character would you cut from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer?
Any additional comments?
You can hear the imperialism in some of the commentary . . . about how they've "discovered" concepts but given no credit to Asian or other cultures that have practiced these concepts for centuries before their "discovery" and documentation. Referring to individual countries but then referring to all of the continent of Africa as if blanket statements apply to the entire continent. Things like that. And for God's sake, STOP with the acronym reading, please!