Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, is perhaps the best-known proponent of using meditation to help patients deal with illness. (The somewhat confusing title is from a line in Zorba the Greek in which the title character refers to the ups and downs of family life as "the full catastrophe.") But this book is also a terrific introduction for anyone who has considered meditating but was afraid it would be too difficult or would include religious practices they found foreign. Kabat-Zinn focuses on "mindfulness," a concept that involves living in the moment, paying attention, and simply "being" rather than "doing." While you can practice anything "mindfully," from taking a walk to cleaning your house, Kabat-Zinn presents several meditation techniques that focus the attention most clearly, whether it's on a simple phrase, your breathing, or various parts of your body. The book goes into detail about how hospital patients have either improved their health or simply come to feel better despite their illness by using these techniques, but these meditations can help anyone deal with stress and gain a calmer outlook on life. "When we use the word healing to describe the experiences of people in the stress clinic, what we mean above all is that they are undergoing a profound transformation of view," Kabat-Zinn writes. "Out of this shift in perspective comes an ability to act with greater balance and inner security in the world." --Ben Kallen
Kabat-Zinn is founder and director of the stress reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and the "full catastrophe" of which he writes is the spectrum of stress in life. His program, in a word, is meditation, rescued from the mire of mysticism that made it trendy in the 1960s. The author focuses on the advantages of employing "practiced mindfulness" to control and calm our responses without blunting our feelings--and a more convincing introduction to the many modes and uses of meditation could hardly be imagined. In personable, enlightening prose, Kabat-Zinn first explains how to develop a meditation schedule, and in later chapters pragmatically applies his plan to the main sources of stress. An impressive middle section clearly marshals scientific and anecdotal evidence relating state of mind to state of health. And while emphasizing meditation's healing potential, Kabat-Zinn makes no sweeping claims, suggesting that the discipline serve not as means but end. Illustrations not seen by PW. BOMC and QPB selection.
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Really gets down to why we freak out and how to respond vs. react to those crazy messages in our heads! Really, really worthwhile reading. Read morePublished 12 days ago by June Rogers
Very interesting book. In our times of lack of time and constant worry, everybody would benefit reading it.Published 2 months ago by Stefan
A great book for those wanting to educate themselves on Eastern practices of meditation with transition into Western culture. A eye opening experience.Published 3 months ago by Chris
A wonderful way to bring the present into your awareness.To heal your self suffering,and Jon kabat Zinn's voice is very easy to listen too. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jan
Great Book. It helped me tremendously get through my faulty thinking. A must read for someone that wants to get over irrational thinking.Published 13 months ago by Paul Issa
Love this book and any of Jon Kabat-Zinn's books. Full of wisdom and meant to teach how to improve life and health. Thank you!Published 18 months ago by JS
This book is the product of a meditation movement with widespread currency in the medical community. Read morePublished 18 months ago by fishface42