- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books; Reprint edition (May 1 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786883146
- ISBN-13: 978-0786883141
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting Paperback – May 1 1998
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"The pages of this book invite us to discover a way of parenting in the present moment that helps us see our children for who they are and ourselves with greater awareness. Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn show us a wise path that leads to deep connection, empathy, and love both for our children and ourselves. Their book is a treasure, especially for these fast-paced, accelerating times when many of us seek more balance and wholeness in our lives and relationships."―Nancy Carlsson-Paige, author of Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids.^"The Kabat-Zinns' book is a gift and a blessing, filled with wise counsel for stepping wholeheartedly into the parenting journey. I urge parents to take refuge in this beautiful book, and to be inspired to embrace each day as an opportunity for learning, growing, and loving more deeply."―Susan Stiffelman, author of Parenting without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected^"Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn are pioneers in cultivating the inner clarity that creates the parental presence our children of any age need to become securely attached. Their personal and professional insights in this accessible, story-filled classic volume enable us to become the kind of parent we want to be-open, attuned, flexible, and compassionate to our children and to ourselves. This revised and updated edition of the original source for 'mindful parenting' gives us new guidance to create the life of love our children deserve. Soak in their words of wisdom and everyone will benefit!"―Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author of Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
About the Author
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D, is the Executive Director of the center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Dr. Kabat-Zinn's work has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions in our society such as medicine and psychology, health care and hospitals, schools, corporations, prisons and professional sports. He leads workshops on stress reduction and mindfulness across the country and worldwide. He was featured in the PBS series Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers, and on Oprah. In 2007, he received a Pioneer in Integrative Medicine Award from the Bravewell Philanthropic Collaborative for Integrative Medicine.
Myla Kabat-Zinn, B.S.N., R.N., has worked as a childbirth educator, birthing assistant and environmental advocate.
The authors live in Lexington, Massachusetts.
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It speaks about things I think most new parents intuitively feel when they become a parent, and yet...society has parenting so backwards at times.
Basically the premise of the book is to inspire parents to live their life mindfully (to practice mindfulness, which is the practice of living moment-to-moment), and in doing so, brings awareness to their life, that perhaps the parent was living on "autopilot" until beginning their practice of mindfulness. What's the problem with living on "autopilot"? Well...so many things. But, if I may tackle this question, with-in the realm of parenting after just finishing reading this book: if a parent lives on autopilot, they usually repeat old habits and patterns from their parents, and for a large part, from society "norms" of the time.
Living on autopilot means missing out on life and your children's lives. And perhaps, without meaning to, being cold and distant to your children, which seems like nothing, but it really is something, as, if you look into your own memories of childhood I'm sure you'd find a child who perhaps felt misunderstood, or lonely, or...________ (fill in blank).
Perhaps to live with a bit more awareness we can truly see our children, with-out our own expectations forced on them; perhaps with a bit more awareness we can truly see what our children really need (usually lots of love and attention), with-out just thinking of ourselves and putting our own needs first; perhaps with a bit more awareness we can ride the wild ride of parenting, knowing when to change to suit the needs of each individual child.
This book is full of so much wisdom, it's a amazing journey that I highly recommend to anyone open enough to digest what the authors are saying.
Jon Kabat-Zinn is very well-known as the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and has several other extremely popular books on the benefits of practicing mindfulness. Jon and Myla are the parents of three - now grown - children. When this book was written, in the early 90s, their children were teenagers.
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