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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 nonjudgmentally) could improve your health? Again, according to Dr. Kabat-Zinn it can.On Mindfulness for Beginners, this internationally known scientist, bestselling author, and teacher who brought miWhat 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 nonjudgmentally) could improve your health? Again, according to Dr. Kabat-Zinn it can.On Mindfulness for Beginners, this internationally known scientist, bestselling 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 worldCultivate 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 pleasuresFree 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.Course objectives: Apply an understanding of the concept of mindfulnessUtilize simple guided meditations led by Kabat-ZinnList the ethical and attitudinal foundations necessary to cultivating mindfulnessAssess how we can choose where to focus our awarenessPlan to use mindfulness to help us develop compassion and insight into our true nature"...

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Mindfulness for Beginners Reviews

  • Joseph
    2019-02-22 16:14

    Ah, I get it; I think. I couldn’t help but think of a hybrid Mr Rogers and Bob Ross reading.

  • Kazi
    2019-02-20 14:01

    Easily the best book on meditation that I've read. For people like me, who have really struggled with meditation, are extremely suspicious of new-age speak and approach meditation from a very analytical rather than an emotional or free-spirited way of thinking, it's perfect. Kabat-Zinn is really good at outlining the rational justifications for mindfulness and the practical applications of it, as well as explaining how lack of mindfulness can impact and rule one's life, and as much as I hate to say it, he makes sense.

  • MrsJoseph
    2019-03-21 13:08 Awarenessing is what Jon Kabat-Zinn calls the act of being aware and present. I suck at mediation. I've tried it in the past but it's always been difficult for me. I have a very active brain. Very, very active. It's the reason why I'm not really into watching TV/movies - I don't need any additional stimulation. O_OI first learned about Mindfulness via a televised interview of Jon Kabat-Zinn. My husband was intrigued and immediately started research on the subject. He went to Jon Kabat-Zinn's website and decided to buy a couple of the books - he even took the information to work to share with his employees. I ignored [Mindfulness] for the most part even though my husband encouraged me to try it. Sadly, I decided to read Mindfulness for Beginners after a very traumatic family event: we lost someone to a car accident on the very same day another family member had to be rushed to ICU - and that person is still critically ill. Let's just say I became overwhelmingly stressed out. It was at that point I took my husband's advice. I hoped that maybe Mindfulness for Beginners would give me some tools to calm down my chaotic life. Or at least take my mind off of my troubles for a period of time.Reading Mindfulness for Beginners was difficult for me. Jon Kabat-Zinn speaks in the same way he breathes - soothingly, slowly and deliberately - listening to him is quite like meditation. As I said before, I suck at meditation. Seriously suck at it. Whenever I try to meditate, my mind always wanders off to random subjects. And that's also what happens when I listen to this book. My mind starts to wander and I lose track of what's being said. Sometimes I rewind to (try to) listen again. Sometimes I just go with the flow. Sometimes I fall asleep.Kabat-Zinn says that it is normal for the mind to wander when mediating. You are to - gently and with kindness - redirect your mind back to your breath when this happens. This one moment, this one breath.Read the rest here:

  • Leslie Reese
    2019-03-15 16:20

    "We are very much in the habit of thinking of ourselves in small, contracted ways---and of identifying with the content of our thoughts, emotions, and the narrative we build about ourselves---based on how much we like or dislike what is happening to us. This is our default mode. The power of mindfulness is the power to examine those self-identifications and their consequences and the power to examine the views and perspectives we adopt so reflexively and automatically and then proceed to think they are us. The power of mindfulness lies in paying attention in a different, larger way to the actuality of life unfolding moment by moment by moment. It allows us to shift from mindlessness to mindfulness." - from the Epilogue

  • Wendy
    2019-02-27 11:05

    This is a good introduction to mindfulness and meditation practice, especially for absolute beginners or people who are curious about exploring meditation without getting heavily into any associated religious practice. If you've read or listened to much other material on Buddhism or meditation practice, a lot of the concepts in the first half are going to seem pretty basic and familiar, although you might still get value out of the meditation exercises in the second half. From reading other reviews, I know that Kabat-Zinn's voice puts some people on edge. Basically, he sounds like a nerdy New England physician. He reminds me of my pediatrician when I was a kid, so personally, I find his voice kind of reassuring, but he's not going to most people's idea of the most relaxing voice. Nor does he have the most perfectly smooth vocal delivery - he sounds a bit stilted in places, as if he's reading from a script. If you can, listen to a sound sample first to get a feel for whether you can listen to 2+ hours of this guy.

  • David
    2019-03-16 09:04

    This book is great. I finished reading it, but it comes with a CD of guided meditations, so I am not done with the experience. In fact, I might return this copy to the library where I found it, and buy a copy so I always have the CD. I had tried to read another book by this author (Full Catastrophe Living), but I was reading it on my kindle and the experience was so bad I finally gave up. I read this book on paper, and enjoyed it and appreciated it, and learned from it, and would consider reading it again. Somehow, reading on a kindle feels like a cruel chore, whereas reading a book is pretty much my favorite thing, so I think I can safely blame the kindle rather than the authors whose work I have read on the thing. Good to know!The author developed Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which is used/taught at many hospitals and clinics (including UCSF, so I'm told). This book is a very accessible intro, and it is a quick and easy read, for those who are curious. More than a good read, it is good for whatever ails you.

  • John
    2019-03-09 15:09

    This was a quick read for me.But I enjoyed the honesty of it. "Those who try to pick up meditation thinking they will be like the Dali Lama might as well stop. They have no chance in Hell of pulling that off."And the fact that if you try meditation, don't tell people about it. If you feel the need to brag about meditating, you really need to meditate some more. This is a beginning book. More steps to follow latter.There is no Cliff notes for meditating. There is only doing.

  • Stéphanie
    2019-02-24 15:31

    No bullshit book on awareness.

  • Polly Millet
    2019-03-17 14:15

    Make sure to get an audio book. The whole second half is an hour long mindfulness session. Great book, and great start to mindfulness.

  • Justin Tapp
    2019-03-04 15:28

    I provide a bit more to this than a normal book review. I give this book 4 stars, it is exactly as advertised.Pray. Meditate. Don't worry. Relax. Breathe. Have a quiet time. These are all things we know we're supposed to do but neglect to do. They require intentional desire and discipline. This book is about how to practice being intentional about it.This book is a short summary and introduction into the exercise of mindfulness. The author has a PhD from MIT. I became intrigued by mindfulness after watching the author in this 60 Minutes piece. Tim Ferriss interviews a lot of Silicon Valley entrepreneur types on his show and practicing some form of meditation seems to be a common link among all of them. I blogged about that here.I recently saw a profile of the CEO of health care giant AETNA, and how he offers yoga and meditation courses to employees, which are quite popular. They've seen a drop in health care costs that they attribute to the practice reducing stress."Employees report a 28 percent decrease in stress levels, a 20 percent improvement in sleep quality and 19 percent reduction in pain. "I listen to several fitness podcasts and the elite athletes and trainers all practice some form of meditation and yoga as part of their mental fitness and physical recovery. Yoga (a difficult form) is included in P90X and is something that I appreciate and don't do correctly or often enough.Most Christians think of Eastern meditation as emptying one's mind, whereas that does not appear to be the case with mindfulness. Zinn reportedly developed his style by combining his studies with Buddhist practioners "with science." It's instead a practice of focusing one's mind, and as such I find it compatible with a Christian discipline of meditation.I read a couple books on spiritual disciplines last year, meditation and prayer are two points covered that are similar. Tim Challies has a brief "faith hacking" post on meditation on Scripture.In another post, he interviews Joel Beeke on how the Puritans used the word "meditation," and I find it quite compatible:Puritan meditation engages the mind with God’s revealed truth in order to inflame the heart with affections towards God and transform the life unto obedience. Thomas Hooker defined it like this: “Meditation is a serious intention of the mind whereby we come to search out the truth, and settle it effectually upon the heart.” The direction of our minds reveals the truest love of our hearts, and so, Hooker said, he who loves God’s Word meditates on it regularly (Ps. 119:97). Therefore, Puritan meditation is not repeating a sound, emptying the mind, or imagining physical sights and sensations, but a focused exercise of thought and faith upon the Word of God."..."Here is a method for meditation based on Puritan writings. First, pray for the power to focus your mind on the Word with faith. Second, read the Bible and select a verse or two. Third, repeat those verses to yourself in order to memorize them. Fourth, think about what those verses say and imply, probing the book of Scripture (other verses on the same topic), the book of conscience (how you have believed or disbelieved, obeyed or disobeyed), and the book of nature (how this truth appears in experience and the world). Fifth, stir up your affections unto love, desire, grief, hope, zeal, and joy as appropriate. Preach the text to yourself with powerful application. Sixth, arouse your soul to the specific duty which the text requires, making holy resolutions for the glory of God. Seventh, conclude with prayers for divine assistance, thanksgiving for graces given, and singing psalms of praise to God."The Psalmist wrote (Psalm 131) "But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me"There's a quietness about it. There's a prayer closet we have to build, either physically or mentally throughout our day, to be like Jesus and move away from the crowds and pray (Mark 1:35-37). To appreciate that God is moving every molecule in our universe, including those in our immediate surroundings. "Multitasking jams the voice of God."Zinn says that "mindfulness is a way of being, not just a good idea." It's about living in the present moment, not worrying about the past or the future (Matthew 6:34). When the Apostle Paul wrote "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thess. 5:16-18) I think he gave us a command to be mindful of the truth of our salvation and how God is working His will in our lives all the time. Trusting in truth and accepting reality are an essential part of mindfulness, according to Zinn. Where a non-Christian gets his self-identity and truth from are another matter, but for the Christian it's important to think about large chunks of truth like Romans 5 and Romans 8.Then, once we have taken the time to meditate on these truths, we have a basis on which to act. We can love others because we remember that Christ first loved us. "Let the doing come out of being," says Zinn.Zinn invents the verb "awarenessing" which involves using your mind and all of your senses to appreciate your surroundings. You can "appreciate the senses individually as miraculous." Even focusing on something as simple as a raisin, as Zinn uses for his example. We Americans simply throw down a handful while we're sitting at our desk hurrying onto the next thing. Instead, think about the raisin that was once a grape that grew in a miraculous process repeated for millenia. It was picked by someone you don't know and literally thousands of people's effort went to bringing it to market for you to purchase. The process of chewing and digesting are all remarkable. When you slow down and think about it and really appreciate it. It's simple, but we don't do it.Zinn states that a beginner's mind (like a child) sees infinite possibilities, whereas an "expert" mind sees only two: right and wrong. This brings to mind Jesus' admonition to "become like little children" to "enter the kingdom of heaven." A child marvels at the smallest and simplest things. A child doesn't doubt that God is capable of anything, whereas we lose that faith as adults. Mindfulness is somewhat about getting back that childlike marvel.In the end, Zinn leads the listener in an exercise of breathing and focusing on the present moment, meditating on truth, and bringing your mind back in focus when it wanders. Any of us who have sat down to pray have had the problem of a wandering mind, the trick is to "lovingly bring it back."Some prominent Christians in the media have decried mindfulness meditation as nonsense without understanding what it is, or looking at the scientific data on the health benefits of meditation and yoga generally. Yet they also seem to value having a quiet time, prayer, and meditating on scripture. It's a shame they don't recognize that non-Christians have become the developers of a practice once honed by Christians-- including the Puritans.

  • Nandes
    2019-02-21 16:07

    Decepcionant, no m'ha aportat res de nou. Buscar neologismes per anomenar coses que fa segles que existeixen em sembla una trista estratègia de màrqueting al servei del capitalisme. Indicat per aquelles persones a qui les paraules meditació o budisme els fan riure o angúnia, i es senten més a gust amb una paraula anglosaxona moderna.

  • Ericka Clouther
    2019-02-20 16:27

    Just the basics. I like that it's short but there wasn't too much you can't find in all the other mindfulness books.

  • Bethany
    2019-02-21 17:08

    This is a fantastic intro to meditation. Would definitely recommend as a precursor to starting a meditation program like heads pace or calm.

  • Lisa Butterworth
    2019-03-06 14:29

    I'm not sure if this audio book is 5 stars, or if I was just in the exact mood for it. but the audio version of the meditations hit my sweet spot and I loved loved loved.

  • Deborah
    2019-03-03 12:29

    I was drawn to this book as a means of controlling stress. The first part talks about mindfulness and the second part gives you exercises to practice the art. It will take some practice but it appears to help.

  • Taylor
    2019-02-21 11:08

    Maybe it’s me, but I felt this was too cult-y.

  • Taylor
    2019-03-06 12:26

    Pretty good. The first half is an attempt at explaining meditation and validating it from a medical perspective. That's all well and good, but that part felt like a podcast with a lot of "you know"s and "interesting"s. Part of the reason I listen to audiobooks when I do rather than podcasts is for that well thought out, polished, completeness quality rather than the wing it mentality. Both podcasts and audiobooks have their charms and positives, but they're distinct from one another and I like that. So the first half I didn't appreciate at from a form perspective, and the content was just OK.The second part was very redeeming. They were simple, easy, guided meditations that were great to follow. The author did a wonderful job validating every step of the way. He slowed down, was very sure of himself, the flow was wonderful, all around 5 star quality. So the two parts combined get 4 stars as an average. The audiobook is just over two hours, and if you don't care to hear about the rhymes and reasons for meditation as a valid medical approach, then you can skip the first half altogether. I'd listen to more of his stuff.

  • ♥ Ibrahim ♥
    2019-03-11 16:29

    Everybody tells you to read jon-zinn kabat. He seems to be the expert. This book has many wonderful insights. But as I keep reading, I can't help but wondering, when are you going to get to the point, Sir? Why are you writing a book as if it is lecture you are giving to people and are trying to warm them up to the idea of your topic? Will you please get to the point? Sir, it is now page 16 and you still haven't got to the point; you haven't talked yet about what a beginner should do to practice mindfulness. Instead, you are sentimentalizing and getting syrupy on us:You need the past you have; it is raw clay on the potter's wheel. It is both work and adventure of a lifetime not to be trapped,....yawn, yawn, yawn sir!Off to the elliptical; obviously this is a bedtime book and I am pretty sure it will put me to sleep nicely. On the other hand, if you are a beginner and you need a book that will take you straight to the subject, by all means get this book:Meditation for Beginners Paperback – Print + CD, August 1, 2008by Jack Kornfield Ph.D. checked it out of our local public library and the audio CDs of Jack Kornfield are always a delight to listen to.

  • Erika Nerdypants
    2019-03-21 13:13

    I really liked this. I've been trying to practice mindfulness for some time now, and appreciated the practical advice from the author. I loved finding out that in Asian languages the word "heart" and "mind" are the same. So when we are being mindful, we are also being heartful. Cool. Being mindful is being acutely aware of each moment without judging it. It requires a gentle curiosity, as we're watching life unfold, moment by moment by moment. The author explains that there are three major things that interfere with mindfulness: Greed, Hate and Delusions, or the creation of our own reality while ignoring what's actually going on. And in true Buddhist tradition he reminds us to let go of our attachments. The Buddha said that the most important sentence he ever spoke is, "Nothing is to be clung to as "I", "mine" or "my". Words to live by.

  • Janet Gardner
    2019-03-20 09:30

    Let me start with the airing of grievances. This was originally an audio CD and only later adapted into a book, and I think it would have been better as a CD. Parts were a bit repetitive. Also, Kabat-Zinn occasionally falls into some fey, new-agey linguistic tics, like always spelling “mis-take” with a hyphen and referring to the tendency to privilege one’s own perspective as “selfing.” Guh…but really it’s only an occasional thing. Most of the writing is down-to-earth and articulate. Overall, I found the book informative and helpful as I embark on a nascent meditation practice. A quick read with more than enough substance and insight to keep me reading and thinking.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-01 09:01

    Eh.. That's how I feel about it. I think part of the problem is listening to the man. His voice is a bit more droaning than it is enjoyable to listen to. BUT, when trying to be mindful I could be mindful of his voice so maybe I actually acomplished something. Not a favorite. I would have rather the first CD been a book with the second CD as a part of the book.

  • Andy
    2019-03-21 11:11

    I give up. One can only read so many pages before the constant stream of meaningless babble wear you out. 50 pages in and all this book has done is think of different ways of stating, "slow down and pay attention to your thoughts".

  • Alexa Athelstan
    2019-02-22 10:05

    "Beginners mind" Jon Kabat-Zinn "I know nothing" - all great teachers of mindfullness "We are always learning" Shirley Anne Tate

  • Correen
    2019-03-22 10:08

    This may be a wonderful book. It is written in a beautiful language that makes it sound more complicated than it is.

  • Nancy Butts
    2019-03-22 09:19

    I wish the sentences were as short and pithy as the chapters are: they are so long and convoluted, especially in the first two sections, although that changes later in the book (thankfully). This book isn’t what I expected, but that is not the author’s fault; it is my own. Since I was familiar with Kabat-Zinn’s career at the University of Massachusetts, I thought this would be the kind of mindfulness book that is rooted in clinical science and medical practice. But it approaches the topic more from the philosophical aspect of Buddhist teachings, albeit phrased in Western terms. For me, the book opened up with the third section, the one entitled “Deepening.” This was the heart of the book, with a clear explanation of those Buddhist teachings in a way that was non-dogmatic, a message that those of any faith— or none — could welcome and understand. If I had read only this part of the book and none other, it would have been worth it.I bought the Kindle version because that is my preferred way of reading these days [neck issues make reading a print book unhealthy for me, according to my spinal surgeon]. But in the case of this book, I think it’s better to buy the print version because it comes with a CD of the guided meditations. They are not included with the Kindle version, and to download them as of January 2018 costs $20 for each of three series at the publisher’s website. No way!

  • Rif Saurous
    2019-03-12 12:07

    This book is good, but it's misnamed, in that it's not for beginners. Or at least, not for all beginners.When I first started learning to dance, I benefited most from teaching that was extremely specific, and more importantly, grounded in the scientific-logical traditions I've been heavily trained in. "Here's the specific thing to listen to in the music." "Try to contract this muscle without contracting this other muscle; no, I'm putting my hand on the one you're supposed to contract." Now, years later, I'm happy to take an African dance class and watch the teacher and just try to "dance more like her."This is a book full of very short chapters discussing mindfulness from different angles. I found many of the chapters profound and could imagine opening this book up often just to read a chapter or two, it's on the other side of some important "leap of faith." I currently believe some intersection of mindfulness / meditation / Buddhist practices is extremely helpful in my life, but also thinks that *most* new-age stuff is hopelessly useless (to me) gobbledygook, but if I hadn't already believed that, this book would have made me think the mindfulness stuff was hopeless gobbledygook too. Which is why I say the book isn't for (all) beginners.But for someone with a little meditation and mindfulness background who wants some additional food for thought, definitely recommended.

  • Kelly
    2019-02-20 15:18

    This is a terrific little book and if I could give it 10 stars I would! I was introduced to Jon Kabat-Zinn and the practice of mindfulness by my therapist. I picked this book to start with since it was targeted specifically to beginners and it was a great choice. The writing is friendly and straight-forward and it's an easy, flowing read. I found myself taking a lot of notes, in fact I filled a note book that I refer back to often and has become a nice resource to have with me.I really liked that the book starts from the very beginning and thoroughly introduces the topic of mindfulness. Zinn doesn't make any assumptions of previous knowledge of mindfulness and meditation, it is truly written for the beginner as the title states. The format of the book lends itself to easy absorption too. It's divided into five parts and the chapters are very short and manageable, some only a page or two in length, so you can absorb the material easily and then move onto the next chapter. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good introduction to mindfulness and meditation.

  • Richard
    2019-03-06 14:19

    This book is very much for someone who had never heard of mindfulness. It starts at the very bottom, and does not really go up from there. The last half of the book is a meditation, and I don't know how anyone would do it without this being an audio book. The above statements are the best the can be said for the book. The author is very self aggrandizing, and seems to miss most of the point trying to tell his readers how great he is. Additionally, the audio book (read by the author) sounds like it was coming, like, from a surfer dude, like, it just, like, was like, totally going to blow your mind, like, sometime. If this was not the last audio book I had available for my drive I don't know if I would have finished it.

  • Josée Lepire
    2019-03-22 12:21

    L'auteur a définitivement l'habitude d'enseigner à des débutants et connaît les réflexions que peuvent - vont - se faire les gens s'initiant à la méditation.Au commencement, je trouvais les courts chapitres agaçants, mais en réalité, cela permet de prendre un rythme plus lent, de prendre une pause réflexive entre chacun d'entre eux et de ne pas "consommer" le livre le plus vite possible.Je n'ai pas encore écouté les méditations guidées, mais déjà la lecture du livre a changé mon attitude au quotidien.Pour les débutants, pour les anxieux chroniques qui se demandent s'ils ne vont pas échouer, ce livre apaise les craintes et démonte les idées reçues.Bonus pour un livre qui se détache complètement de toute religion/philosophie et qui a une assise scientifique.

  • Beth Moffett
    2019-03-20 09:08

    I am very disappointed in this book. I expected the author to really get to the introduction into mindfulness, to really expound on what mindfulness is. Instead, each section of a page two, points out some idea, without any depth. forget about depth, they are just comments. I'm not sure if this book is even necessary. The author has such a great reputation, that this book was very disappointing. I expected more. I bought some of his other books, but I haven't read them yet. Hope they are better that this one.