Are you interested in learning how to meditate but have never known where to start? Are you a beginner in mindfulness?
The book am about to review will help you out in learning all you need to know about mindfulness as a beginner.
The book is titled ‘Mindfulness For Beginners’
In this review, i will take you through what the book is ,what it talks about,its cost and finally my thoughts about the book.
I will try all my best to give you every single detail about this book and if by any chance i do not tackle one of the things you really wanted,you can as well ask in the comments area and i will be happy to help you out .
Lets then,get started on this book’s review:
Name : Mindfulness for Beginners
Author: Jon Kabat-Zinn
Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.com
Genre: Self-help book
Publisher : Sounds True
Publication Date : July 1, 2016
What It Is
This is a book that , invites you 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.
This is 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.
It 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.
Jon Kabat-Zinn (born Jon Kabat , June 5, 1944) is an American professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School .
Kabat-Zinn was a student of Buddhist teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Zen Master Seung Sahn and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center .
His practice of yoga and studies with Buddhist teachers led him to integrate their teachings with scientific findings.
He teaches mindfulness , which he says can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness.
The stress reduction program created by Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) , is offered by medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations.
Kabat-Zinn was first introduced to meditation by
Philip Kapleau , a Zen missionary who came to speak at MIT where Kabat-Zinn was a student.
Kabat-Zinn went on to study meditation with other Buddhist teachers such as Thích Nhất Hạnh and Seungsahn .
He also studied at the
Insight Meditation Society and eventually taught there.
In 1979 he founded the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School , where he adapted the Buddhist teachings on mindfulness and developed the Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program.
He subsequently renamed the structured eight-week course Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
He removed the Buddhist framework and eventually downplayed any connection between mindfulness and Buddhism, instead putting MBSR in a scientific context.
He subsequently also founded the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
His secular technique, which combines meditation and Hatha yoga , has since spread worldwide.
The course aims to help patients cope with stress, pain, and illness by using what is called “moment-to-moment awareness.”
Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR began to get increasing notice with the publication of his first book, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness (Delta, 1991), which gave detailed instructions for the practice.
Then, in 1993, his work in the Stress Reduction Clinic was featured in Bill Moyers ‘s PBS special Healing and the Mind, spurring wide interest in MBSR and helping to make Kabat-Zinn nationally famous.
In 1994 Kabat-Zinn’s second book, Wherever You Go, There You Are, became a national bestseller.
In the latter part of the 1990s, many MBSR clinics were opened, either as standalone centers or as part of a hospital’s holistic medicine program.
Research by Kabat-Zinn includes the effect of MBSR on psoriasis , pain, anxiety, brain function, and immune function.
He is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute , a group that organizes dialogues between the Dalai Lama and Western scientists.
MBSR has been adapted for use by the US military to improve combatants’ “operational effectiveness,” apparently with Kabat-Zinn’s approval, which has provoked some controversy among mindfulness practitioners.
Kabat-Zinn is married to Myla Zinn, the daughter of Roslyn and Howard Zinn. Their three grown children are Will, Naushon, and Serena.
Kabat-Zinn grew up in a non-practicing Jewish family. He has stated that his beliefs growing up were a fusion of science and art.
Although he has been “trained in Buddhism and espouses its principles,” he rejects the label of “Buddhist,” preferring to “apply mindfulness within a scientific rather than a religious frame.”
What The Book Talks About
Lessons from the book:
The future that we want – this is it. This is the future of all the previous thoughts you’ve ever had about the future.
You’re in it. You’re already in it. What is the purpose of all this living if it’s only to get some place else and then when you’re there you’re not happy anyway, you want to be some place else.
It’s always for ‘when I retire,’ ‘when I graduate college,’ ‘when I make enough money,’ ‘when I get married,’ ‘when I get divorced,’ ‘when the kids move out.’ It’s like, wait a minute, this is it. This is your life. We only have moments. This moment’s as good as any other. It’s perfect.
If we are not careful, it is all too easy to fall into becoming more of a human doing than a human being, and forget who is doing all the doing, and why.
The challenge for mindfulness is to be present for your experience as it is rather than immediately jumping in to change it or try to force it to be different.
As long as you are breathing there is more right with you than wrong with you, no matter what is wrong.
Mindfulness as a practice provides endless opportunities to cultivate greater intimacy with your own mind and to tap into and develop your deep interior resources for learning, growing, healing, and potentially for transforming your understanding of who you are and how you might live more wisely and with greater well-being, meaning, and happiness in this world.
The word discipline comes from disciple, someone who is in a position to learn.
The attitude of letting go, of letting things be as they are, of non- attachment, does not imply a condition of reactive distancing or detachment, and is not to be confused with passivity, dissociative behaviors, or attempts to separate yourself even the tiniest bit from reality.
It is not a pathological condition of withdrawal adopted to protect yourself. Nor is it nihilistic. It is exactly opposite: a supremely healthy condition of heart and mind. It means embracing the whole of reality in a new way.
It’s very important as a beginner that you understand right from the start that meditation is about befriending your thinking, about holding it gently in awareness, no matter what is on your mind in a particular moment. It is not about shutting off your thoughts or changing them in any way.
Best Place to Buy The Book
The best place I recommend you buy the book is on Amazon. The price there is fair and according to my research, it is the most trusted online store at the moment. It will also be very convenient for you to buy there if you were planning to do more online shopping today.
This is a great book with so much to teach beginners on meditation.
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