In Mindfulness for Beginners, this internationally known scientist, best-selling 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:
"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.
©2006 Jon Kabat-Zinn; (P)2006 Sounds True
I didn't know life could get better! My soul yearned for confirmation that 'less is more.' I'm simply amazed, no 'rocketed to the 5th dimension' with this stuff. To live a life conscious of the moment, purposefully , slowly and serenely is all I've ever wanted and this book teaches me how in the simplest of terms. Like, right here, right now stuff, like 'begin where you are stuff, NOW. No thinking necessary 'just be the person/thing that you seek, right now. Thank you Jon and every other teacher of this way of being, thank you.
Calming, useful, easy
His calming voice really helps you, especially when you get to the meditative exercises as it would have been difficult to read and remember these and then perform the exercises properly - instead, you are talked through it in a clear and reassuring manner that helps you focus on the exercises and perform them properly, meaning that they are much more effective and useful.
There were a couple of points when he talked about stress and living in the moment that really hit me hard as I could recognise myself in the negative cycle he was describing and I realised how much that was affecting my life. Before trying this I was sceptical but afterwards I was able to see what a difference it had made and how much better I felt.
This book changed things for me dramatically - I lead a busy and often stressful life and this helped me learn how to step away from that and not get bogged down in daily stress and over thinking things but take some time to just appreciate the moment and bring some calm and non judgemental thinking to my day.
I am a clinical psychologist working with people experiencing a range of psychological problems, and recommend this to everyone I work with when using mindfulness (which is most people!). It is very easy to listen to, explaining the history and practice of mindfulness in every day life. The first half is a talk about mindfulness, the second half is a series of simple mindfulness exercises. Well worth the money!
I've listened over and over and over to this wonderful audiobook.
Jon's soulful voice soothes and heals while you sit - or lie - and you can do the meditations sitting or lying down.
I'm not saying this is the panacea for all known human woes.
But it offers the chance to see the world through a different lens.
A lens that needs constant cleaning.
the first time I listened to this was on a busy commuter train and I felt an instant calm. although I had heard of mindfulness I didn't know much about it. yet as his words unfolded I knew this would be important for me. It has taken me a couple of years to start regular practise but I have listened to this many times in that time. It started me on a journey which I suspect will make the rest of my life a nicer place to be.
Personal Trainer and business owner
No - very grating, slow voice as if he's trying to seduce you! Yes you want a calm voice for mediating, but this was not listenable!
Only lasted an hour and it just seemed to grate on. I either lost the message or didn't find one on mindfulness, some much better options out there - HeadSpace and Practical Guide to Mindfulness
Wonderful teaching. Graceful walk through the beginning. I practice anywhere and everywhere. Especially the beginners mind. Blessings Jon Kabat-Zim.
There is a lot of depth here that requires careful consideration . It is not a listen to once experience as it requires that the ideas are thought about.
How not to be a humandoing
It is a shame that chapter 2 is not split into more chapters so that it is easily possible to get to the particular meditation practices without having to create bookmarks.
Otherwise a very good book
I've listened to this every week since I downloaded it a few months ago, and find it extremely helpful in relaxation and keeping me grounded. I love the tone and cadence of it; it less like a reading and more like an impassioned conversation with a friend. He removes the religious and new-age-y connotations from meditation, and explains how awareness fits in with thoughts, senses, mind and body.
"This is really good!"
Yes, for something like meditation, it's more 'real' when you can listen. Also with this book, which I have, you don't get the guided meditations except on c.d.
I don't know why one reviewer said it was awful, it was fine, and he does show inflection and passion for it. He is NOT monotone.
Listen for yourself, it's a great book for beginners, which I am. Lots of good, easy to understand concepts.
"Great for beginners"
This book will teach you how to listen. If you are in a hurry this is not for... you. There are many pauses that will test your patience but if you let go and just listen you will be satisfied.
Usually I'm a big fan of the author narrating their book because they can convey their excitement about the topic and stress the things they see as most important. With this one however I didn't make it past the 10 minutes mark. The narrator/author makes an overly soft-spoken attempt at ethereal enlightenment that is really just the whispered condescension of someone who doesn't like kids talking to a 5 year old. I felt like I was in a really, really bad and stereotypical yoga class. If Saturday Night Live did a spoof on these types of books this is exactly the narration they would use.
"Content great - presentation poor"
The content is distilled John Kabat Zinn and is wonderful, delivery is sadly lacking and the reason I have discontinued with audible. Track 1 & Track 2 ?? Thats it... unfortunately i don't have the time or the "mindfullness" to waste so many moments of my life finding the sections of the piece I want to listen too.
If you have ever read so much as an article on meditation, you are past what this book offers.
I completely agree with Jane of Hopewell, VA in her review. This feels like a parody of a meditation session. If you can listen to "Track 1" without wanting to throttle this guy and tell him to spit it out, you are past what it is "teaching." Otherwise, like me, you might have to go ride your stationary bike to work off the irritation of wanting to throttle the guy and tell him to spit it out.
Also, I do not like the format at all. But, it is my fault that I am so ignorant of my Zen thingy that I don't even know how to effectively set a bookmark to find a meditation session that appeals to me, if I could stand to listen to the contemplation of a raisin first.
You can get better for free on some websites.
"Reader salivating & swallowing make it disgusting"
No. It's exactly the reading of the book that is so offensive to the ear that the content becomes lost
The story itself, and the book, are fantastic.
Reader salivating & swallowing make it disgusting
I had an extreme repulsion to hearing the reader's body fluid management
"helpful with pain of a divorce "
JKZ voice and cadence in the audio book was very helpful to bring relaxation and awareness to my being.
"It was good but needed more."
I enjoyed it but it did not cover any details really. it was more like hype for mindfulness. like an advertisement.
"Great book and narration"
Have listened to this several times - love it! The narrator does a great job
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