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Mindfulness for Beginners | [Jon Kabat-Zinn]

Mindfulness for Beginners

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 non-judgmentally" could improve your health? Again, according to Dr. Kabat-Zinn, it can.
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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 non-judgmentally" could improve your health? Again, according to Dr. Kabat-Zinn, it can.

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:

  • 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 world
  • Cultivate 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 pleasures, Zorba's "full catastrophe"
  • Free 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.

    ©2006 Jon Kabat-Zinn; (P)2006 Sounds True

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      Pamela Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom 13/03/2010
      Pamela Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom 13/03/2010 Member Since 2010
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      "Peace ar last!"

      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.

      28 of 28 people found this review helpful
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      Amazon Customer Stockport, United Kingdom 08/07/2013
      Amazon Customer Stockport, United Kingdom 08/07/2013
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      "Helpful, calming book that makes a difference"
      If you could sum up Mindfulness for Beginners in three words, what would they be?

      Calming, useful, easy


      What does Jon Kabat-Zinn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

      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.


      Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

      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.


      Any additional comments?

      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.

      9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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      M.S.K. UK 23/12/2012
      M.S.K. UK 23/12/2012 Member Since 2014

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      "Excellent clear introduction to Mindfulness"

      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!

      8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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      Mr Leeds, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
      Mr Leeds, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2013
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      "Mind altering, world changing"

      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.

      Excellent.

      6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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      Doug M London, UK 20/07/2015
      Doug M London, UK 20/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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      "Brilliant!"
      What made the experience of listening to Mindfulness for Beginners the most enjoyable?

      I've been "fiddling around" with mindfulness for some years. Dipping in and out, but never really getting into it properly. This book has made all the difference. Being the originator of Mindfulness, I guess it's only to be expected that Jon Kabat-Zinn knows his stuff, but what is so great is the very simple and relaxed way in which he explains it.Finally I've begun to practice Mindfulness!

      I totally recommend this for anybody new to Mindfulness, or who has struggled to get into it.


      Any additional comments?

      One other thing of note is that Jon has such a great voice, I could listen to him all day. Shame this book's so short!

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      G. Nicholson uk 13/07/2015
      G. Nicholson uk 13/07/2015
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      "Excellent"

      I really like this book as it started from the beginning & was very easy to follow & understand

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      Ruth 30/03/2015
      Ruth 30/03/2015 Member Since 2014
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      "life changing"

      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.

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      Sharon jeffrey 08/03/2015
      Sharon jeffrey 08/03/2015 Member Since 2015
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      "informative"

      a good start to mindfulness thinking and doing. chapter 2 was most help full and well worth re listening to a gain.

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      MarkPT 02/03/2015
      MarkPT 02/03/2015

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      "Not the best Mindfulness Audio"
      Would you try another book written by Jon Kabat-Zinn or narrated by Jon Kabat-Zinn?

      No


      Would you ever listen to anything by Jon Kabat-Zinn again?

      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!


      Any additional comments?

      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

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Lynne Johnson London, UK 16/02/2015
      Lynne Johnson London, UK 16/02/2015

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      "Peaceful"

      Wonderful teaching. Graceful walk through the beginning. I practice anywhere and everywhere. Especially the beginners mind. Blessings Jon Kabat-Zim.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    • ArtC
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      05/03/10
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      "Profound"

      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.

      26 of 28 people found this review helpful
    • Kathryn Loring
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      30/06/13
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      "This is really good!"
      Would you consider the audio edition of Mindfulness for Beginners to be better than the print version?

      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.


      What about Jon Kabat-Zinn’s performance did you like?

      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.


      Any additional comments?

      Listen for yourself, it's a great book for beginners, which I am. Lots of good, easy to understand concepts.

      6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    • Marathonandtriguy
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      "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.

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    • Amazon Customer
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      25/02/11
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      "terrible narration"

      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.

      15 of 24 people found this review helpful
    • Vickie
      Chattanooga, TN, United States
      10/08/11
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      "Yawn"

      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.

      15 of 25 people found this review helpful
    • Simon
      Sydney, Australia
      06/09/10
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      "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.

      16 of 28 people found this review helpful
    • amber
      11/05/15
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      "great beginners course!"

      helped me focus and find my way away from fear and learn to drag my mind back.goid beginning course

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
    • Mark
      17/04/15
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      "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.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
    • jason
      chattaroy, WV, United States
      05/02/15
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      "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.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
    • Amazon Customer
      Folsom, CA, USA
      29/04/13
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      "Reader salivating & swallowing make it disgusting"
      Would you consider the audio edition of Mindfulness for Beginners to be better than the print version?

      No. It's exactly the reading of the book that is so offensive to the ear that the content becomes lost


      How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

      The story itself, and the book, are fantastic.


      How did the narrator detract from the book?

      Reader salivating & swallowing make it disgusting


      Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

      I had an extreme repulsion to hearing the reader's body fluid management


      5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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