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Summary

It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us - sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's renowned mindfulness-based stress-reduction program, this groundbreaking audiobook shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit.

By using the practices described within, you can learn to manage chronic pain resulting from illness and/or stress-related disorders, discover the roles that anger and tension play in heart disease, reduce anxiety and feelings of panic, and improve overall quality of life and relationships through mindfulness meditation and mindful yoga. More timely than ever before, Full Catastrophe Living is a book for the young and the old, the well, the ill, and anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in today's world.

©2007 Jon Kabat-Zinn (P)2007 Random House, Inc.

Critic reviews

"A practical guide not only to mindfulness meditation and healing, but daily life." (Joseph Goldstein, author of One Dharma)
"Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn eloquently explains the power of paying attention and increasing awareness. I strongly recommend this book for everyone who wants to begin healing [to] their life." (Dean Ornish, M.D.)

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  • Stir
  • Northumberland, UK
  • 18-07-11

Clear, useful and well read

I have come across the author before during a course on stress management and decided to download this audio book. It is read by the author and he has a very pleasant easy-going voice and a great deal of experience in presenting this type of material. The result is that he gets the information across well.
As the concepts require thinking about, it is worth putting aside a bit of time to actually listen to the content: I found myself listening more than once and still enjoying it. Putting the concepts into practice is very rewarding.
All in all a very good listen / read

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a warm and informative book

I chose this book after a recommend action from a friend. It was a great reflective way to spend a commute; reviewing past strategies for coping and. Finding new skills in coping. I would encourage all to read, particularly those who find it hard to relax.

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One of the best books I have ever experienced

Seriously, just do it. For yourself, for those you care about, and the rest of the world.

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A fantastic insight into meditation

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This is a must read for anyone that is interested in meditation whether you are new to the subject or you have been practicing for years. Jon Kabat-Zinn covers almost every aspect of meditation and the benefits that it can bring to our lives. He has a fantastic voice which is easy to listen to. He also has a guided meditation series which covers the meditations that he speaks of in this book which can be found on Amazon. If you enjoyed this book you should definitely give this series a go. He also has meditations on Audible although I have not listened to it yet. I would highly recommend this book.

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  • EJ
  • UK
  • 13-12-13

So Practically Helpful

Where does Full Catastrophe Living rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This Book is changing my life chapter by chapter. It outlines the practice of mindfulness and explains the practices to be undertaken to achieve inner calm and vitality. My life has slower down since reading, and practising the concepts, in this book. I would recommend it whole heartedly for everyone!

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  • Miss
  • Haringey, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-13

Practical help for a stress free life

Written in easy to understand language, Kabat-Zinn's philosophy is clear and enlightening. Full of practical exercises that are easy to achieve, if you read this book you will be well on your way to a stress free life. Highly recommended.

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A very interesting book

I enjoyed this book to listen to whilst working, he touches on some important information about how we veiw our feelings and the results of this.
I have learned alot from this book, it's good for anyone, however you have to put the tools in the book to practice every day for it to be successful just like any kind of healing.

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Deep, insightful wisdom in every word

Life changing, perception changing, wisdom in every word. I wish I came across this year's ago

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Excellent book

This man is brilliant, spiritual, logical and so much more!! The book reflects this. Really enjoyed this book.

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Explains principles behind the positive effect of mindfulness in daily life, healing, improving health and well being.

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  • connie
  • 07-06-08

"Secular" Buddhism for greater wellness

As a previous reviewer pointed out, Kabat Zinn's guided body scan and yoga routines are not part of this download, but the present audiobook is still very valuable. The routines are similar to those in other Kabat Zinn programs avaiable on Audible and elsewhere. Any body scan/yoga nidra meditation and MINDFUL gentle yoga routine could be substituted.

If you've read other of Kabat Zinn's books, there is not too much new here, but it was his first and is worth the download. I read the much longer text version about ten years ago, and it helped changed my approach to life (and I don't make that claim for more than a couple of books!) I'm at a point where I need to tune in again to the wisdom contained in Kabat Zinn's writings, so I was elated to find this abridgement of "Full Catatrophe" to use as a starting point. Instead of meditations themselves, it is the why and how of adopting a program. His approach derives from his long time Buddhist background but is research based, with years of clinical success. His voice itself is a stress reduction experience!

If you are not sure you want to try his approach - check out some of his full lenth sessions on U-Tube given to Google employees. If you had to listen/read only one author on the Mind Body connection, I'd recommend Jon Kabat Zinn over any other medical, complementary medical or new age guru. He's the real thing, with a long track record of leading diverse people to greater wellnesss in mind, body, and spirit. If you're not sold on this title, check out his other Audible audiobooks.

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  • Anna Dresner
  • 22-01-08

Nice Introduction, but the Heart of it is Missing

This book explains the need for and benefits of mindfulness and outlines the sorts of activities Kabat-Zinn recommends to cultivate mindfulness clearly and compassionately. I was disappointed, however, to discover that it does not include the specific meditations or yoga practices he recommends; it describes them, but does not walk you through them in detail. If you want to listen to recordings that tell you what to concentrate on when doing a body scan or what yoga moves to do, you must buy additional tapes or CDs. I assumed that an audiobook read by the author recommending yoga and meditation practices would include the instructions needed to carry out those practices, but I was wrong.

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  • Uma
  • 01-06-15

Doesn't come with the meditation audio!

Buy the book instead - don't waste your money on an incomplete product. The entire book talks about this powerful 8-week mindfulness program designed by Kabat-Zinn, and the wonderful clinic where people come to practice. The attendees are given audio recordings, which they use to meditate 45-60 minutes/day for 6 days a week for 8 weeks. In fact, Kabat-Zinn says in this very audiobook recording - 'refer to such and such meditation on CDs 2 and 4'.

Buyer beware - this audiobook purchase does NOT come with the all-important guided meditation audio. Clearly, it's supposed to. The entire book is designed around the 8-week program. But somehow, the production of the audiobook failed to include the heart and soul of this whole thing. Very disappointing. I wish I had known! I would have just bought the book.

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  • ANDRÉ
  • 24-11-14

Slowing Down Time Itself

Sometimes we gotta listen to something like that: soothing, motivational, relaxing, healthy. Better, we gotta listen to it on a regular basis. The book focus on concentrating in the moment, instead of thinking about the past or wondering about the future. We have to listen to our body, learn how to breathe, being fully there.
Jon Kabat-Zinn has a penetrating voice that convinced me to practice mindfulness.
Great book!

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  • KSamara
  • 05-10-17

Not the actual book

This content is completely different from the actual book with the same cover.

It would be nice if a) Audible made that patently obvious when purchasing the book b) they actually had an audio version of the updated version of the book.

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  • Chelly
  • 25-02-16

A New World

What did you love best about Full Catastrophe Living?

The authors reading voice is pleasant to listen to. He speaks slowly and clearly and in a relaxed calm manner which makes for effective and enjoyable listening.

What did you like best about this story?

There are short real life examples and practical exercises and suggestions for living in the moment on a regular basis. There are suggestions for meditating which are deceptively simple, as with all things it is the regular practice that will prove helpful.

Which scene was your favorite?

Jon Kabat-Zinn has used this program with people who are chronically sick and in need of a quiet place to go in their heads to find peace. His insight and knowledge into this process using meditation is invaulauble and a guiding light for anyone seeking peace, self knowledge and compassionate insight into themselves and others.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. This is a long audio book and the end contains specific exercises. I listened to it in 1.5 hour sessions over the course of a few weeks.

Any additional comments?

If you have experienced the insight and calm that regular meditation practice can bring and the benefits to those who live with you, this book will motivate you further in your practice. If you are interested in meditation, this is a great place to learn and start. The author is not out to promote any specific religious teaching or spiritual practice, it is all about seeking a peace and silence in ones mind and from there an ability to find calm especially when life throws a curve ball.During my listening of this audio book I found myself transported to 'A new world' several mornings in a row. I realized this was living in the moment, appreciating the sounds of the birds, the colours of leaves and bark on trees. I was alive! The book has alerted me to how much of my life I am not really living, I am in the past, the future or a fantasy world, and am therefore missing my own life. How many of us are guilty of this? If you want to experience being truly awake and alive, this book can shine a light on one pathway there.

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  • Carleene Dei
  • 24-09-15

Critical Information for Everyone

I appreciated the content, tone and flow. I only wish I had read this earlier in my life, BUT, it is never too late.

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  • Scott
  • 13-03-14

Enough to wet your appetite

What did you love best about Full Catastrophe Living?

This is a good primer on the concept of mindfulness as a stress reduction tool. Is brief and concise enough to give you a basic understanding of what it is all about. You won't come away an expert or perhaps even at best, only a dabbler but it does a good enough job to make you want to learn more.

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  • DDP
  • 14-01-13

Woo-Free Mindfulness Education

What did you love best about Full Catastrophe Living?

It is an excellent primer for mindfulness training. Dr. Cabot-Zinn presents the work in a straightforward way that is thoughtful, compassionate, and, most importantly for this reader, woo-free. In other words, Cabot-Zinn does not engage in inducing or inculcating unvalidatible principles into the work, such as references to gods, mystical forces, etc. Those elements are present in many other books on Audible, despite some of them being presented as training manuals for professionals.

This is the book to get if you are interested in understanding/developing mindfulness either for yourself or as an adjunct to treatment for psychotherapy clients. It appears to proceed from the unspoken tenant that mindfulness development can and should be based in scientifically-based principles and not from culturally-based, illogical, and oppressive principles rooted in fad, fashion, and feel-good fantasy.

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  • Imarim
  • 15-12-12

very helpful - an excellent book

What did you love best about Full Catastrophe Living?

the fact that it is an audio book makes it better because you can practice while you listen.

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If you have any form of emotional or stress related problem or have a family member who is going through such troubles, this is a must. If you just want to teach your self to keep your calm under most circumstances in this crazy world, it is also very helpful.

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