We may long for wholeness, but the truth is that it is already here and already ours, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn. The practice of mindfulness holds the possibility of not just a fleeting sense of contentment, but instead a true embracing of a deeper unity that envelops and permeates our lives.
With Mindfulness for Beginners, you are invited to learn how to transform the way you think, feel, love, work, and play—and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are.
Here, the teacher, scientist, and clinician who first demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness within mainstream Western medicine offers 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, and as an unfolding “lesson-a-day” primer on mindfulness practice.
Beginner and advanced meditators alike will discover in these pages a valuable distillation of the key attitudes and essential practices that Jon Kabat-Zinn has found most useful with his students, including:
Why heartfulness is synonymous with true mindfulness
The value of coming back to our bodies and to our senses over and over again
How our thoughts self-liberate when touched by awareness
Moving beyond our story into the direct experience
Stabilizing our attention and presence amidst daily activities
The three poisons that cause suffering—and their antidotes
How mindfulness heals, even years after the fact
Reclaiming our wholeness, and more
The prescription for living a more mindful life seems simple enough: return your awareness again and again to the present moment. But if you’ve tried it, you know that this is where all the questions and challenges really begin. Mindfulness for Beginners 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 the world and ourselves.
Includes a complete CD with five guided mindfulness meditations by Jon Kabat-Zinn, selected from the audio program that inspired this book.