Books by Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Coming to Our Senses Series: 2018/2019:

In this series of four books, Jon updates the material in his 2005 book, Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness. Each book opens with a brand new foreword. As we have seen over the past decades, if mindfulness was important in 2005, it is infinitely more important now on all levels, personally, societally, and globally.

Book: Meditation Is Not What You Think

Book 1, Meditation Is Not What You Think, addresses the essence of mindfulness, what it is, where it comes from, and why it is so important. You can think of this book as the what and the why of mindfulness, both in terms of your personal life, and in terms of the planet and the threats it is facing, all stemming from human activity, and in particular, the human mind when it doesn’t know itself.

An exceprt may be found at:, Two Ways to Think About Meditation for a Better Practice.

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Book: Falling Awake

Book 2, Falling Awake, is about cultivating mindfulness as a practice and as a way of being in your own life. You could think of it as the how of mindfulness, what it takes to cultivate it in your own life, as a love affair with what might be most important to you, in ways that might be deeply satisfying, meaningful, and ultimately, liberating. It includes instructions for literally and metaphorically coming to your senses in both formal practice and in everyday living. It provides detailed instructions and guidance through the practices of the body scan (lying down meditation), sitting meditations, standing meditations, mindful hatha yoga, walking meditation, and utilizing your sense doors to learn how to inhabit the domain of your own moment to moment awareness, fully embodied, and paradoxically, outside of time, both during formal meditation practice, and in everyday living, which is the real meditation practice when all is said and done.

Excerpts may be found at Loving Kindness Meditation and Lying Down Meditations.

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The Healing Power of Mindfulness

Book 3, The Healing Power of Mindfulness, is about the science of mindfulness and what it known about its potential for handling stress, pain, and illness more effectively, and ultimately, for healing—for coming to terms with things as they are in ways that can be life affirming and transformative, and take us beyond the confines of our own habitual self-centeredness, revealing a boundless spaciousness within the heart of awareness itself that recognizes and values the deep interconnectedness of the world and gives us new ways of being and acting that are profoundly freeing and loving. You could think of this book as elaborating the promise of mindfulness, both inwardly and outwardly. That promise is different for each one of us, and the only way to experience it is through throwing yourself into the practice wholeheartedly, as so many scores of thousands of people have done through the vehicle of MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) and other mindfulness-based programs in the domains of medicine, health care, psychology, and public health.

Excerpts may be found at The Infidelity of Busyness and Global Thrive: Always Looking for Something Better Tips.

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Book: Healing Power For All

Book 4, Mindfulness For All: The Wisdom to Transform the World, addresses how the practice of mindfulness is applicable and relevant not just to our own individual bodies and wellbeing, but to the body politic and the future of humanity. It addresses the potential realization of mindfulness through our cultivation of everything that has come before in the earlier volumes. Part I emphasizes that we need to keep in mind that we are simultaneously practicing mindfulness not just as individuals but also as members of the human species, Homo Sapiens Sapiens. This means that we need to adopt an evolutionary perspective on what might be possible if we are to find authentic ways to wake up to our own true nature as human beings (as the species that is aware and aware that it is aware) and face the ever-increasing disruptions, challenges, and threats that our precocity and creativity, along with our tendencies toward mindlessness and self-centeredness, greed and delusion, have created, along with all the beauty, mystery, and wonder. This evolutionary perspective on the role of mindfulness in healing and transforming the body politic is especially relevant as we move into the third decade of the 21st Century. It inevitably and axiomatically includes social justice and environmental justice as outgrowths of the cultivation of mindfulness and a ripening into greater wisdom and compassion, reflected in our laws and in our actions in facing the universal threats that we ourselves have created. Part II brings us full circle, to contemplate the uniquely personal, situated in what we know about the universe and our place in it. It celebrates the poetics of mindfulness, through our personal practice and through its embodied flourishing in the more than human world, the world we will leave to our children and grandchildren.

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Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting Second Edition, Revised and Updated Everyday Blessings:
The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, Revised and Updated

by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

October 2014

This book, originally published in 1997, is now thoroughly revised and updated. This new edition maintains the essence of the original, while bringing it into the current era and providing additional resources, including four simple mindfulness practices that can be cultivated in everyday life. The entire text has been carefully revised to make the practice of mindful parenting as accessible and commonsensical as possible, recognizing the wide variety of conditions that parents and families find themselves in. Mindful parenting is not a prescription for how to parent, but an invitation to listen deeply to and trust your own instincts and parent with greater awareness and balance. Over the past eighteen years, we have heard from many parents that Everyday Blessings became the foundation for their approach to parenting. Now, with a veritable explosion of interest world-wide in mindfulness as a way of living, and with increasing scientific evidence of its value for health and wellbeing, including a new field in psychology devoted to research and program development in mindful parenting, and with mindfulness moving into K-12 education as well as many other fields, there has never been a better time or more support for cultivating greater mindfulness in our lives and allowing it to embrace and nurture our children, our families, and ourselves.

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“The pages of this book invite us to discover a way of parenting in the present moment that helps us see our children for who they are and ourselves with greater awareness. Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn show us a wise path that leads to deep connection, empathy, and love both for our children and ourselves. Their book is a treasure, especially for these fast-paced, accelerating times when many of us seek more balance and wholeness in our lives and relationships.”

-- Nancy Carlsson-Paige, author of Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids.

“The Kabat-Zinn's book is a gift and a blessing, filled with wise counsel for stepping wholeheartedly into the parenting journey. I urge parents to take refuge in this beautiful book, and to be inspired to embrace each day as an opportunity for learning, growing, and loving more deeply.”

--Susan Stiffelman, author of Parenting without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected

“Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn's personal and professional insights in this accessible, story-filled classic volume enable us to become the kind of parent we want to be—open, attuned, flexible, and compassionate to our children and to ourselves. This revised and updated edition of the original source for “mindful parenting” gives us new guidance to create the life of love our children deserve. Soak in their words of wisdom and everyone will benefit!”

--Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

"At last, an emotionally intelligent guide for parents! Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn offer a profoundly powerful and wise path for cultivating a nourishing awareness in family life."

--Dan Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus

"I consider this a necessary book. If you are a parent, you will read it with fascination and return to it again and again throughout your life. If you are not at parent, the same is true, because it not only is an invaluable how-to-parent guide, but a beautiful and wise how-to-live primer. Reading this book could become a life-changing event. I recommend it enthusiastically."

--Marion Wright Edelman, President, The Children’s Defense Fund

"The inner work of mindful parenting is a deep spiritual practice.... Everyday Blessings is a book of great merit which will inspire and guide all parents."

--Thich Nhat Hanh, author of The Miracle of Mindfulness and Peace is Every Step

Full Catastrophe Living Updated Edition Full Catastrophe Living:
Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness.
Second Edition, Revised and Updated.

By Jon Kabat-Zinn

Published by Bantam/Random House

September 2013

This book, now in a second edition, is the foundation of the curriculum of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a program currently available in over 720 hospitals, clinics, and stand-alone programs nationwide and abroad. When originally published in 1990, this book articulated the transformative potential of cultivating mindfulness in one’s own life in the face of stress, pain, and illness, and documented what was known at the time about its clinical effectiveness. When the first edition came out, the Stress Reduction Clinic founded by Dr. Kabat-Zinn was in its 11th year. Now, the clinic is in its 34th year of continual operation at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, and the first edition of the book is almost twenty-five years old. Today, there is a vibrant and growing science of mindfulness which has documented a number of positive effects on brain structure and function, on gene expression, on cellular factors associated with aging, and on the immune system, as well as on our own mind and its habitual patterns. The practice of mindfulness can dramatically influence our relationship to our thoughts and emotions, with great benefits in terms of anxiety, depression, and other mental afflictions. This new edition makes some of the more exciting and promising of these scientific findings available to the reader, while keeping the essence of the original. Above all, this book is a friendly guide and support if you wish to begin or to deepen a daily practice of mindfulness in your own life, especially in the face of stress, pain, or a chronic illness.

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"To say that this wise, deep book is helpful to those who face the challenges of human crisis would be a vast understatement. It is essential, unique, and, above all, fundamentally healing."

--Donald M. Berwick, MD President emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Health Improvement

"One of the great classics of mind/body medicine."

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD. author of Kitchen Table Wisdom

"A book for everyone... Jon Kabat-Zinn has done more than any other person on the planet to spread the power of mindfulness to the lives of ordinary people and major societal institutions."

Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D. Founder and Chair, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin - Madison, author of The Emotional Life of your Brain (with Sharon Begley)

"This is the ultimate owner's manual for our lives. What a gift!"

Amy Gross, former editor-in-chief, O: The Oprah Magazine, and MBSR instructor

"I first read Full Catastrophe Living in my early twenties and it changed my life."

Chade-Meng Tan, Google engineer, and founder and author of Search Inside Yourself

Mindfulness:Diverse Perspectives on its Meaning, Origins, and ApplicationsMindfulness:
Diverse Perspectives on its Meaning, Origins, and Applications

Editors: Mark Williams and Jon Kabat-Zinn

Published by Routledge
March, 2013

This edited volume contains a wide range of papers by Buddhist scholars, contemplatives, philosophers, scientists, clinicians, and educators addressing various perspectives on mindfulness. It was originally published as a special issue of a journal, Contemporary Buddhism, Volume 12, 2011. That issue was so popular and sold out so quickly that it was decided to publish its contents as a book so that it would be much more widely available as a resource for anyone, scholar or practitioner alike, who might be interested in taking their personal understanding of mindfulness to a deeper level by encountering differing views. All of the contributions break exciting new ground: in our understanding of the various ways in which mindfulness has been understood within the Buddhist traditions themselves; in how those traditional views may be changing; in regard to the ways in which the cultivation of mindfulness can transform our relationship to suffering; in terms of technical questions concerning whether and how mindfulness might be directly and indirectly "measured;" and in terms of specific innovative applications in different contexts in education and leadership. This is not an instructional book for those who wish to bring mindfulness into their own lives. Rather, it is for those who wish to broaden their horizons around the practice of mindfulness itself within different frameworks and disciplines. A final chapter by Jon Kabat-Zinn recounts some of the history of MBSR and how it came into being, its universality, the different dharma streams on which it is based, and some of the challenges associated with becoming an effective MBSR instructor.

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Mindfulness for Beginners:Reclaiming the Present Moment - And Your Life Mindfulness for Beginners:
Reclaiming the Present Moment - And Your Life

By Jon Kabat-Zinn

Published by Sounds True
January, 2012

This book is meant to be a doorway into the cultivation of mindfulness for both beginners and for those who have a long-standing relationship the practice of mindfulness. It is accompanied by a CD of five meditations guided by Jon [mindfulness of eating; of breathing; of the body as a whole; of sounds, thoughts, and emotions; and as pure awareness] that, as part of a two-CD set, was the original ground for this book. The material of the introductory CD has been expanded and refined to become the book's text. It is structured in five parts: Entering; Sustaining; Deepening; Ripening; and Practicing. Brief chapters invite the reader to drink in, explore, and experiment with embodying a range of essential dimensions of mindfulness, including formal meditation practices and the cultivation of mindfulness in everyday life. Since the cultivation of mindfulness in one's life always follows a non-linear trajectory, it only matters that one begins. The rest unfolds as with any adventure, with a degree of mystery and unknowability, as life itself becomes both the practice and the teacher.

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The Mind's Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of MeditationThe Mind's Own Physician:
A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation

Editors: Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard J. Davidson

Published by New Harbinger

December, 2011

This book captures the essence, content, and feeling tone of the 2005 public Mind and Life dialogue with the Dalai Lama in Constitution Hall, Washington DC on the subject of the science and clinical applications of meditation. Edited by the program chairs, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard Davidson, the book also includes an Introduction and an Epilogue, written by the editors, which set the stage for the presentations and discussion, and summarize developments in the field since the meeting took place. The presenters and discussants include a wide range of scientists and contemplatives. This landmark meeting was co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Georgetown University Medical Center.

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"Transformative… [this] conversation provides valuable insight into how meditative practices can balance the mind with effects on the body."

Michael R. Irwin, MD, Cousins Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles

"a precious portal into seminal conversations that gave birth to the nascent field of contemplative neuroscience. The issues digested, debated, and ignited [here]… will serve as a roadmap and inspiration to my students and their students in the coming decades."

Amishi P. Jha, PhD, contemplative neuroscientist and associate professor of psychology, University of Miami

"The experts lay out how the mind’s powerful healing effects can be harnessed in ways that are becoming increasingly illuminated by scientific discoveries."

Stuart J. Eisendrath, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and director of its depression center

"If you want to see how to build bridges between the deepest wisdom of the heart and the highest standards of contemporary neuroscience, look no further. This series of meetings between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Western scientists and meditation teachers will prove to be epoch-changing, and this book shows why. Here, you will find interior and exterior empiricism in exquisite dialogue. Drink it all in. The brilliance of the participants shines through on every page."

Mark Williams, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford, Director Oxford Mindfulness Centre

"Can meditation improve your health? This question is just the starting point for a series of innovative exchanges across different ways of knowing among first-ranked clinicians, scientists, Buddhist teachers, and the Dalai Lama. Thoughtful, rigorous, and surprising by turns, this dialogue reminds all of us who care about the effects of the mind on health just how much more thinking remains to be done."

Anne Harrington, PhD, Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University, author of The Cure Within

"This book marks a milestone in the emerging field of contemplative sciences. With this book, you can relive a seminal 2005 Mind and Life conference that brought together world-famous neuroscientists, clinicians, and contemplative scholars in a dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This groundbreaking work explores the development of scientifically based tools and programs aimed at creating more balanced and healthy lives. How does stress evolve? What does it do to our minds and bodies? How can we use ancient mindfulness and meditative practices in our everyday, modern lives and also in clinical settings to reduce stress and cultivate healthier minds? This book is a must for everyone who is interested in making this world a more human place."

Tania Singer, PhD, Director, Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: 100 Lessons in Mindfulness Letting Everything Become Your Teacher:
100 Lessons in Mindfulness

By Jon Kabat-Zinn

Published by Random House


Just as with Arriving at Your Own Door, this little book is a product of collaboration with Hor Tuck Loon of Malaysia. It is a collection of 100 excerpts from Full Catastrophe Living, designed by Tuck Loon and set against original graphics. It is meant to be both an introduction to the essence and spirit of mindfulness as a practice and a way of being for those new to mindfulness, and also as a resource of gentle reminders for those hoping to deepen and enliven their lives in the face of stress, pain, and illness. The quotations are meant to trigger reflections and practical shifts in both attitude and action that can change the quality of the day, and of one's relationship to experience. There actually is a way to let everything become your teacher, to let life itself, and everything that unfolds within it — the "full catastrophe" of the human condition in the words of Zorba the Greek — shape your ongoing development and maturation as a human being, no matter how old you may be when you first come to it. Millions have followed this path to greater sanity, balance, and well-being, often in the face of huge stress, pain, illness, uncertainty, and sorrow. With the huge degrees of stress and pain that we are presently experiencing as a society due to the economic downturn and all the other conditions challenging our society at present, such as our on-going wars and persistent social inequities, never has there been a better time to cultivate mindfulness in both stillness and in action.

Whether you are trying to learn greater patience, cope with a persistent pain condition, deal with the enormity of the stress and personal challenges that we are presently facing, improve your relationships, including with yourself, or free yourself from various destructive emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, these deceptively simple meditations will remind you that you have deep interior resources to draw upon, the most important of which is your capacity for attention and the awareness that attending mindfully gives rise to. This can only happen in the present moment, another profound resource for healing with which we are often sorely out of touch. Regardless of your age, or whether you are familiar with the healing potential of mindfulness, this book can help you to honor, embrace, learn from, and grow into each moment of your life — no matter how challenging. (From the jacket flaps)

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Arriving at Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness Arriving at Your Own Door:
108 Lessons in Mindfulness

By Jon Kabat-Zinn

Published November, 2007

This little book of excerpts from Coming to Our Senses, set against beautiful original photo graphics by Hor Tuck Loon of Malaysia, is a perfect entrèe and support for a daily mindfulness practice... providing cogent reminders of what we may already know but too soon lose sight of. These 108 selections offer simple lessons of great wisdom and compassion in a contemporary and practical form that can lead to profound healing and transformation, inwardly and outwardly.

To safeguard what precious sanity is available to us on this planet as human beings, we urgently need to learn to rotate in consciousness to a more complete way of seeing and being. How we carry ourselves, each and every one of us, will determine the direction the world takes because, in a very real way, we are the world we inhabit. What we call "the world" is continually being shaped by our participation in everything around us and within us through mindfulness. This is the great work of awareness. Welcome to its threshold — and to the good fortune of arriving at your own door! (From the jacket flap).

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The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness The Mindful Way through Depression:
Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness.

Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn

Published by Guilford Press, June 2007

This book is the result of a collaboration of many years with Mark Williams of Oxford University, John Teasdale, formerly of Cambridge University, and Zindel Segal of the University of Toronto. They developed a program called Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), based in large measure on MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction), that has proven to be highly effective in dramatically reducing the likelihood of relapse in people with a history of major depression after they have been successfully treated. We wrote this book for anyone who has suffered from depression and has found it frustrating to get a long-term handle on it. A guided meditation CD (77 minutes) consisting of a range of mindfulness practices that are utilized in MBCT accompanies the book, voiced by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

In the book, we explain why our usual attempts to "think" our way out of a bad mood or just "snap out of it" can easily lead us even deeper into an ever-downward spiral of depression, as you may very well know from first-hand experience. Instead, we offer a radically different approach. Studies of MBCT have shown that a unified blend of meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness, coupled with elements of the theory, treatment practices, and insights of cognitive therapy provide practical and effective ways to recognize and then sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including seemingly endless currents of rumination and self-blame. This shift in perspective toward our thoughts and feelings, as well as how they express in our bodies and our lives, allows us to face life's challenges with far greater resilience, and, perhaps surprisingly, to taste far greater happiness, satisfaction, purpose, and well-being in our lives.

    The Mindful Way through Depression includes easy to implement strategies for:
  • Recognizing the early warning signs of depression so you can prevent them from building up and coalescing into a full-blown relapse
  • Living more in the present, and learning how not to get so caught up in dwelling on the past or worrying about the future
  • Experiencing the world directly, without the intervening commentary of your inner critic
  • Seeing negative thoughts as "mental events" that come and go like weather—not as permanent truths
  • Disengaging your personal "autopilot" and instead making active decisions that serve your true interests

"Using mindfulness training to prevent and treat depression is a novel strategy in the West, though it is a traditional application of Eastern meditation practice. Whether you struggle with depression or simply want to understand your mind and emotions better, you will find this book accessible and useful. Depression is epidemic in our society, and I would love to see this sensible treatment approach gain ground."

Andrew Weil, MD
Author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and Healthy Aging

"A revolutionary treatment approach. For depression sufferers, this is a truly useful guide to achieving emotional balance. For mental health professionals, it should be mandatory reading. I recommend this book and companion CD most highly."

Daniel Goleman, PhD
Author of Emotional Intelligence

"An invaluable resource not only for those who suffer from depression, but for anyone familiar with the downward spiral of negative thinking and self-doubt. The authors of this book explore the reasons for depression and give us guidance and support, along with useful tools to find a way through it."

Sharon Salzberg
Author of The Force of Kindness

"If I could select one group of individuals for people to really pay attention to when grappling with chronic unhappiness, I could not think of a better group than these authors. Not only are they consummate scientists, but they are each personally immersed in the moment-to-moment mindfulness that they teach. This book brings together the contemplative practices of both science and insight meditation in an effective fashion that is understandable to the ordinary person -- no esoteric practice or mental health background is necessary. Read it and see for yourself!"

Marsha M. Linehan, PhD
Department of Psychology, University of Washington

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Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness Coming to Our Senses:
Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness

Published by Hyperion
January 2005

This book is a rhapsody in eight parts on the transformative power of mindfulness in our personal lives and in our lives as individuals embedded in the larger world. Dr. Kabat-Zinn describes how, through paying attention, by both literally and metaphorically coming to our senses, we can live our lives much more as if they really mattered and realize the full extent our potential as human beings in ways both little and big. He reminds us that living in this way is the adventure of a lifetime, and that it is both tremendously freeing and profoundly healing to be present in the only moments in which we ever have to live. He explains that meditation is not what you think, whatever you think it is, all puns intended, and that in our attention deficit disorder society, the power of training ourselves to pay attention wisely and effectively in the face of chronic "dis-ease" and disease is no longer a luxury but an absolute necessity for our emotional, physical, and spiritual health, again, as individuals and as a society.

This book builds on all of Dr. Kabat-Zinn's previous work, and extends the reader's practical understanding of how to implement the practice of mindfulness meditation in meaningful ways in his or her life. It offers an entirely new level of both understanding and practice. Through personal stories of his own early experiences with meditation and meditation teachers, through the effective use of extraordinary poetry, through simple explanations of the science of the mind and body connection set in the context of the history of the universe and of the evolution of life and of our species, and through describing the roots of mindfulness in the Buddhist tradition and how mindfulness is not itself Buddhist at all but really a universal pathway to sanity and well-being, Dr. Kabat-Zinn paints a comprehensive and compelling picture of our true potential as a species for healing or own destructive tendencies and for living more meaningful lives of deep satisfaction, well-being, and happiness through cultivating and embodying what is already deepest and best in ourselves, starting always and in each moment from where we are now - with huge acceptance and loving kindness toward ourselves, whatever our circumstances.

Formal and informal mindfulness practices making use of all our senses - the five traditional ones and others - including the mind itself and its capacity for awareness, are described in great detail with simple and practical suggestions all along the way for implementing their embodiment in our everyday lives through seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, and knowing what is being experienced in any moment. An entire section describes the science of the mind/body connection and the results of a number of studies from Dr. Kabat-Zinn's work in the Stress Reduction Clinic that show the effects of mindfulness and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) on our potential for healing and for not only coping, but even thriving in the face of chronic levels of stress, as well as working with chronic medical conditions, physical and emotional pain, and disease. Other sections describe in deeply personal as well as universal terms, various aspects of the challenges we face in coming to our senses in this time-accelerated world of perpetual multi-tasking, the potential for mindfulness and what has been learned in mind/body medicine over the past thirty years to diagnose, treat, and effectively heal the body politic as well as the body, and how all this fits into a comprehensive view of our small planet and its fragility and how important the refining of our species' innate capacity for wisdom and compassion is to its short and long-term health, and our own. The book maintains a light and humorful tone throughout, consistent with the suggestion that mindfulness itself is really a way of being, and a way of seeing, one that is far too important and serious for us to take too seriously without a huge dose of lightheartedness and an appreciation for our own pratfalls and self-induced delusions, especially about who we are and where we are going when we forget our deeper nature and drift far from it in both our minds and our lives.

"a passionate tour de force" - Publishers Weekly

"Jon Kabat-Zinn writes clearly and persuasively about the need for us to bring full awareness to the present moment - not only to achieve personal peace and healing, but to heal our ailing world. I am particularly taken by his discussion of 'orthogonal reality,' a sort of rotation in consciousness that can open new possibilities for individuals, institutions, and nations. This is a deeply optimistic book, grounded in good science and filled with practical recommendations for moving in the right direction."

Andrew Weil, MD
Author of Spontaneous Healing

"Jon Kabat-Zinn once again inspires, delights, and awakens us. His scientific knowledge, poetic vision, and depth of meditative understanding illuminate so much about our human condition and our spiritual potential. A brilliant work, both timely and timeless."

Joseph Goldstein
Author of One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism

"Coming to Our Senses invites us to sanity, offering a practical, life-altering way to cut through the clutter of our minds and fine what truly matters. Jon Kabat-Zinn shines as a wise, down-to-earth, and just plain fun guide to our own basic goodness. His is a sensible – and sensational – wake-up call, one we all should heed."

Daniel Goleman
Author of Emotional Intelligence

"Once again, Jon Kabat-Zinn is on the cutting edge. Coming to Our Senses is thoughtful and provocative, ranging from deeply personal to broadly political. Its relevance is unquestionable. It leaves us inspired and optimistic that true healing really is possible."

Sharon Salzberg
Author of Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience

"A loving, profound, whimsical, wise, genuine, intimate, surprising, scholarly, liberating, brilliant, and practical look at how we can become who we fully are and be trusted with the future of the world."

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
Author of Kitchen Table Wisdom

"A wealth of information about the miracles that mindfulness can work in our everyday lives. The chapter on the author's experience when his father had Alzheimer's disease is particularly powerful. Dr. Kabat-Zinn's work has already helped large numbers of people use mindfulness to prevent a next heart attack. Now he is back to show how mindfulness can help us to prevent a next terrorist attack. I hope that many world leaders will give his recommendations serious consideration."

Thich Nhat Hanh
Author of Peace is Every Step

"This is a remarkable book, in its vast scope and for its great depth, a modern classic, bringing together for the reader the riches of modern science and the great traditional wisdom of the east. A powerful and compassionate vision."

Joan Halifax, Abbot
Upaya Zen Center

"Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the finest teachers of mindfulness you will ever encounter. This book invites you to discover the ease, joy, and freedom that mindfulness brings."

Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.
Author of A Path With Heart

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Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness – 15th Anniversary Edition Full Catastrophe Living:
Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness – 15th Anniversary Edition – with a New Introduction by the Author

by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Published by Random House 2005

A practical, step-by-step guide to mindfulness meditation, based on the eight-week program of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, which over sixteen thousand medical patients have successfully completed in the past 25 years. This book describes a self-guided training program in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) to develop relaxation, calmness, and self-awareness, a reliable foundation for facing the "full catastrophe" of stress, pain, and illness - indeed, of life itself. From the point of view of mindfulness, as long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than wrong with you, even if you are sick or troubled or in pain and things in your life feel dark and out of control. What is "right" with you holds the key for regaining control of your life and growing beyond your problems. Through the practice of mindfulness, you can learn to build on your fundamental strength and vitality and imagination, whether or not you know they exist when you start out.

"This is simply the best popular book on health I have read in years. It offers a guide for personal transformation that can literally save your life."

Steven Locke, M.D. Harvard Medical School
Co-author of The Healer Within

" I strongly recommend this book for everyone who wants to begin healing their life."

Dean Ornish, M.D.
Author of Love and Survival and Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for the Reversal of Heart Disease

"A wonderful guidebook for those of us who choose life and healing."

Bernie Siegel, M.D.
Author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles

"A practical guide... to accomplishing that elusive goal of integrating spiritual practice into daily life."

Joseph Goldstein
Author of One Dharma, co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom

"This book can be described as a door opening both on the dharma (from the side of the world) and on the world (from the side of the dharma). When the dharma is really taking care of the problems of life, it is true dharma. And this is what I appreciate most about this book."

Thich Nhat Hanh
Author of The Miracle of Mindfulness and Peace is Every Step

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Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life – 10th Anniversary Edition Wherever You Go, There You Are:
Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life – 10th Anniversary Edition – with a new Afterword by the Author

This book maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in one's own life. It speaks both to those coming to meditation for the first time, and to longtime practitioners, anyone who cares deeply about reclaiming the richness of his or her moments. Brief, humorful chapters full of stories and poetry, convey the heart and the spirit of mindfulness practice and encourage you to find your own ways to incorporate mindfulness into your life.

"Rather than withdrawing from the world, meditation can help you enjoy it more fully, more effectively, and more peacefully. In Wherever You Go, There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn provides access to the essense of meditation and its applications for both the beginner and those who wish to deepen and expand their practice. He embodies what he describes."

Dean Ornish, M.D.
Author of Love and Survival and Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for the Reversal
of Heart Disease

"Want to meet the most interesting, exciting person you will ever know– Let Jon Kabat-Zinn introduce you to YOU. Nowhere else in the literature of meditation can you find so simple and commonsensical a path to yourself."

Norman Lear
Television producer, Los Angeles

"This book shines with an exquisite simplicity and straightforwardness. Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the best teachers of mindfulness you will ever meet."

Jack Kornfield
Author of A Path with Heart

"Ideally, meditation is not something we do, but is something we live. Wherever You Go, There You Are points the way to this living spirit with clarity, easy and poetry."

Sharon Salzberg
Author of Faith, Lovingkindness, and A Heart as Wide as the World

"Future historians may well decide that the introduction of meditation into the Western world was one of the significant events of the twentieth century and that Jon Kabat-Zinn was one of its most effective advocates."

Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D.
Author of The Spirit of Shamanism

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