Synopses & Reviews
“Happy 15th birthday to one of the great classics of mind/body medicine! More than any other, Full Catastrophe Living
is the book that enabled Americans to discover the inner life. This book has brought peace of mind to hundreds and thousands of people and healed countless lives. This is your chance to let it heal yours.”
–Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom
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 book 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…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.
A practical guide not only to mindfulness meditation and healing, but daily life. --Joseph Goldstein, Insight Meditation Society, author of One Dharma and coauthor of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom
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 their life.--Dean Ornish, M.D., author of Stress, Diet, and Your Heart and Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for the Reversal of Heart Disease
Happy 15th birthday to one of the great classics of mind/body medicine More than any other, Full Catastrophe Living is the book that enabled Americans to discover the inner life. This book has brought peace of mind to hundreds and thousands of people and healed countless lives. This is your chance to let it heal yours. --Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom a
This program of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
About the Author
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, and founder (in 1979) and former director of its world-renowned Stress Reduction Clinic. His work has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions in our society such as medicine, health care and hospitals, schools, corporations, prisons, and professional sports. In addition to Full Catastrophe Living, Kabat-Zinn's books include Wherever You Go, There You Are and Everyday Blessings. They have been translated into over fifteen foriegn languages, including German, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, French, Spanish, Russian, Portugese, Hebrew and Korean. His series of Mindfulness Meditation Practice tapes were created to be used in conjunction with Full Catastrophe Living and Wherever You Go. Dr. Kabat-Zinn lives in Lexington, Massachussets.
Table of Contents
You have only moments to live -- The foundation of mindfulness practice: attitudes and commitment -- The power of breathing: your unsuspected ally in the healing process -- Sitting meditation: nourishing the domain of being -- Being in your body: the body-scan technique -- Cultivating strength, balance, and flexibility: yoga is meditation -- Walking meditation -- A day of mindfulness -- Really doing what you're doing: mindfulness in daily life -- Getting started in the practice -- Introduction to the paradigm -- Glimpses of wholeness, delusions of separateness -- On healing -- Doctors, patients, and people: moving toward a unified perspective on health and illness -- Mind and body: evidence that beliefs, attitudes, thoughts, and emotions can harm or heal -- Connectedness -- Stress -- Change: one thing you can be sure of -- Stuck in stress reactivity -- Responding to stess instead of reacting -- Working with symptoms: listening to your body -- Working with physical pain: your pain is not you -- More on pain -- Working with emotional pain: your suffering is not you...but there is much you can do to heal it -- Working with fear, panic, and anxiety -- Time and time stress -- Sleep and sleep stress -- People stress -- Role stress -- Work stress -- Food stress -- World stress -- New beginnings -- Keeping up the formal practice -- Keeping up the informal practice -- The way of awareness.