Full Catastrophe Living: Using The Wisdom Of Your Body And Mind To Face Stress, Pain, And Illness

by Jon Kabat-zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh

Random House Publishing Group | May 1, 1990 | Trade Paperback

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Stress. 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 512 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: May 1, 1990

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385303122

ISBN - 13: 9780385303125

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Full Catastrophe Living: Using The Wisdom Of Your Body And Mind To Face Stress, Pain, And Illness

Full Catastrophe Living: Using The Wisdom Of Your Body And Mind To Face Stress, Pain, And Illness

by Jon Kabat-zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 512 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: May 1, 1990

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385303122

ISBN - 13: 9780385303125

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Chapter Twelve Glimpses of Wholeness, Delusions of Separateness Have you ever looked at a dog and really seen it in its total "dogness"? A dog is quite miraculous when you really see it. What is it? Where did it come from? Where is it going? What is it doing here? Why is it shaped the way it is? What is its "view" of things, of the neighborhood? What are its feelings? Children tend to think about things this way. Their vision is fresh. They see things as if for the first time every time. Sometimes our seeing gets tired. We just see a dog. "If you''ve seen one, you''ve seen them all." So we barely see it at all. We tend to see more through our thoughts and opinions than through our eyes. Our thoughts act as a kind of veil preventing us from seeing things with fresh eyes. What comes into view is identified by the thinking, categorizing mind and quickly framed: a dog. This mind actually prevents us from seeing the dog in its fullness. It processes and categorizes the "dog" signal very quickly in our brain and then moves on to do the same to the next perception or thought. When my son was two years old, he wanted to know if there was a person inside of our dog. It warmed my heart to see through his eyes in that moment. I knew why he was asking. Sage was a real family member. He had his rightful place. His presence was felt, he participated in the psychic space of the house, he was a complete being, as much a "personality" as any o
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Stress. 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.

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"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 and My Grandfather's Blessings

"A wonderful guidebook for those of us who choose life and healing. I hope you all make the choice and read the book." -Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles and Peace, Love, and Healing

About the Author

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as well as professor of medicine emeritus. He lives in the Boston area. Hor Tuck Loon has been guiding meditation for the past twenty years, drawing parallels from many ancient wisdom teachings and also from his years of experience in the journey of mindfulness. He lives in Malaysia.

From Our Editors

The founder of the Stress Reduction Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center explains how to use "mindfulness"--moment-to-moment awareness--to cope with both illness and the everyday tensions encountered in life

Editorial Reviews

"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 and My Grandfather''s Blessings

"A wonderful guidebook for those of us who choose life and healing. I hope you all make the choice and read the book." -Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles and Peace, Love, and Healing
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