Full Catastrophe Living: Using The Wisdom Of Your Body And Mind To Face Stress, Pain, And Illness by Jon Kabat-zinnFull Catastrophe Living: Using The Wisdom Of Your Body And Mind To Face Stress, Pain, And Illness by Jon Kabat-zinn

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

byJon Kabat-zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh

Paperback | May 1, 1990

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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.
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 year...
Title:Full Catastrophe Living: Using The Wisdom Of Your Body And Mind To Face Stress, Pain, And IllnessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.21 × 6.11 × 1.06 inPublished:May 1, 1990Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Empowering, reassuring, inspiring! Easy to read, interesting, thorough, fact-based, compassionate, empowering, encouraging, inspiring... If you're dealing with any kind of stress, pain, anxiety or panic, this book provides a road map to better health and wholeness for anyone who wants to better understand themselves and take control of their own lives! READ IT! What have you go to lose?
Date published: 2007-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mindfullness Meditation Kabat-Zinn has written an excellent book on "mindfulness". I attend a Mindfull Mediation course at Sunnybrook Hospital geared towards patients with pain issues. Kabat-Zinn is the book that the course is based on, and provieds an incredible referece on understanding your current state, and building skills to improve upon how you handle stressful, or painfull challenges. But also incorporates mindfullenss in everything you do, from really esperiencing the food you have prepared and digested, or how you might take a walk and see things in an enlighten state (trees more vibrant, a rainbow, the clouds and the air we breath). This book takes you on a journey that offers you a more peaceful life with new found strength and fortitude. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to find their inner strength and your ability to take life as it comes with all itts beauty, challenges, and learned experiances. Read this book and you could make some very poisitive strides in your life.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book saved my life If you're curious about meditation read this book. If you're curious about the 'mind-body' connection, read this book. If you are suffering physically, emotionally and/or spiritually this book can really help. Following the programme teaches you to understand and view suffering from a perspective that radically reduces suffering. Ironic, but true. When I first discovered this book ten years ago my life was a 'full catastrophe' Several deaths in the family, breast cancer, heart surgery depression...and that's just scratching the surface. This programme, which is still very relevant today, has truly given me 'a new lease on life'.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book is my new bible.
Date published: 2003-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!! This book has changed my life dramatically. I suffer from a number of illnesses including osteroporosis, osteoarthitis, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, severe clinical depression and kidney disease. I have tried narcotic pain relievers, antidepressants, exercise, natural remedies, massage therapy, swimming, and whatever else any sympathetic friend and/or doctor suggested with only temporary relief. I have experienced pain daily for 20 years and after reading this book, I cannot describe the immense relief I experience daily. "Full Catastrophe Living" is easy to read, easy to follow, and if you truly need to find relief from the many stresses of today, this is the book to read!The meditation practices taught in this book can be done whenever you need a "boost" or to relieve tension. You will see things in a different light, learn to appreciate everything life has to offer, even if you have chronic pain or are having difficulty getting through each day. I am learning to live "moment by moment" helping me to deal with numerous stresses (financial, health, employment, etc.)much more effectively. I would never have believed the possibilities had I not read this book and use its teachings. Thank you Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Date published: 2000-11-08

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Chapter TwelveGlimpses of Wholeness, Delusions of SeparatenessHave 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 of the people in the family. What could I say to him?Never mind dogs. What about a bird, or a cat, or a tree, or a flower, or a rhinoceros?! They are all quite miraculous really. When you really look at one, you can hardly believe it exists; there it is, this perfect thing, just being what it is, complete in itself. Any imaginative child could have dreamed up a rhinoceros, or an elephant, or a giraffe. But they didn't get here as the product of a child's imagination. The universe is spinning these dreams. They come out of the universe, as do we.It doesn't hurt to keep this in mind on a daily basis. It would help us to be more mindful. All life is fascinating and beautiful when the veil of our routinized thinking lifts, even for a moment.There are many different ways of looking at any thing or event or process. A dog is just a dog. In one way there is nothing special about it; at the same time it is extraordinary, even miraculous. It all depends on how you are looking at it. We might say that it is both ordinary and extraordinary. The dog doesn't change when you change the way you look. It is always just what it is. That is why dogs and flowers and mountains and the sea are such great teachers. They reflect your own mind. It is your mind that changes.When your mind changes, new possibilities tend to arise. In fact everything changes when you can see things on different levels simultaneously, when you can see fullness and connectedness as well as individuality and separateness. Your thinking expands in scope. This can be a profoundly liberating experience. It can take you beyond your limited preoccupations with yourself. It can put things in a larger perspective. It will certainly change the way you relate to the dog.When you observe things through the lens of mindfulness, whether it be during formal meditation practice or in daily living, you invariably begin to appreciate things in a new way because your very perceptions change. Ordinary experiences may suddenly be seen as extraordinary. This does not mean that they stop being ordinary. Each is still just what it is. It's just that now you are appreciating them more in their fullness.Chapter ThirteenOn HealingWhen we use the word healing to describe the experiences of people in the stress clinic, what we mean above all is that they are undergoing a profound transformation of view. This transformation is brought about by the encounter with one's own wholeness, catalyzed by the meditation practice. When we glimpse our own completeness in the stillness of any moment, when we directly experience ourself during the body scan or the sitting or while practicing the yoga as whole in that moment and also as part of a larger whole, a new and profound coming to terms with our problems and our suffering begins to take place. We begin to see both ourselves and our problems differently, namely from a perspective of wholeness. This transformation of view creates an entirely different context within which we can see and work with our problems, however serious they may be. It is a perceptual shift away from fragmentation and isolation toward wholeness and connectedness. With this change of perspective comes a shift from feeling out of control and beyond help (helpless and pessimistic) to a sense of the possible, a sense of acceptance and inner peace and control. Healing always involves an attitudinal and emotional transformation. Sometimes, but not always, it is also accompanied by a major reduction in physical symptoms and by improvement in a person's physical condition.This transformation of view comes about in many different ways as people immerse themselves in mindfulness-meditation practice. In the stress clinic, sometimes people have sudden and dramatic experiences during meditation that lead them to new ways of seeing. More frequently people speak of moments of simply feeling deeply relaxed or confident. Many times they don't even recognize such experiences at the time they are happening as being particularly important, although they often can't remember having had such an experience before. These incremental transformations can be quite subtle. Yet they can be as profound or even more so than the more dramatic ones. Dramatic or subtle, such shifts in perspective are signs of seeing with eyes of wholeness. Out of this shift in perspective comes an ability to act with greater balance and inner security in the world, especially when encountering stress or pain.

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