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Friday, 31 May 2013

Mindfulness for Beginners

Mindfulness for Beginners 


Mindfulness for Beginners - Audiobook by Jon Kabat-Zinn


This an excellent, gentle and easily accessible introduction.

It achieves what it sets out to do, which is to provide a philosophical framework for a meditation practice and the very basics of starting one.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. is executive director at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He is the founder and former director of the UMMC Stress Reduction Clinic and an associate professor of medicine in the division of preventive and behavioral medicine.

Using mindfulness meditation, Kabat-Zinn works to help people reduce stress and deal with chronic pain, and a variety of illnesses, particularly breast cancer. He was a trainer for the 1984 U.S. Men's Olympic Rowing Team and is especially interested in reducing the stress-related problems in the inner city and in prison populations.

John Kabat-Zinn has served as a recognized bridge between science and meditation. With Mindfulness for Beginners, he offers the definitive course designed specifically to introduce new students to the proven benefits of mindfulness practice, including: stress reduction, alleviation of depression, chronic pain relief, and more.

In general, meditative practices are divided into concentration practices (narrowing the attention) and mindfulness practices (awareness is expanded in a detached way). On the this CD, all of the practices are termed mindfulness practices, but the CD actually contains both types which in essence are about attending to different aspects of reality in different ways.

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“Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the finest teachers 
of mindfulness you will ever encounter.”

—JACK KORNFIELD
Author of A Path with Heart

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