Coming to Our Senses Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness Now in paperback the guide to living a meaningful life from the world stress expert The journey toward health and sanity is nothing less than an invitation to wake up to the fullness of our lives as

  • Title: Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness
  • Author: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • ISBN: 9780786886548
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • Now in paperback, the guide to living a meaningful life from the world stress expert The journey toward health and sanity is nothing less than an invitation to wake up to the fullness of our lives as if they actually mattered Jon Kabat Zinn, from the Introduction Ten years ago, Jon Kabat Zinn changed the way we thought about awareness in everyday life with hisNow in paperback, the guide to living a meaningful life from the world stress expert The journey toward health and sanity is nothing less than an invitation to wake up to the fullness of our lives as if they actually mattered Jon Kabat Zinn, from the Introduction Ten years ago, Jon Kabat Zinn changed the way we thought about awareness in everyday life with his now classic introduction to mindfulness, Wherever You Go, There You Are Now, with Coming to Our Senses, he provides the definitive book for our time on the connection between mindfulness and our physical and spiritual wellbeing With scientific rigor, poetic deftness, and compelling personal stories, Jon Kabat Zinn examines the mysteries and marvels of our minds and bodies, describing simple, intuitive ways in which we can come to a deeper understanding, through our senses, of our beauty, our genius, and our life path in a complicated, fear driven, and rapidly changing world In each of the book s eight parts, Jon Kabat Zinn explores another facet of the great adventure of healing ourselves and our world through mindful awareness, with a focus on the sensescapes of our lives and how a intentional awareness of the senses, including the human mind itself, allows us to live fully and authentically By coming to our senses both literally and metaphorically by opening to our innate connectedness with the world around us and within us we can become compassionate, embodied, aware human beings, and in the process, contribute to the healing of the body politic as well as our own lives in ways both little and big.

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    1. A wise book about being mindful and living life to its fullest, this is a book that I've read before and will read again, containing as it does so much sage guidance. It is long, perhaps being therefore intimidating to first-time readers, particularly if one reads it as one is inclined to read most books, consuming it in large gulps over several days. Instead, this should be read in tiny bites, perhaps two pages a day, slowly and carefully chewed, swallowed, and digested, maybe even reading with [...]

    2. This is an in depth book about the history, development and experience and effect of meditation. It isn't about religion although the development of meditation is an integral part of the religious tradition in East and therefore always present. Kabat-Zinn covered the physical/medical benefits of meditation on stress in his earlier book, Full Catastrophe Living. This was the text for a course I took on the practice of meditation for stress management some years ago. My personal experience meshes [...]

    3. This book describes mindfulness - a practice for paying careful attention to the present moment and using meditation to focus that attention - and its potential benefits, from nearly every angle. I'd recommend it highly for those already interested, and at least somewhat versed, in mindfulness. For those with little interest or experience, large sections of the book might come across as lofty, verbose and too conceptual to help ground their mindfulness practice. That might just be my personal ex [...]

    4. Compared with "Full Catastrophe Living" (by the same author), this one wasn't as seminal for me; however, the very brief, almost stream-of-consciousness chapters in this one allow the author to touch on a lot of topics linked with mindfulness, and helped reinforce the need for us to connect to what we are going through now, moment by moment and breath by breath, rather than fixating on the past or the future all the time or dwelling in a "virtual" reality. Some chapters were particularly great; [...]

    5. Kabat-Zinn has brought East and West together in his remarkable career. He shares his work from the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre which has established the ability of mindfulness training to reduce pain and improve wellbeing in many different medical conditions. He explains how simple mindfulness exercises can for example speed up the healing of psoriatic plaques. He describes the process by which CBT psychotherapists come to him for direction on incorporating mindfulness into CBT f [...]

    6. This was a long yet important and useful read. At 609 pages (not including references, suggested reading, and index!), it felt like I was reading some sort of Bible-equivalent for mindfulness. At this point in my mindfulness journey, it was perfect. I wouldn't really recommend it to a newbie just for the potential of burnout. I think his "Wherever You Go, There You Are" is a much better intro.The last 100 pages or so dealt with politics and how much our world leaders could use mindfulness and so [...]

    7. I adore JKZ. I needed this book! I was lucky to attend a workshop on "mindfulness and education" in which JKZ was one of the instructors, and this book was recommended reading, which is why I got it. I highly recommend it for its introduction to the importance of mindfulness, and for JKZ's views on things. I will try to elaborate later, as I found this book so meaningful to me that I am finding it hard to summarize.Oh, and the book is good for the poetry alone -- he often puts a poem in between [...]

    8. How can you not appreciate Jon Kabat-Zinn? He opened the stress-reduction clinic in 1979 based on mindfulness practice. I read Full Catastrophe Living years ago, and this book is a great companion and expansion of what Kabat-Zinn has learned in the interim years. I'd like to require this in a poetry writing class, not just because JKZ knows and quote poetry, but because poetry is about coming to your senses. Pay attention. To yourself. To the soundscape, the touchscape, the sightscape, tastescap [...]

    9. In my humble, opinion, many of the chapters are as powerful and thought provoking as any Kabat-Zinn I have read. Many chapters are more theoretical ruminations or metaphors. This is definitely not the book to begin learning the basics of mindfulness. BUT, do go back and mine for the nuggets when you understand more than the basics.

    10. If you want to learn all about meditation in one book, this is for you. Short chapters and definitely written for people new to meditation. Given that I am not new to meditation and it's a VERY thick book and a bit repetitive I didn't finish it. What can I say so many other books, so little time.

    11. I didn't like the style of writing of this book - almost every paragraph contained sentences that ran on and on and on and on, expressing the same idea over and over and over and over.I think the idea of this book is good, but I didn't actually make it all the way through the book - it was driving me crazy (not conducive to mindfulness at all!)

    12. Not my favorite by one of my favorite authors. So many good messages, but too long to get the messages across to all but the devoted.

    13. Enthält neben viel sinnvoller Einleitung, über die andere schon in deutlicheren Worten weniger Papier verbraucht haben, leider auch unfassbar viel Geschwafel. Viel von dem Geschwafel klingt nicht mehr ganz so abstrus, wenn man sich mehr mit der Materie beschäftigt hat. Trotzdem würde ich behaupten, dass jeder kritische Mensch einige Überwindung aufbringen muss, um dieses Buch von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite fertigzulesen.

    14. Not my favorite JKZ book, but definitely in the same vein as his other works on mindfulness practice. And I love the title.

    15. To me this book is like the Tao te Ching but 500 pages longer. What can I tell you? If you're dense like me sometimes you need the longer explanation. Heehee!

    16. I didn't really finish this book. Lots of skimming and page turning. Too dense. Nothing like Wherever You Go There You Are. I wonder who the intended audience was?

    17. I like to think of this as the mindfulness manual: it's an absolute essential to read for anyone interested in waking up. Near the end I did skip a few chapters that didn't interest me, but in general, this book was a hefty but worthy read.

    18. La obra esencial sobre mindfulness. Donde está desarrollada la raíz de todo lo que aparece en sus posteriores y más amables libros. Imprescindible para practicantes de esta disciplinas y otras adyacentes.

    19. I gave this one the old college try, but it's just not working for me. I actually think it's a fine book, with some really insightful gems, like the excellent and succinct description of Buddhism in the "Dharma" chapter and this passage about individual experience:"Since awareness at first blush seems to be a subjective experience, it is hard for us not to think that we are the subject, the thinker, the feeler, the seer, the doer and as such, the very center of the universe, the very center of t [...]

    20. According to my page, I began reading this over a year ago. It is the type of book you read a little at a time, and maybe apply some of what your reading. I have the utmost respect for Jon Kabat-Zinn; I’ve referenced him about a million times, he’s pretty much the foremost American authority on Mindfulness. I fell in love with the first book of his I read, “Wherever You Go, There You Are”. That’ll always be one of my top recommended books for mindfulness and meditation. With this book [...]

    21. Another huge book, with life changing ideas. This is a book to be read slowly, and to mark pages to come back to, and indeed, I think it is the kind of book that needs to be read, more than once, to be dog eared an battered because that is probably the only way to get the full value of this book and what it has to say. It has many things that will make you think, ponder, and rethink, but also some down to earth practical advice on how to bring mindfullness into your own life, to make it work, an [...]

    22. This is a very worthwhile read - even at 600+ pages. I read it immediately after a more "academic" treatise about the melding of CBT and mindfulness, which I enjoyed. Perhaps because of the juxtaposition of the two reads, I enjoyed the personal anecdotes and occasional humor in "Coming To Our Senses".On the downside, although JKZ claims not to be a Buddhist, he certainly spouts quite a lot of Zen and other eastern mysticism.I was also particularly struck by his repeated use of the term "heart" f [...]

    23. Jon Kabat-Zinn implores the reader to take a step back from their everyday life and notice the world around them, in his book, "Coming to Our Senses." The text is an intimidating 609 pages, however, the author breaks the book into eight independent sections guided by their specific didactic intents. Teaching lessons about meditation, mindfulness, and present moment awareness; Kabat-Zinn has provided us a textbook for improving our everyday experience of life naturally and immediately. What I rea [...]

    24. Well, I discovered how difficult it was to read this book mindfully when my mind was racing ahead to September and school starting up! I also had to return this to the library, so felt a bit pressured about getting it read by a certain date. This book is all about mindfulness! With over 600 pages, I found this book to be somewhat daunting. It is thoughtfully and beautifully written, but somewhat redundant at times. I found myself skipping over chunks that didn't particularly interest me (my impa [...]

    25. Too much for me. Drawn out. Tedious. A bit arid. This book and I were not meant to get together. I have read several other books on this subject (which is really the heart of where I am in life right now!) by a variety of writers and found them engaging and challenging. This one is far too long! After a while, even skimming started to feel pointless. I have lost all motivation to complete the book.Perhaps I will return to this tome in a few years, after my practice is well established, and I wil [...]

    26. This was my second reading of this book and I find that, as usual, have enjoyed and learned more at my second reading. This book is not for the one uninitiated in either Buddhist or yoga practices and one not interested in the philosophical aspects thereof. The sheer size of the book, more than 600 pages can be a problem. But for those without such constraints it is a very informative volume that delves into the multi-dimensional aspects is interesting. Whether Kabat-Zinn is discussing meditatio [...]

    27. An all time favorite. Don't really do the meditation but I reread it on a regular basis. The chapter called "Nowscape" is quite profound. "Now is the future of the previous moment just past, and the future of all those moments that were before that one. Remember back in your own life for a moment, to when you were a child, or an adolescent, or a young adult, or to any other period already gone. This is that future. The you you were hoping to become, it is you. Right here. Right now. You are it. [...]

    28. This book contained many inspirational ideas for enhancing one's awareness, but boy, it could have used a good editor. About 2/3 of the way through I got bogged down and had trouble ever getting un-bogged. Sentences that run a paragraph long aren't always a bad thing, but too often in this book they were. One of my favorite stories tells the answer a wise Buddhist monk gave a student to the question "How do I become a Buddha?" The monk replied, "Attention." The student said, "Is that all?" and t [...]

    29. I'd have given this book more stars but it simply goes on too long, repeating and reiterating its primary message to the point where it almost works against it. The book seems like a collection of essays, individually fascinating, but collectively overwhelming. Kabat-Zinn is a good writer, and his message of being mindful, living in the present, and opening our awareness to what is real is very potent. It's not original, of course, but in this day and age it's one we cannot hear too much. This b [...]

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