I read this when it was first published and I was in my mid-twenties. A lot of what she said about cancer & illness & health really resonatedI read this when it was first published and I was in my mid-twenties. A lot of what she said about cancer & illness & health really resonated with me; my mother died of cancer when I was 11 and I’d known other people who had also died of cancer. But, society has changed quite a bit since then, in a positive way, so I’m not sure how much the material in here is still applicable. But, at the time, it seemed powerful and insightful....more
I actually agree with a lot of what's said in here about the optimal diet for humans, even though I don't plan on ever going raw. Of course not all veI actually agree with a lot of what's said in here about the optimal diet for humans, even though I don't plan on ever going raw. Of course not all vegan foods are healthy, but I think it’s best to eat a whole foods vegan diet that includes plenty of cooked foods, not that I eat that way either.
I’m not really convinced about the basic tenets proposed, even though I think the diet suggested is much healthier than the standard American Diet (SAD). I’m very skeptical about such claims as coconut being good for us, which is commonly claimed among raw food proponents, not just in this book.
It's crazy that this book doesn't have an index; it makes it unnecessarily difficult to go back and reread something, and it makes the book seem less professional somehow. ...more
This is the book that got me started on a mindfulness meditation practice.
Of course, at around the same time I was reading it, I took a MBSR (mindfulThis is the book that got me started on a mindfulness meditation practice.
Of course, at around the same time I was reading it, I took a MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) class and was working with a mindfulness psychotherapist, so it’s hard to review the book on its own; the class was essential for me as just reading the book might not have spurred me on. Meditation is very difficult, especially at the beginning, at least it was/is for me. And, even though Kabat-Zinn says it's not at all essential and I've been practicing on my own, I do believe a continuing weekly meditation &/or yoga class is beneficial in being able to continue a regular practice indefinitely.
But Jon Kabat-Zinn is very personable and down to earth and communicates well. This is a terrific introduction to mindfulness meditation. It gives info on why meditation is beneficial and what exactly it is & how to meditate, something that I had not intuitively known.
Kabat-Zinn is a master at making meditation accessible and appealing for people like me who aren’t Buddhist or religious/spiritual.
I’d read the author’s Wherever You Go There You Are when it was first published, but read the 15th anniversary edition of this book in 2007. A very few facts in here are dated, but almost everything imparted is still pertinent. When this book was published, I assume most of this information would have struck me as amazing; now, a lot of it was already known to me.
But, if I continue with the meditation practice (mostly sitting meditation, with some body scanning & walking meditation & yoga as well), this book might end up being life changing for me.
And I just love the title, and the reason for it is fully explained in the book....more