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Mindfulness for Beginners

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,220 ratings  ·  270 reviews
What if you could profoundly change your life just by becoming more mindful of your breathing? According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, you can. What if paying attention on purpose (and nonjudgmentally) could improve your health? Again, according to Dr. Kabat-Zinn--it can.

On Mindfulness for Beginners, this internationally known scientist, bestselling author, and teacher who brought m
Audiobook, 2 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Sounds True (first published 2006)
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Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Ah, I get it; I think. I couldn’t help but think of a hybrid Mr Rogers and Bob Ross reading.
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, meditation
Easily the best book on meditation that I've read. For people like me, who have really struggled with meditation, are extremely suspicious of new-age speak and approach meditation from a very analytical rather than an emotional or free-spirited way of thinking, it's perfect. Kabat-Zinn is really good at outlining the rational justifications for mindfulness and the practical applications of it, as well as explaining how lack of mindfulness can impact and rule one's life, and as much as I hate to ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Awarenessing. Awarenessing is what Jon Kabat-Zinn calls the act of being aware and present.

I suck at mediation. I've tried it in the past but it's always been difficult for me. I have a very active brain. Very, very active. It's the reason why I'm not really into watching TV/movies - I don't need any additional stimulation. O_O

I first learned about Mindfulness via a televised interview of Jon Kabat-Zinn. My husband was intrigued and immediately started re
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't recommend the audiobook of this highly enough. It's short, simple, surprisingly funny at times, and a great introduction to mindfulness. Even if you're already familiar with the concepts, it is always helpful to bring a "beginner's mind" to the practice.
Leslie Reese
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"We are very much in the habit of thinking of ourselves in small, contracted ways---and of identifying with the content of our thoughts, emotions, and the narrative we build about ourselves---based on how much we like or dislike what is happening to us. This is our default mode. The power of mindfulness is the power to examine those self-identifications and their consequences and the power to examine the views and perspectives we adopt so reflexively and automatically and then proceed to think ...more
Jun 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
This is a good introduction to mindfulness and meditation practice, especially for absolute beginners or people who are curious about exploring meditation without getting heavily into any associated religious practice. If you've read or listened to much other material on Buddhism or meditation practice, a lot of the concepts in the first half are going to seem pretty basic and familiar, although you might still get value out of the meditation exercises in the second half.

From reading other revi
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great. I finished reading it, but it comes with a CD of guided meditations, so I am not done with the experience. In fact, I might return this copy to the library where I found it, and buy a copy so I always have the CD.

I had tried to read another book by this author (Full Catastrophe Living), but I was reading it on my kindle and the experience was so bad I finally gave up. I read this book on paper, and enjoyed it and appreciated it, and learned from it, and would consider readin
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a quick read for me.
But I enjoyed the honesty of it. "Those who try to pick up meditation thinking they will be like the Dali Lama might as well stop. They have no chance in Hell of pulling that off."
And the fact that if you try meditation, don't tell people about it. If you feel the need to brag about meditating, you really need to meditate some more.
This is a beginning book. More steps to follow latter.
There is no Cliff notes for meditating. There is only doing.
Aug 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-book
Eh.. That's how I feel about it. I think part of the problem is listening to the man. His voice is a bit more droaning than it is enjoyable to listen to. BUT, when trying to be mindful I could be mindful of his voice so maybe I actually acomplished something. Not a favorite. I would have rather the first CD been a book with the second CD as a part of the book.
Jan 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
I give up. One can only read so many pages before the constant stream of meaningless babble wear you out. 50 pages in and all this book has done is think of different ways of stating, "slow down and pay attention to your thoughts".
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it’s me, but I felt this was too cult-y.
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual-stuff
No bullshit book on awareness.
Polly Millet
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Make sure to get an audio book. The whole second half is an hour long mindfulness session. Great book, and great start to mindfulness.
Justin Tapp
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I provide a bit more to this than a normal book review. I give this book 4 stars, it is exactly as advertised.

Pray. Meditate. Don't worry. Relax. Breathe. Have a quiet time. These are all things we know we're supposed to do but neglect to do. They require intentional desire and discipline. This book is about how to practice being intentional about it.

This book is a short summary and introduction into the exercise of mindfulness. The author has a PhD from MIT. I became intrigued by mindfulness af
Jan 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Decepcionant, no m'ha aportat res de nou. Buscar neologismes per anomenar coses que fa segles que existeixen em sembla una trista estratègia de màrqueting al servei del capitalisme.
Indicat per aquelles persones a qui les paraules meditació o budisme els fan riure o angúnia, i es senten més a gust amb una paraula anglosaxona moderna.
Ericka Clouther
Just the basics. I like that it's short but there wasn't too much you can't find in all the other mindfulness books.
This is a fantastic intro to meditation. Would definitely recommend as a precursor to starting a meditation program like heads pace or calm.
Lisa Butterworth
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brain-books
I'm not sure if this audio book is 5 stars, or if I was just in the exact mood for it. but the audio version of the meditations hit my sweet spot and I loved loved loved.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I was drawn to this book as a means of controlling stress. The first part talks about mindfulness and the second part gives you exercises to practice the art. It will take some practice but it appears to help.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Pretty good. The first half is an attempt at explaining meditation and validating it from a medical perspective. That's all well and good, but that part felt like a podcast with a lot of "you know"s and "interesting"s. Part of the reason I listen to audiobooks when I do rather than podcasts is for that well thought out, polished, completeness quality rather than the wing it mentality. Both podcasts and audiobooks have their charms and positives, but they're distinct from one another and I like t ...more
Sylvie Barak
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid concepts, easy to grasp, makes me stronger in my resolve to be more mindful.
Nancy Butts
I wish the sentences were as short and pithy as the chapters are: they are so long and convoluted, especially in the first two sections, although that changes later in the book (thankfully). This book isn’t what I expected, but that is not the author’s fault; it is my own. Since I was familiar with Kabat-Zinn’s career at the University of Massachusetts, I thought this would be the kind of mindfulness book that is rooted in clinical science and medical practice. But it approaches the topic more f ...more
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Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Everybody tells you to read jon-zinn kabat. He seems to be the expert. This book has many wonderful insights. But as I keep reading, I can't help but wondering, when are you going to get to the point, Sir? Why are you writing a book as if it is lecture you are giving to people and are trying to warm them up to the idea of your topic? Will you please get to the point? Sir, it is now page 16 and you still haven't got to the point; you haven't talked yet about what a beginner should do to practice ...more
Erika Nerdypants
I really liked this. I've been trying to practice mindfulness for some time now, and appreciated the practical advice from the author. I loved finding out that in Asian languages the word "heart" and "mind" are the same. So when we are being mindful, we are also being heartful. Cool. Being mindful is being acutely aware of each moment without judging it. It requires a gentle curiosity, as we're watching life unfold, moment by moment by moment. The author explains that there are three major thing ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, self-help
This book is very much for someone who had never heard of mindfulness. It starts at the very bottom, and does not really go up from there. The last half of the book is a meditation, and I don't know how anyone would do it without this being an audio book.

The above statements are the best the can be said for the book. The author is very self aggrandizing, and seems to miss most of the point trying to tell his readers how great he is. Additionally, the audio book (read by the author) sounds like
Janet Gardner
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Let me start with the airing of grievances. This was originally an audio CD and only later adapted into a book, and I think it would have been better as a CD. Parts were a bit repetitive. Also, Kabat-Zinn occasionally falls into some fey, new-agey linguistic tics, like always spelling “mis-take” with a hyphen and referring to the tendency to privilege one’s own perspective as “selfing.” Guh…but really it’s only an occasional thing. Most of the writing is down-to-earth and articulate. Overall, I ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was (unintentionally) hilarious. I don't know if it was his Boston accent, his cursing, or his drawn out guided meditation with a raisin, or possibly a combination of all of these things. But it was just too much.
Alexa Athelstan
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
"Beginners mind" Jon Kabat-Zinn

"I know nothing" - all great teachers of mindfullness

"We are always learning" Shirley Anne Tate
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it

This may be a wonderful book. It is written in a beautiful language that makes it sound more complicated than it is.
Rif A. Saurous
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is good, but it's misnamed, in that it's not for beginners. Or at least, not for all beginners.

When I first started learning to dance, I benefited most from teaching that was extremely specific, and more importantly, grounded in the scientific-logical traditions I've been heavily trained in. "Here's the specific thing to listen to in the music." "Try to contract this muscle without contracting this other muscle; no, I'm putting my hand on the one you're supposed to contract." Now, year
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Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., is founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founding director of its renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) ...more
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