The Healing Power of Mindfulness: A New Way of Being

The Healing Power of Mindfulness: A New Way of Being

by Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Discover how mindfulness can help you with healing.

More than twenty years ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn showed us the value of cultivating greater awareness in everyday life with his now-classic introduction to mindfulness, Wherever You Go, There You Are. Now, in The Healing Power of Mindfulness, he shares a cornucopia of specific examples as to how the cultivation of mindfulness can reshape your relationship with your own body and mind—explaining what we're learning about neuroplasticity and the brain, how meditation can affect our biology and our health, and what mindfulness can teach us about coming to terms with all sorts of life challenges, including our own mortality, so we can make the most of the moments that we have.

Originally published in 2005 as part of a larger book titled Coming to Our Senses, The Healing Power of Mindfulness features a new foreword by the author and timely updates throughout the text. If you are interested in learning more about how mindfulness as a way of being can help us to heal, physically and emotionally, look no further than this deeply personal and also "deeply optimistic book, grounded in good science and filled with practical recommendations for moving in the right direction" (Andrew Weil, MD), from one of the pioneers of the worldwide mindfulness movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781549176715
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 994,196
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, 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) in various venues around the world. He received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from MIT in 1971 in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Salvador Luria.

His work in the Stress Reduction Clinic was featured in Bill Moyers' PBS Special, "Healing and the Mind" and in the book of the same title, as well as on Good Morning America, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and Oprah's Super Soul Sunday, as well as NPR. he has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions such as medicine, and psychology, health care and hospitals, schools, corporations, the legal profession, prisons, and professional sports.

He is the author of numerous bestselling books about mindfulness and meditation: Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness; Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life; Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness; and Arriving at Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness. He is also co-author, with his wife Myla, of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting; and with Williams, Teasdale, and Segal, of The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness Overall, his books have been translated into over 30 languages.

Table of Contents

New Foreword Jon Kabat-Zinn ix

Part 1 Healing Possibilities: The Realm of Mind and Body 1

Sentience 3

Nothing Personal, But, Excuse Me…Are We Who We Think We Are? 10

Even Our Molecules Touch 21

No Fragmentation 26

No Separation 28

Orienting in Time and Space: A Tribute to My Father 30

Orthogonal Reality-Rotating in Consciousness 38

Orthogonal Institutions 44

A Study in Healing and the Mind 52

A Study in Happiness-Meditation, the Brain, and the Immune System 64

Homunculus 72

Proprioception-The Felt Sense of the Body 85

Neuroplasticity and the Unknown Limits of the Possible 89

Part 2 Arriving At Your Own Door 103

"I Can't Hear Myself Think!" 105

I Didn't Have a Moment to Catch My Breath 107

The Infidelity of Busyness 111

Interrupting Ourselves 116

Filling Up All Our Moments 122

Attaining Place 127

You Can't Get There from Here 131

Overwhelmed 150

Dialogues and Discussions 153

Sitting on the Bench 157

You Crazy! 163

Phase Changes 165

You Make, You Have 170

Any Ideal of Practice Is Just Another Fabrication 175

You Want to Make Something of It? 177

Who Won the Super Bowl? 181

Arrogance and Entitlement 188

Death 194

Dying Before You Die 199

Dying Before You Die-Deux 205

Don't Know Mind 208

Arriving At Your Own Door 210

Acknowledgments 213

Related Readings 217

Credits and Permissions 225

Index 230

About the Author 236

Guided Mindfulness Meditation Practices with Jon Kabat-Zinn 238

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The Healing Power of Mindfulness: A New Way of Being 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bamcooks More than 1 year ago
From the publisher: "Coming to Our Senses is being repackaged into 4 smaller books, each focusing on a different aspect of mindfulness, and each with a new foreword written by the author. In the third of these books, The Healing Power of Mindfulness (which was originally published as Part V and Part VI of Coming to Our Senses), Kabat-Zinn focuses on the ways mindfulness can change the body and rewire the mind--explaining what we're learning about neuroplasticity and the brain, how meditation can affect the immune system, and what mindfulness can teach us about facing impermanence and, eventually, the end of our own lives. By "coming to our senses"--both literally and metaphorically--we can become more compassionate, more embodied, more 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." From the author: "When unattended, our thinking runs our lives without our even knowing it. Attended in awareness, we have a chance not only to know ourselves better, and see what is on our minds, but also to hold our thoughts differently, so they no longer rule our lives." I have been meditating daily for more than a year and 'attempted' it off and on for many more years, always wondering 'if I was doing it right' at that point. Now I know there is no such thing 'as doing it right.' The important thing is to be present in the moment, to be aware of your thoughts and letting them go. It's interesting to learn the actual physical changes that the brain experiences during meditation which can lead to your physical well-being and healing.
marongm8 More than 1 year ago
This book really opens up perspective and discussion about the true meaning of mindfulness and the power and positive effects it can do to the human mind. The information presented in this book was very informative and useful and I'm sure anyone can benefit from this book in their own way. An exemplary read with useful information that can benefit anyone.