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Author: Jon Kabat-Zinn Narrator: Jon Kabat-Zinn Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780739358597

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Stress. It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us: sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this groundbreaking book shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit. By using the practices described within, you can learn to manage chronic pain resulting from illness and/or stress related disorders…discover the roles that anger and tension play in heart disease… reduce anxiety and feelings of panic…improve overall quality of life and relationships through mindfulness meditation and mindful yoga. More timely than ever before, Full Catastrophe Living is a book for the young and the old, the well, the ill, and anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in today’s world.

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  • Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn eloquently explains the power of paying attention and increasing awareness. I strongly recommend this book for everyone who wants to begin healing their life.

    - Dean Ornish, M.D., author of Stress, Diet, and Your Heart and Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for the Reversal of Heart Disease
  • Happy 15th birthday to one of the great classics of mind/body medicine! More than any other, Full Catastrophe Living is the book that enabled Americans to discover the inner life. This book has brought peace of mind to hundreds and thousands of people and healed countless lives. This is your chance to let it heal yours.

    - Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather's Blessings
  • “A wonderful guidebook for those of us who choose life and healing. I hope you all make the choice and read the book.

    - Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles and Peace, Love, and Healing
  • A practical guide not only to mindfulness meditation and healing, but daily life.

    - Joseph Goldstein, Insight Meditation Society, author of One Dharma and coauthor of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is great to listen to on my way to work, and I also recommend to my clients as a psychotherapist. "

    - Clare Jinzhao, 7/4/2016
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    " This one is work to get through. Full of academic arrogance and a thinly veiled attitude of spiritual superiority. I hope the next 400 pages offer something which makes the finger wagging worth tolerating "

    - Gretchen, 1/29/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Amazing book! I've read several books on mindfulness and meditation over the years, but none of them were actually practical. This book explains clearly not only the reasons why you should train yourself to practice mindfulness but also how to do it. It lays out Kabat-Zinn's 8-wk meditation immersion from his stress reduction clinic associated with UMass medical center, where physicians send their patients with the most difficult chronic medical conditions for relief that can't be had with medication alone. If you can't practically travel to his center weekly for 8 weeks, you can certainly follow along with his instructions in this book. It's really quite amazing. I wish this book had been given to me as a tool when I was in medical school. I have personally benefited from following this program through the depths of my own illness, and I hope one day to get well enough to lead many patients to this amazing tool. "

    - Michelle, 1/29/2014
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    " Excellent source about using meditation to relieve stress and pain. "

    - Sherri, 1/29/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very clear, more of a guidebook - I sped read through many chapters. "

    - Xavier, 1/24/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book has been life changing for me. I have struggled with anxiety and stress for my entire life. I'm currently going through a tough time and can honestly say I feel almost stress free. Truly amazing. "

    - Kathy, 1/14/2014
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    " I thought this was really helpful! It made me really want to get into meditation. "

    - Jessica, 1/10/2014
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    " Frankly I'm not sure how deeply to go in to describing this book, about meditation, mindfulness and living life, as the book says 'The Full Catastrophe'. I found it insightful, but more importantly useful in my own personal life, and in the personal health struggles I've gone through in the last while. It was recommended to be by a person I have a great deal of respect for, and I wasn't steered wrong. It's probably not for everybody, but I found Jon Kabat-Zinn's tone, mater of factness, and grounding to take a subject, apply it to life, and give examples. It has a prominent position on my shelf, and it is not for nothing this book has gained the prominence it has. Sometimes something is popular, simply because it's good, and this is the case here. "

    - Wise_owl, 1/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " There are some great insights in this book about being mindful of the present and meditation. I particularly appreciate the way Kabat-Zinn details the processes, helping the reader understand how to respond to the common problems associated with reducing stress. "

    - David, 1/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I think this is a must read for any mom/wife who needs to remember to take care of herself! I love the CDs that go with it. "

    - Aubri, 1/7/2014
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    " Practical, useful, good for anybody. "

    - Loretta, 1/6/2014
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    " Second time around with this book--amazing. "

    - Karen, 12/29/2013
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    " This book helped me through the worst years I have ever known by teaching mindfulness and meditation as a means to ease physical pain and allowing the body to heal. "

    - Trisha, 12/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It's not an easy read but it's got very useful information. I swear by the body scan technique described in the book. I would give it a 4 star for information, but because it's a little dry in the descriptions, I give it 3. "

    - Jodi, 12/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book helped me make a paradigm shift around illness, stress, pain and what wellness is. I highly recommend it. It's a book I find helpful to refer me back toward practices when I find imbalance in my life. "

    - Lee, 3/29/2013
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    " I have found the body-scan meditation very relaxing and useful. "

    - Joy, 11/29/2012
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    " A very good introduction to mindfulness. In order to get the most out of it, though, one needs to order the CDs in order to do the practice. "

    - Margie, 9/21/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The most helpful book I have ever read. Jon Kabat-Zinn describes how living in the moment and accepting life for what it is can reduce stress, anxiety, and pain. I have read this book at least 4 times since the first. It changed my life. "

    - Kathy, 8/29/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Powerful book on living... This book and the practice of mindfulness was the anchor while I was moving through a time of depression and transition!!! "

    - Miyuki, 5/18/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " How meditation and mindfulness can help you overcome stress. This is a research-based book and extremely detailed and helpful. THe author describes his work in hospitals with cancer sufferers, and how much the programs helped them. "

    - Jennifer, 4/22/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Kabat-Zinn offers a b.s.-free route for practical minded people interested in bringing a touch of serenity into their busy and stressed lives. "

    - Chris, 5/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Sounds more intense than it is! It's an introduction to mindfulness and meditation, and how you can use them in your daily life. Get the CDs to go along with it. "

    - Amanda, 4/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very clear, more of a guidebook - I sped read through many chapters. "

    - Xavier, 4/15/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is a well-written, down-to-Earth guide to better health and living that focuses on meditation. "

    - Cristiana, 4/4/2011
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    " I read this book years ago and it has stayed with me. I tried to establish a meditation practice on my own, and didn't do so well, so I'm now taking a course through Penn and will be re-reading the book during the 8 week training. I'll update this review with the current read. "

    - Beth, 1/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great book on how to learn to live in the now and how to relax. Definitely will help in reducing stress "

    - Jeff, 1/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " So long and repetitive, but I think he covers some really important topics for those interested in mindfulness practice. "

    - Alyssa, 1/3/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It was informative, but I skipped through quite a few pages and chapters that covered his more speculative, fringe ideas and 'woo'-ish philosophy. The book focuses on pain and illness. "

    - Nathan, 12/26/2010
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A thorough and gentle introduction to practicing meditation (and yoga) to lead a more mindful life. I recommend. "

    - Antonio, 12/6/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " So far, I haven't had enough time to meditate 40 minutes a day to reduce stress! I am only partly through it. "

    - Catherine, 11/22/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " suggested reading for Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction (SBSR) class. It's very very good. takes Buddhist psychology and makes it even more secular than other western psychologists have done. "

    - Pete, 9/25/2010

About the Author

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and author of numerous books, including Full Catastrophe Living, Arriving at Your Own Door, and Coming to Our Senses.