Full Catastrophe Living

Full Catastrophe Living

Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

Book - 2013 | Revised and updated edition
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The landmark work on mindfulness, meditation, and healing, now revised and updated after twenty-five years. Stress. It can sap our energy, undermine our health if we let it, even shorten our lives. It makes us more vulnerable to anxiety and depression, disconnection and disease. Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn's renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this classic, groundbreaking work--which gave rise to a whole new field in medicine and psychology--shows you how to use medically proven mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga to counteract stress, establish greater balance of body and mind, and stimulate well-being and healing. By engaging in these mindfulness practices and integrating them into your life from moment to moment and from day to day, you can learn to manage chronic pain, promote optimal healing, reduce anxiety and feelings of panic, and improve the overall quality of your life, relationships, and social networks. This second edition features results from recent studies on the science of mindfulness, a new Introduction, up-to-date statistics, and an extensive updated reading list. Full Catastrophe Living is a book for the young and the old, the well and the ill, and anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in our fast-paced world.--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books trade paperback, 2013
Edition: Revised and updated edition
ISBN: 9780345536938
Branch Call Number: 155.9 Kaba 2013
Characteristics: xlv, 650 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Stress, pain, and illness : facing the full catastrophe
The practice of mindfulness : paying attention. You have only moments to live ; The foundations of mindfulness practice : attitudes and commitment ; The power of breathing : your unsuspected ally in the healing process ; Sitting meditation : nourishing the domain of being ; Being in your body : the body-scan meditation ; Cultivating strength, balance, and flexibility : yoga is meditation ; Walking meditation ; A day of mindfulness ; Really doing what you're doing : mindfulness in daily life ; Getting started in the practice
The paradigm : a new way of thinking about health and illness. Introduction to the paradigm ; Glimpses of wholeness, delusions of separateness ; On healing ; Doctors, patients, and people : moving toward a unified perspective on health and illness ; Mind and body : evidence that beliefs, attitudes, thoughts, and emotions can harm or heal ; Connectedness and interconnectedness
Stress. Stress ; Change : the one thing you can be sure of ; Stuck in stress reactivity ; Responding to stress instead of reacting
The applications : taking on the full catastrophe.Working with symptoms : listening to your body ; Working with physical pain : your pain is not you ; More on working with pain ; Working with emotional pain : your suffering is not you...but there is much you can do to heal it ; Working with fear, panic, and anxiety ; Time and time stress ; Sleep and sleep stress ; People stress ; Role stress ; Work stress ; Food stress ; World stress
The way of awareness. New beginnings ; Keeping up the formal practice ; Keeping up the informal practice ; The way of awareness


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May 07, 2018

This is a really great book by Jon Kabat Zinn. It teaches people how to relieve stress and how to use mindfulness meditations to improve your quality of life.

WVMLlibrarianCathy Sep 29, 2015

A comprehensive introduction to the mindfullness-based stress reduction, which is used to help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain and illness. This book can be used in tandem with the "Guided Mindfulness Meditation" CDs to develop one's own eight week mindfullness program.

SCLOWATER Jul 24, 2012

Really liked this book. I took a course on Mindfulness with my family doctor & she used this book for the course. Lots of useful information on how the practise of Mindfulness can reduce stress & illness.

Apr 02, 2009

4.5/5 51 amazon reviews


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WVMLlibrarianCathy Sep 30, 2015

"I keep coming back to one line from the movie of Nikos Kazantzakis's novel Zorba the Greek. Zorba's young companion turns to him at a certain point and inquires, 'Zorba, have you ever been married?' to which Zorba replies (paraphrasing somewhat) 'Am I not a man? Of course I've been married. Wife, house, kids, everything . . . the full catastrophe!'

"It was not meant to be a lament, nor does it mean that being married or having children is a catastrophe. Zorba's response embodies a supreme appreciation for the richness of life and the inevitability of all its dilemmas, sorrows, tragedies and ironies. His way is to 'dance' in the gale of the full catastrophe, to celebrate life, to laugh with it and at himself, even in the face of personal failure and defeat. In doing so, he is never weighed down for long, never ultimately defeated either by the world or by his own considerable folly. "


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