Full Catastrophe Living
Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and IllnessBook - 2013 | Revised and updated edition
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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"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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