Stress can sap your energy, undermine your health, and even shorten your life. It makes you more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. This classic and groundbreaking work shows you how to use medically proven mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga to counteract stress and stimulate well-being.
The Bottom Line
In the face of stress and chaos, practicing meditation and other mindfulness techniques can ease your psychological and physical pain.
Stress is an inescapable fact of life. If that’s the bad news, the good news, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn, is that our bodies and minds come pre-equipped with the resources we need to get through times of stress, pain and illness. Kabat-Zinn is well-versed in helping people build internal resilience: He’s the founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He’s also done extensive work teaching Western clinicians how to integrate Buddhist-inspired, scientifically proven techniques into their practices.
In Full Catastrophe Living, Kabat-Zinn draws on research, case studies, and personal observations from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs he leads to show you the benefits of meditation — and provide practical instructions for incorporating it into your daily life.
II. Stress is a Natural Part of Living
III. Stop Doing, Start Being
IV. No “Right” Way to Meditate
V. The Goal Isn’t Relaxation: It’s to Pay Attention
VI. Building a Mindful Foundation
VII. The Mind-Body Connection
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