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.