Coming to Our Senses Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness

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Description: Ten years ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn changed the way we thought about awareness in everyday life with his now-classic introduction to mindfulness, Wherever You Go, There You Are.& nbsp; Now, with Coming to Our Senses, he provides the definitive book for  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Publisher: Hyperion Press
Publication date: 1/18/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.112

Ten years ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn changed the way we thought about awareness in everyday life with his now-classic introduction to mindfulness, Wherever You Go, There You Are.& nbsp; Now, with Coming to Our Senses, he provides the definitive book for our time on the connection between mindfulness and our physical and spiritual wellbeing.& nbsp; & nbsp; With scientific rigor, poetic deftness, and compelling personal stories Jon Kabat-Zinn examines the mysteries and marvels of our minds and bodies, describing simple, intuitive ways in which we can come to a deeper understanding, through our senses, of our beauty, our genius, and our life path in a complicated, fear-driven, and rapidly changing world.& nbsp; & nbsp; With eight sections, each devoted to a different aspect of the mindfulness journey.

Featured in Bill Moyer's PBS Special Healing and the Mind, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. is executive director at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He is the founder and former director of the UMMC Stress Reduction Clinic and an associate professor of medicine in the division of preventive and behavioral medicine. Using mindfulness meditation, Kabat-Zinn works to help people reduce stress and deal with chronic pain, and a variety of illnesses, particularly breast cancer. He was a trainer for the 1984 U.S. Men's Olympic Rowing Team and is especially interested in reducing the stress-related problems in the inner city and in prison populations. Kabat-Zinn's books include: Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness (1991); Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (1994) and Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting (1997), which was co-authored with his wife, Myla.

Introduction: The Challenge of a Life's Time-and a Lifetime
Meditation: It's Not What You Think
Meditation Is Not for the Faint-Hearted
Witnessing Hippocratic Integrity
Meditation Is Everywhere
Original Moments
Odysseus and the Blind Seer
No Attachments
The Origin of Shoes: A Tale
Meditation-It's Not What You Think
Two Ways to Think about Meditation
Why Even Bother? The Importance of Motivation
Aiming and Sustaining
Presence
A Radical Act of Love
Awareness and Freedom
On Lineage and the Uses and Limitations of Scaffolding
Ethics and Karma
Mindfulness
The Power of Attention and the Dis-Ease of the World
Why Paying Attention Is So Supremely Important
Dis-Ease
Dukkha
Dukkha Magnets
Dharma
The Stress Reduction Clinic
A.D.D. Nation
24/7 Connectivity
Continual Partial Attention
The "Sense" of Time Passing
Awareness Has No Center and No Periphery
Emptiness
The Sensory World: Your One Wild and Precious Life
The Mystery of the Senses and the Spell of the Sensuous
Seeing
Being Seen
Hearing
Soundscape
Airscape
Touchscape
In Touch with Your Skin
Smellscape
Tastescape
Mindscape
Nowscape
Embracing Formal Practice: Tasting Mindfulness
Lying Down Meditations
Sitting Meditations
Standing Meditations
Walking Meditations
Yoga
Just Knowing
Just Hearing
Just Breathing
Lovingkindness Meditation
Am I Doing It Right?
Common Obstacles to Practice
Supports for Your Practice
Healing Possibilities: The Realm of Mind and Body
Sentience
Nothing Personal, But, Excuse Me...Are We Who We Think We Are?
Even Our Molecules Touch
No Fragmentation
No Separation
Orienting in Time and Space: A Tribute to My Father
Orthogonal Reality-Rotating in Consciousness
Orthogonal Institutions
A Study in Healing and the Mind
A Study in Happiness-Meditation, the Brain, and the Immune System
Homunculus
Proprioception-The Felt Sense of the Body
Neuroplasticity and the Unknown Limits of the Possible
Arriving at Your Own Door
"I Can't Hear Myself Think!"
I Didn't Have a Moment to Catch My Breath
The Infidelity of Busyness
Interrupting Ourselves
Filling Up All Our Moments
Attaining Place
You Can't Get There from Here
Overwhelmed
Dialogues and Discussions
Sitting on the Bench
You Crazy!
Phase Changes
You Make, You Have
Any Ideal of Practice Is Just Another Fabrication
You Want to Make Something of It?
Who Won the Super Bowl?
Arrogance and Entitlement
Death
Dying Before You Die
Dying Before You Die-Deux
Don't Know Mind
Arriving at Your Own Door
Healing the Body Politic
Healing the Body Politic
"I Read the News Today, Oh Boy"
Reminding Myself That Self-Righteousness Is Not Helpful
Politics Not as Usual in the Twenty-First Century
Lessons from Medicine
The Taming Power of the Small
Mindfulness and Democracy
Talking Vietnam Meditation Blues-A Snapshot from the Past, or Is It the Future?
Wag the Dog
"I Don't Know What I Would Have Done Without My Practice!"
The Suspension of Distraction
Moments of Silence
The Ascendancy of the Mindful
Let the Beauty We Love Be What We Do
Different Ways of Knowing Make Us Wiser
On the Doorstep: Karma Meets Dharma-A Quantum Leap for Homo Sapiens Sapiens
Reflections on the Nature of Nature and Where We Fit In
Hidden Dimensions Unfurled
Getting Things in Perspective
Related Readings
Index
Credits and Permissions
Mindfulness Meditation Practice CDs

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