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A growing body of scientific research indicates that mindfulness can reduce stress and improve mental and physical health. Countless people who have tried it say it's improved their quality of life. Simply put, mindfulness is the practice of paying steady and full attention, without judgment or criticism, to our moment-to-moment experience. Here is a collection of the best writing on what mindfulness is, why we should practice it, and how to apply it in daily life, from leading figures in the field.
· Leading thinker Jon Kabat-Zinn on the essence of mindfulness, stress reduction, and positive change
· Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on the transformative power of mindful breathing
· Professor of psychiatry Daniel Siegel, MD, on how mindfulness benefits the brain
· Physician and meditation teacher Jan Chozen Bays, MD, on how and why to practice mindful eating
· Pioneering psychologist Ellen Langer on how mindfulness can change the understanding and treatment of disease
· Leadership coach Michael Carroll on practicing mindfulness at work
· Psychologist Daniel Goleman on a mindful approach to shopping and consuming
· Pianist Madeline Bruser on how mindfulness can help us overcome performance anxiety
· and much more
The Mindfulness Revolution also includes an in-depth discussion by writer-editor Barry Boyce about how mindfulness is being applied in a variety of professional fields—from health care to education, from performing arts to business—to improve effectiveness and enhance well-being.
Learn more at www.mindful.org.
Mindfulness, in both its Buddhist and secular forms, is becoming increasingly familiar to a broad range of Americans. This essay collection describes mindful attention and how it can be applied to such diverse aspects of life as parenting, trauma recovery, money, illness, relationships, and the like. The contributors bring their considerable knowledge and skills to bear on the task of helping others and themselves. The book acknowledges the influence of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction method pioneered at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center by Jon Kabat-Zinn, who has provided two essays; other writers include an unsurprising lineup of notables: Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Pema Ch dr n, Matthieu Ricard, Norman Fischer, Dzogchen Ponlop, Thich Nhat Hanh, Daniel Goleman, and the Dalai Lama. Of particular note are Karen Maezen Miller's meditation on housework, Sue Moon's graceful acceptance of senior moments, and Bob Howard's close attention to soil. Simple practices for the reader are included. While the definitions of mindfulness grow repetitive, these clearly written essays taken together form a solid introduction to a now mainstream approach to personal change.