People consider this book a contemporary classic on meditation for good reasons. It’s lovely and accessible. Jon Kabat-Zinn tackles the difficult task of explaining the nonverbal practice of meditation, which many find alien or even threatening, and makes it accessible, useful and even homey. He explains meditation not only with references to classic texts, but also by recounting his own experiences, drawing parallels with Thoreau, and discussing work and family contexts. The chapters are brief, some as short as a page, each focusing on a single topic. Many are accompanied with prompting questions or simple exercises you can try immediately. getAbstract recommends this book to people interested in reducing their stress, deepening their self-awareness and sharpening their focus.
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Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
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1 year agoI registered GetAbstract - because I wanted to read the summary of this book. I just read this book. I often write my own summary and reviews. But I find it very difficult to summarize this. The book doesn't have structure, there is no analytical or logical flow in the book. Its like a poetry. So I wanted to see how you summarize it.
And man, I am disappointed. I don't think you could capture the essence of the book. Rather you are not even true to the spirit of author - for example read what he talked about "Spirituality" in the book - after that how can you even say that meditation is spiritual?
I think - writer of this summary - may have to read the book couple of time, ruminate on it and then probably write summary. I accept and reiterate that this is difficult book to summarize or review. Its canvas is big and deep.
5 years agoAs a devote follower of Jesus Christ, I found some concepts of this book to be beneficial to my desire for a more contemplative mindfulness that allows my spirit to be at one with God's spirit and to learn to thrive in the present moment as his spirit guides and directs my thoughts toward being who he created me to be. Thoughts comes from all directions and we can choose which thoughts we entertain. Those that we choose to dwell on lead to actions. It is therefore wise to consider which thoughts we let run wild and which thoughts we bring under obedience to Christ.
5 years agoAmen!