Reclaiming the Present Moment—and Your Life
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It tends to be a momentous occasion to intentionally stop all your outward activity and, just as an experiment, sit or lie down and open to an interior stillness with no other agenda than to be present for the unfolding of your moments — perhaps for the first time in your adult life.
The people I know who have incorporated the practice of mindfulness into their lives remember quite vividly what drew them to it in the first place, including the feeling tone and life circumstances that led up to that moment of beginning. I certainly do. The emotional topology of the moment of beginning — or even of the moment of realizing that you want to connect with yourself in such a way — is rich and unique for each of us.
Suzuki Roshi, the Japanese Zen Master who founded the San Francisco Zen Center and touched the hearts of so many, is famous for having said, “In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” Beginners come to new experiences not knowing so much and therefore open. This openness is very creative. It is an innate characteristic of the mind. The trick is never to lose it. That would require that you stay in the ever-emerging wonder of the present moment, which is always fresh. Of course you will lose beginner’s mind in one way, when you cease to be a beginner. But if you can remember from time to time that each moment is fresh and mindfulness for beginners new, maybe, just maybe, what you know will not get in the way of being open to what you don’t know, which is always a larger field. Then a beginner’s mind will be available in any moment you are open to it.
From MINDFULNESS FOR BEGINNERS by Jon Kabat-Zinn. 2012 Jon Kabat-Zinn. Published by Sounds True Inc.
What if, by paying attention on purpose (and non-judgmentally), you could change your life? In Mindfulness for Beginners, Jon Kabat-Zinn’s new treasury of teachings, he says you can—and shows you how.
The essence of mindfulness is deep listening, which cultivates intimacy with your life as it unfolds. As he guides you on this exciting journey, Jon reveals the beauty of mindfulness practices in the context of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Research has shown that MSBR training seems to change the structure and functioning of the brain in ways that enhance well-being, and explores what you can do for yourself to complement what your doctors are doing for you to help move you to greater levels of health. This includes optimal mental, emotional and physical functioning, developed through exploring the “laboratory” of your life.
Included is a CD of guided meditations you can play to see what they evoke in you, then use the text to round out the experience and support your developing practice.
Mindfulness for Beginners will inspire those new to mindfulness meditation and experienced practitioners alike to nourish their lives with the profound interior work of mindfulness.
Hardcover & Audio Combination : 120 pages
Publisher: Sounds True Inc. ( January 01, 2012 )
Item #: 13-555414
Product Dimensions: 6.25 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 13.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I work as an addiction therapist and the ideas and concepts in this book was very helpful for my clients.
It is not necessary to read any other book on mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. All the information that one would want is contained here. It is profound, yet easy to understand and easy to read. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Reviewer: Marta M