Jon Kabat-Zinn: “Full Catastrophe Living”: Toxic Thoughts

“To summarize, all the studies we have discussed and many others support the notion that our physical health is intimately connected with our patterns of thinking and feeling about ourselves and also with the quality of our relationships with other people and the world. The evidence suggests that certain patterns of thinking and certain waysContinue reading “Jon Kabat-Zinn: “Full Catastrophe Living”: Toxic Thoughts”

Jon Kabat-Zinn: “Full Catastrophe Living”: Negativity and Pessimism and a Reduced Lifespan

“Dr. Seligman’s overall conclusion from these and other studies is that is not the world per se that puts us at increased risk of illness so much as how we see and think about what is happening to us. A highly pessimistic pattern of explaining the cause of bad or stressful events when they occurContinue reading “Jon Kabat-Zinn: “Full Catastrophe Living”: Negativity and Pessimism and a Reduced Lifespan”

Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living”: Doctors, Patients and People

“In mindfulness-based programs people learn to face their life problems and develop personalized strategies for working with them rather than simply giving themselves over to “experts” who are supposed to just “fix them” or make their problems magically disappear. Such programs are vehicles in which people can work to be healthier and more resilient, changeContinue reading “Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living”: Doctors, Patients and People”

Passage of the Day: “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”: Tenderness

“I will never fully know my mother, any more than I will ever know my farther or Connor, or myself. I have been missing the point. The point is not knowing another person, or learning to love another person. The point is simply this: how tender can we bear to be? What good manners canContinue reading “Passage of the Day: “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”: Tenderness”

Jon Kabat-Zinn: “Full Catastrophe Living”: ,

“Remember, acceptance does not mean passive resignation. Not at all. It means taking a reading of the situation, feeling it and embracing it in awareness as completely as one can manage, however challenging and horrible it can be, and recognizing that things are as they are, independent of us liking or disliking the situation andContinue reading “Jon Kabat-Zinn: “Full Catastrophe Living”: ,”

Jon Kabat-Zinn “Full Catastrophe Living”; Mindfulness and Yoga

“Yoga is also good exercise because it is a type of full-body conditioning. It improves strength, balance, and flexibility in the entire body. It’s like swimming, in that every part of your body is involved and benefits. It can even have cardiovascular benefits when done vigorously. But in MBSR (mindfulness bases stress reduction) the wayContinue reading “Jon Kabat-Zinn “Full Catastrophe Living”; Mindfulness and Yoga”

Jon Kabat-Zinn “Full Catastrophe Living”: Thinking during meditation

“Thinking is not bad, nor is it even undesirable during meditation, What matters is whether you are aware of your thoughts and feelings during meditation and how you are in relationship to them. Trying to supress them will only result in greater tension and frustration and more problems, not in calmness, insight, clarity and peace.Continue reading “Jon Kabat-Zinn “Full Catastrophe Living”: Thinking during meditation”

Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living”: thoughts during meditation

“During meditation, we intentionally treat all our thoughts as if they are of equal value. As best we can, and with the lightest touches, we bring awareness to them when they arise, and then intentionally return our attention to the breath as the primary focus of our attention, regardless of the thought and the emotionalContinue reading “Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living”: thoughts during meditation”

Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living”: Dealing with thoughts during meditation

“Just because you decide to still your body and observe your breath from moment to moment doesn’t mean that your thinking mind is going to co-operate. It doesn’t necessarily quiet down because you have decided to meditate. Quite the contrary. What does happen as we intentionally pay attention to our breathing is that we realizeContinue reading “Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living”: Dealing with thoughts during meditation”

Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living”; a second way of practicing mindfulness

“The second way of practicing using the breath is to be mindful of it from time to time during the day, or even all day long, wherever you are and whatever you are doing. In this way the thread of meditative awareness, including the physical relaxation, the emotional calm, and the insight that come with,Continue reading “Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living”; a second way of practicing mindfulness”