• Full Catastrophe Living

  • Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
  • By: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-12-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (258 ratings)


It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us - sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's renowned mindfulness-based stress-reduction program, this groundbreaking audiobook shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit. By using the practices described within, you can learn to manage chronic pain resulting from illness and/or stress-related disorders, discover the roles that anger and tension play in heart disease, reduce anxiety and feelings of panic, and improve overall quality of life and relationships through mindfulness meditation and mindful yoga. More timely than ever before, Full Catastrophe Living is a book for the young and the old, the well, the ill, and anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in today's world.
©2007 Jon Kabat-Zinn (P)2007 Random House, Inc.
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Critic reviews

"A practical guide not only to mindfulness meditation and healing, but daily life." (Joseph Goldstein, author of One Dharma)
"Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn eloquently explains the power of paying attention and increasing awareness. I strongly recommend this book for everyone who wants to begin healing [to] their life." (Dean Ornish, M.D.)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Stir on 18-07-11

Clear, useful and well read

I have come across the author before during a course on stress management and decided to download this audio book. It is read by the author and he has a very pleasant easy-going voice and a great deal of experience in presenting this type of material. The result is that he gets the information across well.
As the concepts require thinking about, it is worth putting aside a bit of time to actually listen to the content: I found myself listening more than once and still enjoying it. Putting the concepts into practice is very rewarding.
All in all a very good listen / read

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 13-04-13

a warm and informative book

I chose this book after a recommend action from a friend. It was a great reflective way to spend a commute; reviewing past strategies for coping and. Finding new skills in coping. I would encourage all to read, particularly those who find it hard to relax.

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5 out of 5 stars
By connie on 07-06-08

"Secular" Buddhism for greater wellness

As a previous reviewer pointed out, Kabat Zinn's guided body scan and yoga routines are not part of this download, but the present audiobook is still very valuable. The routines are similar to those in other Kabat Zinn programs avaiable on Audible and elsewhere. Any body scan/yoga nidra meditation and MINDFUL gentle yoga routine could be substituted.

If you've read other of Kabat Zinn's books, there is not too much new here, but it was his first and is worth the download. I read the much longer text version about ten years ago, and it helped changed my approach to life (and I don't make that claim for more than a couple of books!) I'm at a point where I need to tune in again to the wisdom contained in Kabat Zinn's writings, so I was elated to find this abridgement of "Full Catatrophe" to use as a starting point. Instead of meditations themselves, it is the why and how of adopting a program. His approach derives from his long time Buddhist background but is research based, with years of clinical success. His voice itself is a stress reduction experience!

If you are not sure you want to try his approach - check out some of his full lenth sessions on U-Tube given to Google employees. If you had to listen/read only one author on the Mind Body connection, I'd recommend Jon Kabat Zinn over any other medical, complementary medical or new age guru. He's the real thing, with a long track record of leading diverse people to greater wellnesss in mind, body, and spirit. If you're not sold on this title, check out his other Audible audiobooks.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Anna Dresner on 22-01-08

Nice Introduction, but the Heart of it is Missing

This book explains the need for and benefits of mindfulness and outlines the sorts of activities Kabat-Zinn recommends to cultivate mindfulness clearly and compassionately. I was disappointed, however, to discover that it does not include the specific meditations or yoga practices he recommends; it describes them, but does not walk you through them in detail. If you want to listen to recordings that tell you what to concentrate on when doing a body scan or what yoga moves to do, you must buy additional tapes or CDs. I assumed that an audiobook read by the author recommending yoga and meditation practices would include the instructions needed to carry out those practices, but I was wrong.

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