Mindfulness for beginners

I’m a big listener to audiobooks and podcasts. They are great during chemo.

One favourite is John Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness for Beginners.

He defines mindfulness meditation as:

the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally

John Kabat-Zinn

With others, he pioneered an eight-week mindfulness-based stress-reduction course at the University of Massachusetts Medical School for patients with chronic pain, harnessing the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation as taught by the Buddha, but with the Buddhism taken out. “I bent over backwards to structure it and find ways to speak about it that avoided as much as possible the risk of it being seen as Buddhist, new age, eastern mysticism or just plain flakey,” he says.

The Guardian

He has such a great voice. A great accent. He’s a “street kid from New York”. And I swear he’s just talking, not reading. It’s a real pleasure to listen to in these stressful times.