Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness (2020)

Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness Susan L. Smalley Diana Winston Fully Present The Science Art and Practice of Mindfulness Mindfulness the art of paying attention with an open and curious mind to present moment experiences has attracted ever growing interest and tens of thousands of practitioners who have come to the dis
  • Title: Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness
  • Author: Susan L. Smalley Diana Winston
  • ISBN: 9780738213248
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness Susan L. Smalley Diana Winston Mindfulness the art of paying attention with an open and curious mind to present moment experiences has attracted ever growing interest and tens of thousands of practitioners, who have come to the discipline from both within and outside the Buddhist tradition In Fully Present, leading mindfulness researchers and educators Dr Sue Smalley and Diana Winston provide an all iMindfulness the art of paying attention with an open and curious mind to present moment experiences has attracted ever growing interest and tens of thousands of practitioners, who have come to the discipline from both within and outside the Buddhist tradition In Fully Present, leading mindfulness researchers and educators Dr Sue Smalley and Diana Winston provide an all in one guide for anyone interested in bringing mindfulness to daily life as a means of enhancing well being Fully Present provides both a scientific explanation for how mindfulness positively and powerfully affects the brain and the body as well as practical guidance to develop both a practice and mindfulness in daily living, not only through meditation but also during daily experiences, such as waiting in line at the supermarket, exercising, or facing difficult news.
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  1. Erica

    I like the idea of presenting the research that backs up the utility of mindfulness along with information on how to practice it I think it could have been edited down a lot though Because it tried to appeal to rational and irrational parts of the mind it included a lot of examples of scientific studies and anecdotes that covered the same ground I also felt that there was a bit too much of both Studies were often described even if the author admitted that they were not rigorous enough to suggest [...]

  2. Jay

    Pretty good overview of the benefits of mindfulness and strategies to put to use Pay attention to the stories you tell yourselfways good advice.

  3. Alison

    I particularly enjoyed the higher dose of science and rigor in this book, compared to my other brushes with mindfulness and meditation instruction The format is really solid, and progresses through explaining the science and arguing for the usefulness of a given practice with data , then to outlining how one might most effectively pursue it, and then each chapter gives a few practice exercises and suggestions for integrating a given technique into your routine I listened to this as an audiobook, [...]

  4. Waco Glennon

    The subtitle of this book is an excellent description of how this book approaches the subject of mindfulness The book explains the current science around meditation And there is an increasing amount of it The authors make this science lucid and demonstrate how it can be applied The art section is of a case study that shows how one of the authors applied mindfulness in her own life She explains the difference it made and the growth she experienced Finally, the practice section gives useful strat [...]

  5. Alissa Thorne

    A great broad overview of mindfulness for a secular audience As advertised, each chapter is broken into three sections The first section touches on the relevant scientific evidence, often pointing out when it is in the hypothesis stage, or when there are only early studies The art section seems to usually discuss how it can be applied to day to day life, and the practice section describes a mindfulness technique for the specific are that is being discussed Mindfulness has come up in many of the [...]

  6. Sarah

    Until recently, if offered a book on meditation, I would have expected it to come with a free Enya cd and a bag of fair trade chai I have always considered myself too logical minded for stuff like navel gazing This book, however, written by researchers at UCLA, compiles some very convincing data on the benefits of meditation benefits to the quality of one s daily life, stress level, and longterm physical health The best part is, the techniques described are ridiculously simple Not necessarily ea [...]

  7. Jeff Yoak

    While I appreciated the attempt to secularize and describe this topic, it still has a flavor difficult for me to connect with it in a practical way I picked up nuggets here and there in the roughly half of the book that I made it through and continue to believe that I might find something useful in this topic, but I lost faith that I d find it here.

  8. Ginny Pennekamp

    If you re interested in meditation but afraid of the mumbo jumbo, this is a great book If you re not afraid of the mumbo jumbo, it s still a fantastic book because it grounds everything in physical details rather than it being experimental thought.

  9. John Lussier

    Great read on mindfulness Easy, understandable, practical, and the science portion gives it an edge many introduction don t have.

  10. Natalie I.

    My reviews are intentionally generalized, concise, and contain little to no summaries Here I will focus on my overall experience and personal interaction while reading this book I Learned We can train our minds to deal with life better With practice, we really can heal our minds from the stress of life I Felt hopeful, empowered, free It Changed me I need to practice mindfulness and make it a daily habit When I try, I can let thoughts slide by and not affect me in harmful ways This helped me to [...]

  11. Gwen Hummel

    Great book for the beginner to mindfulnessI got a little bored with the extensive scientific talk in this book I just skimmed the science portion and read attentively the parts on art and practice.

  12. Paul

    There is a lot regarding the science of Mindfulness in this book Perhaps too much Very complete, very thorough Just not a favorite book on the theme.

  13. Leah Lucci

    A very pleasant intro to some mindfulness studies, introductions to meditation, emotional awareness management There wasn t anything jaw dropping here, but I felt very content reading it.

  14. Xtine

    Good, practical overview of common problems that may be helped by mindfulness practice Especially good for skeptics and people not searching for spiritual guidance While reading the section on pain, I did become mindful of violent, book stabby anger when told again that while pain is inevitable, suffering is optional I experienced severe, chronic pain for several years, and this section reminded me of my alternative pain management counselor, who told me that I was having pain because I just was [...]

  15. Ken Parkinson

    Fully Present provides a good overview of the science, art and practice of meditation and mindfulness Each chapter is divided up into sections describing the art science and practice of mindfulness The format seems a bit contrived at first but it grows on you as you continue.The authors give several references to recent studies but are careful to avoid overstating their conclusions While most of the studies appear to be preliminary, there is a growing body of evidence supporting beneficial effec [...]

  16. Mark

    A good introduction to mindfulness and meditation, with the admirable goal of including scientific studies as evidence for the benefits of meditation At this point, the evidence out there is so sparse that studies cited here are often uncontrolled feasibility studies that cannot really provide solid conclusions, but there are notable exceptions as there are a number of research groups around the country getting into this line of work including the author s own Mindfulness Awareness Research Cent [...]

  17. Bworm

    I bought this book after following Diana Winston s weekly podcast and listening to some of her talks on dharmaseed The book recapitulates Diana s teachings, which are nicely complemented by the review of the unfortunately still fairly scarce scientific literature on the measurable effects of mindfulness To be fair, the stars go to Diana than to the book per se, for her way of teaching mindfulness, which is very clear and simple, reassuring and encouraging It s a detail, but I leave out the fift [...]

  18. Patrick J.

    I really appreciated this book because it was a scientific approach to mindfulness I have been practicing mindfulness for a while now but this book illuminated some of the health and wellness benefits that are associated with that practice Seeing scientific studies regarding a mindful approach to certain subjects really helped me realize how helpful mindfulness is beyond its everyday usefulness.While not a great guide for those who already practice mindfulness, this is a perfect guide for a begi [...]

  19. Merrily

    Simply put, this is a fantastic book about mindfulness and mediation Anyone who is new to mindfulness should find this book a great entry point into understanding mindfulness, the science behind it, and how it is applicable and relevant on an individual level and societal level I read this book as an accompaniment to the UCLA Marc MAP class and everything we learned in class was covered in this great book Highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious about mindfulness.

  20. Debbie Jacob

    I ve tried several different books about mindfulness and found this one to be the best because it feels like the most realistic way to incorporate meditation in our lives It doesn t try to sell meditation as something religious It s simply about becoming attuned to your body The exercises are simple and practical and they follow short, concise explanations about the mind body connection The book provides anecdotes, but they don t take over the book.

  21. Rob Hermanowski

    This a really nice entry level book on the increasingly popular practice of mindfulness Susan Smally and Diana Winston present the scientific aspects of mediation and mindfulness, while also discussing the artful and spiritual aspects of the practice This balanced approach should be useful for both practitioners and clinicians Elizabeth London does and beautiful job with the unabridged narration in the audiobook format.

  22. Colin

    This book contains many helpful practices to becoming mindful Unfortunately I chose to listen to the audiobook version and found that I missed out on a large portion of the value in this book, mostly in those moments in which the distractions of life interrupted and I wasn t mindful of the book If I were to go back to this book, I would do so in the paper copy so that it would be easier to go back over the areas I miss due to distractions.

  23. Jo Anne

    I have gone to a few presentations by Diana Winston, and find her amazing I am very happy that I read this book, which she co authored I think the book is an excellent introduction to the science behind mindfulness Additionally, there are how tos about meditation and ideas for your practice Overally, is an excellent book Personally, I m not as interested in the science as in the practical aspects of meditation, which is why I didn t give it a higher rating.

  24. Hannah Kim

    just by looking at the cover you d think it s about the environment, growth, and animal farm in some ways it is of all it s about reaching the state of mindfulness in everything, eventually leading to growth within yourself and with that, helping shape and change the world positively great book find yourself and highest potential don t live routine unless it s for a healthy lifestyle , be fully present in all that you do and stay open minded for opportunities.

  25. S.N. Arly

    When you mentally refer to a book as that crappy meditation book, it s time to stop renewing it and let the library have it back.After four months slogging through wordy unclear writing and a bizarrely apologetic yet pedantic tone, I was only halfway through There were some useful pieces of information, but it wasn t worth spending time on this.

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