Fully Present

  • by Susan Smally, Diana Winston
  • Narrated by Elizabeth London
  • 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mindfulness—the art of paying attention with openness and curiosity to the present moment—has attracted ever-growing interest and tens of thousands of practitioners. This uniquely accessible guide provides a scientific explanation for how mindfulness positively and powerfully affects the brain and body, as well as practical guidance.
With sections devoted to “The Science”, “The Art”, and “The Practice”, Fully Present will help you understand how and why meditation is so effective, and will help you develop and sustain your own practice in order to:


Reduce stress
Boost your body’s immune system
Ease chronic physical pain
Cope with negative emotions
Increase self-awareness
Cultivate happiness
Complete with fascinating research on how our brains work and respond to meditation, as well as practical tips and exercises, Fully Present is an essential guide for anyone interested in enhancing their own health and well-being.

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What the Critics Say

“A highly readable, informed, and elegant synthesis. Susan Smalley and Diana Winston have done a remarkable job of weaving together a coherent and compelling narrative that encourages each one of us to explore mindfulness from the inside out for our own benefit and the greater well-being of the world.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn, best-selling author; founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School)
“Brilliant, authoritative, rooted in solid research, and incredibly useful! If people would follow the practices outlined here, it is guaranteed they would become happier, healthier, and more fulfilled in their lives.” (Edward Hallowell, MD, best-selling author of Driven to Distraction)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Decent information but very boring

This has information that is really useful but it's basically like a longer version of a paper you would write in a freshman science class. There's just no passion. "Study x said this. You can mediate by doing y." Over and over.

Some very useful insights but to sum up: meditation helps basically everything about you; psychological or physical. Meditate comfortably in whatever way makes it most likely you will continue the practice.
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- Dan

Improves upon re-listening

This audiobook contains a wide variety of information. I find the depth of information to be very useful. The audiobook starts with the author's own life experiences and difficulties and how they deal with them. Then there give you scientific information, including the mindfulness clinic they run. There are also instructions on the different types of mindfulness meditation.

The only negative for me is that in this audiobook, you are referred to go to their website where you can download guided meditation files, but when I get to their site, I can't find any related audio files. So that was disappointing.

The narrator of this audiobook grows on you the more you listen to it. At first, I thought she was okay, but the more I listened to the audiobook, the more I find that her voice is a good match for the content.

Overall, I really enjoy this book and have already listened to it twice. I will listen to this every once in a while. I believe this is my favorite audible purchase.
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- Blue728

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-30-2010
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC