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.


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

Not very interesting

I like the ideal of being fully present in this life. But doubt that this book will assist in that goal. The author seems to repeat herself, perhaps with the idea that repetition will lead to being fully present. In any case, it put me to sleep about half way through.

Possibly this book is better read or skimmed than listened to. It is not as interesting as the description and sample suggests.
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- MMRudy

Family Physician point of view

If you are looking for a 'how to' book, this is not the one for you. If you are looking for a 'why to' book, this by far is the best one I have found. Up to date. Could have been edited a little better. I am recommending for my patients. Doc in Indiana
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- John

Book Details

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