This is a personal review of the book “Full Katastrophe Living” / “Gesund durch Meditation” by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Prof. Jon Kabat-Zinn is a worldwide well-respected meditation teacher, he is founder of the stress reduction clinic in United States / Massachusetts and one of the few scientists who teaches in the mind and life institute founded by the Dalai Lama.
“Full Katastrophe Living” / “Gesund durch Meditation” is a standard work on the topic meditation. It gives a very understandable but at the same time very profound and detailed insight into the topic of meditation and a holistic picture of the connections with physical and mental issues as well as the way of living someone chooses.
Jon Kabat-Zinn describes his program of the stress reduction clinic, gives a guide how to do this by yourself at home and introduces the method of mindfulness meditation, bodyscan as well as specific asanas in various arrangements.
I really love the holistic approach of the book. Mindfulness, stress, the way of living, mental and physical illnesses are topics and it is shown very well in this book how they relate with each other and Jon Kabat-Zinn shows several options how meditation and yoga can help.
I really recommend this book to anyone who is interested in meditation and yoga or seeks for advice in stressful times.