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The bestselling author of Wherever You Go, There You Are (more than 1,000,000 total copies in print) and Full Catastrophe Living joins forces with his wife, Myla, in this groundbreaking revised edition of the classic book about mindfulness in parenting children of all ages.
Updated with new material–including an all new introduction and expanded practices in the epilogue–Everyday Blessings remains one of the few books on parenting that embraces the emotional, intuitive, and deeply personal experience of being a parent, applying the groundbreaking "mind/body connection" expertise from global thought-leader, Jon Kabat-Zinn and his wife, Myla Kabat-Zinn.
- Paperback: 394 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books; Reprint edition (April 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786883146
- ISBN-13: 978-0786883141
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
A much needed and often overlooked aspect of parenthood
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Disclaimer: I have not finished this book. However, several chapters in, I find that this book is exactly what I was looking for. As the title suggests, it is a somewhat abstract guidebook on the conversations that parents should be having within themselves in order to parent with grace, patience and wisdom. It is NOT a traditional manual on childrearing. It is not about methods to use when disciplining or interacting with your child (though there are sections on co-sleeping, breastfeeding, etc.). (For concrete parenting tips and approaches, I HIGHLY recommend Janet Lansbury’s books.) Instead, this book is about the mental workings of the parent as he or she plays, admonishes, lives with children. If that sounds confusing, let me offer an example… My 3 year is spirited, to say the least, and can be running around, shouting with excitement one minute, or falling into a very intense tantrum the next. While I recognize that the tantrum is a sign that she’s: a) sleepy, b) trying to communicate but is overwhelmed by her emotions or c) wants my attention, the intensity of her emotions can often feel like an assault on my senses and I tend to react emotionally.
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I can’t remember how I was introduced to this book, likely through another one that I read. I am the mother of 2 children including a 3 year old who has managed to consistently push my buttons. I have read quite a few parenting books and must agree with an observation by the authors that whilst most books tell you or suggest WHAT to do with your kids they don’t tell you or help you to get past the anger and the hurt and the past not to mention the exhaustion of body and spirit that plague everyday interactions. What I find particularly pleasing about this book is that it suggests that parenting is actually a spiritual practice which has the power to empower and transform the parent’s and children’s experience of this life. There is acknowledgment of the pressures and the “pains” that are so real to parenting and suggestion that these may be the very gateway to enlightenment. I would highly recommend this book to any parent who is on a quest…not for perfection… but for the deeper meaning that underlies the world’s noblest and most heroic job. Not “up in the sky” abstract kind of principles but REAL enough to start practicing right now.
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This is by far my favorite parenting book, although it is not a “typical” parenting book. Yes, it’s about parenting, but it’s also about so much more than parenting. While one can read the anecdotes and apply them to children, they can also be applied to our other relationships as well. From a parenting perspective, this book challenged me to try to see the world from our children’s perspective and to slow down and engage in the present moment. I was reminded of the dangers of labeling our children, either to them, or even to ourselves – that these labels are limiting. It helped me become more patient. It revitalized my commitment to persevering in a formal meditation practice. If you are looking for a discipline book – a book that outlines specific childhood behaviors and how to eradicate them, then this is not the book for you. It’s not a “how to” book. It’s not black and white. But, in my opinion, it is so much more.
I will attempt to express how much I love this book
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I will attempt to express how much I love this book. I began reading it while I was pregnant with my first child, he is now almost 2. The inspiring stories and beautiful teachings have shaped my mind and heart and have helped me be the parent I want/strive to be. We, as parents, are faced with daily challenges and so many opportunities to have more joy and less stress. These pages have wisdom, exceptional advice, and limitless joy. Buy it, dive in, kick ass at parenting!
An excellent book on parenting
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An excellent book on parenting, strikingly different from most of the conventional parenting books.The book is written by two mindful and loving parents with examples from thier own Iives. I appreciate both Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn coauthoring this book with openness, integrity and compassion. There is a beatiful balance between valuable theoritical and philosophical information and real life illustrations. I got easily engaged with the book. I thank both Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Myla Kabat-Zinn for writing such a wonderful book based on the Mindfulness paradigm. I use Everyday Blessings: The Inner work of Mindful Parenting in the Mindfulness Parenting class I am teaching at Desert Garden Montessori School. The parents love this book, especially the emphasis given on working on themselves to do the challening but joyful and fulffiling parenting work. Jagdish P Dave Ph. D, Psy D
Important book – and not just for parents
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Great book – helps see from a different, more connected, point of view to your children – especially at difficult moments. Even if you do not implement meditation in your everyday life, this book is worth reading because it touches many obstacles parents face, and allows to be less judgmental – both towards our selves and our children. Highly recommend it!
I discovered this book shortly after my daughter’s birth. …
I discovered this book shortly after my daughter’s birth. Though she is now 19, Everyday Blessings remains a precios primer on mindfulness from a parent’s perspective. It is timeless, and has become my gift to new parents. Thank you, Myla and Jon!
Extremely helpful and insightful book
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I found this book after loving, and benefiting from, Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book Full Catastrophe Living. This book applies minfulness practice and traits to parenting. It strikes at the root of parenting rather than simply addressing the branches, like many parenting books. By developing mindfulness traits and attitudes, you can completely change your view of your children, how you respond to them (rather than ract), and cultivate the same wonderful character traits in them. Highly recommended.