Books & Materials



Books and Materials about Mindfulness Meditation

Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn

This is the “textbook” for the MBSR classes at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. However, it is intended to be a good overview of MBSR in general and provides guidance for those who prefer to explore the practice on their own, rather than in the class. It is widely available in most large bookstores, usually in the “Alternative Health” section, and is also easily obtained online at and other online booksellers. Published by Delta ISBN# 0385303122 Suggested retail $17.95

Wherever You Go, There You Are
Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
by Jon Kabat-Zinn

In brief, rather poetic chapters, he describes different meditative practices and what they can do for the practitioner. Kabat-Zinn describes meditation as what you might call a workout for your consciousness. This book makes learning meditation remarkably easy and provides guidance for different ways of approaching the practice of mindfulness. Also available in abridged audio tape version.
Published by Hyperion ISBN: 0786880708 Suggested retail: $14.95

Coming to Our Senses
Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness

by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Taking mindfulness to a new level, this latest work by Dr. Kabat-Zinn deepens and broadens the discussion of mindfulness and its role in our own lives and bodies, as well as in the larger “body politic”. He writes of his own experiences and observations of living, learning and teaching mindfulness for 25+ years. Practical chapters on various meditative practices lead into the larger issues of “dis-ease” in the political and social arena. Published by Hyperion ISBN: 0786867566 Suggested retail: $24.95

Heal Thy Self
Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine
by Saki Santorelli

Saki Santorelli, director of the UMass Stress Reduction Clinic, explores the ancient roots of medicine, and shows us how to introduce mindfulness into the crucible of the healing relationship. His approach revolutionizes the dynamics between the patient and the practitioner. Focused primarily on the relationship between healer and patient, it is particularly useful to those in the healing professions.
Published by Bell Tower ; ISBN: 0609805045 Suggested retail: $12.00

Peaceful Mind
Using Meditation & Cognitive Behavioral Psychology to Overcome Depression
by John R. McQuaid and Paula E. Carmona

A very practical, useful self-help guide. The book is built around a compelling series of specific, step-by-step interventions that provide readers with an understanding of the thoughts that lead to depression and find the motivation to confront depressive feelings. By “sitting” with painful emotions and allowing them to pass, readers find that they can reduce the frequency of depressive episodes.
Published by New Harbinger Publications; ISBN: 157224366X Suggested retail: $14.95

Calming Your Anxious Mind
How mindfulness and compassion can free you from anxiety, fear and panic
by Jeffrey Brantley

Learn to use the principle of mindfulness to relieve a wide range of stress-related conditions. A quality common to all human beings, mindfulness is a receptive, nonjudgmental, present-moment awareness. a state of focusing attention only on the here and now. Learn to become more present in your life experiences. Develop skills for calming and relaxing the mind and body.
Published by New Harbinger Publications; ISBN: 1572243384 Suggested retail: $12.95

Here For Now
Living Well with Cancer Through Mindfulness
by Elana Rosenbaum

An inspiring account of the author’s experience of facing cancer in ways that draw upon her years of experience as a meditator and as a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Elana Rosenbaum’s journey through the potentially intimidating and life-threatening experience of cancer is instructive, not only in learning valuable coping skills and practical exercises, but also in seeing how to make one’s way through any of life’s difficult challenges in a new and potentially life-changing way.
Published by Satya House Publications; ISBN: 0972919112 Suggested retail: $16.95

The Zen of Eating: Ancient Answers to Modern Weight Problems by Ronna Kabatznick

“A sensible way to look at eating that is an excellent diet for mind and body in its own right. Filled with incisive wisdom in bite-size morsels . . . delectable”, according to Jon Kabat Zinn. Kabatznick shows how learning to let go of your cravings and recognizing the desires that trigger overeating, you can find a balanced state of mind that will help you naviagate through the struggle with food.
Published by The Berkeley Publishing Group; ISBN: 0399523820 Suggested retail: $13.00


Mindfulness Meditation Practice Tapes

There are three sets of CDs available from the UMass Center for Mindfulness. Series 1 is the one that is used in conjunction with the 8-week MBSR class and contains guided body scan, mindful yoga and sitting meditation. Series 2 is a set of 4 CDs of different lengths providing a variety of guided meditations, and Series 3 is related to Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s book Coming to Our Senses. People often purchase these other CDs after completing the class. Available online at: or via mail to:
Stress Reduction Tapes, P.O. Box 547, Lexington, MA 02420 Series 1: $20 + $2 S&H, Series 2: $35 + $5 S&H


Meditation Cushions, Yoga Mats, Etc.

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness has purchased its Zafus from a very cooperative and helpful company called Sun and Moon Originals. They have offered a 10% discount if you call and mention that you learned of their company through UCSD, or a 25% discount if you place an order for six or more of the same item (if you want to join with other group members for a bulk purchase). The list price for zafus is $39.95. You can view their products at: but to get the discount, you need to call them at 1-800-775-8639.