Best Spirituality Book for Depression: “The Mind’s Own Physician” by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Best Spirituality Book for Depression: The Mind’s Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn

After the first chapter of The Mind’s Own Physician, I thought, Okay, another book on the positive effects of meditation on the brain. But then I got to the quarter-done mark, and started getting some new information, and I thought, Gee, this book is what it promises to be after all.

It’s actually pretty scientific.

But it’s not dense; the gems, I think, are spread out between paragraphs of introductory material. Each chapter is a separate speech given at a conference that included the Dalai Lama, and perfunctory remarks are included verbatim. And because these are scholarly lectures, not self-help book chapters, they’re not particularly easy reading.

The value of the book comes in the surprising study results the lecturers recount, so if the science of meditation interests you, this is your book.

Can this book help me overcome depression?


Does it address depression specifically?


To what degree do you think it can help me overcome depression?

Depression effectiveness rating: 4 on a scale of 1-10

Where can I find it?

The Mind’s Own Physician on Amazon

The Mind’s Own Physician on Goodreads

The Mind’s Own Physician on Google Books

The Mind’s Own Physician on iTunes

The Mind’s Own Physician on Barnes and Noble

Jon Kabat-Zinn on Wikipedia

Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness

Jon Kabat-Zinn on Facebook


Finally, it happened. After ten years of thinking about it, I attempted, as the Apostle Paul once wrote, to “pray without ceasing”–to communicate in an ongoing way with the Divine.

If you’re interested in my results, get You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends on Amazon. 


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Best Scientific Spiritual Books

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Best Spiritual Memoirs

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