Asperger's Syndrome and Mindfulness

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Understanding who you are can be a lonely and difficult process following the diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome (AS). Asperger's Syndrome and Mindfulness illuminates this experience as an empowering path of discovery through the teachings of Buddhism.

Chris Mitchell draws parallels between the experience of his own journey towards personhood through AS and the spiritual tenants of Theravada Buddhism, as outlined through the Eightfold Path, a guideline to personal development. ...

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Overview

Understanding who you are can be a lonely and difficult process following the diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome (AS). Asperger's Syndrome and Mindfulness illuminates this experience as an empowering path of discovery through the teachings of Buddhism.

Chris Mitchell draws parallels between the experience of his own journey towards personhood through AS and the spiritual tenants of Theravada Buddhism, as outlined through the Eightfold Path, a guideline to personal development. Worry and anxiety, confusing desires or negative thoughts are among the everyday hindrances a person with AS faces. This book takes the reader through the key beliefs of Theravada Buddhism, such as Mindfulness and the Four Noble Truths, showing how practices such as Insight Meditation can lead to a positive resolution of these feelings.

Talking openly about his own personal experiences, Chris Mitchell provides helpful tips and suggestions for improving confidence and self-esteem towards an overall better sense of self that will be of interest to anyone diagnosed with AS or their family and friends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843106869
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Pages: 146
  • Sales rank: 821,040
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Mitchell was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 1998, when he was 20 years old. Having completed an MA (Hons) in Information and Library Management, he currently works at Durham County Council. He is an active advocate for raising awareness of the positive aspects of AS, giving talks, seminars and workshops throughout the UK. He also offers mentoring and support services for school leavers and students entering higher education with AS. Chris has written an autobiography of his own experience of AS, entitled Glass Half-Empty, Glass Half-Full: How Asperger's Syndrome Has Changed My Life and practices meditation in his spare time.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Note on Terminology and Pronunciation 11

Chapter 1 Introduction: The path of Asperger's Syndrome 13

Chapter 2 Asperger's Syndrome and the Five Hindrances 21

Chapter 3 Starting with Who You Are: How the easiest person to like can be you 29

Chapter 4 Seeing the Truth: How to control mind proliferation and see others as they really are 37

Chapter 5 Gaining Insight from Those Around Me: How insight can strengthen one's awareness 45

Chapter 6 Worrying in an Anxiety-driven World: How to curb tendency to worry through curtailing stress and anxiety 53

Chapter 7 Curtailing Feelings of Anger and Frustration: How to control and respond to anger effectively 61

Chapter 8 Discipline and Routine: How to maintain discipline within routine, including managing changes 69

Chapter 9 Developing Tolerance: How to develop acceptance of and openness towards others without resorting to naivety 79

Chapter 10 Measuring Success and Goal-setting: How to measure success realistically and achieve without distancing ourselves from truth 89

Chapter 11 Facing and Coping with Suffering: How to manage feelings of suffering (dukkha) through reflection 101

Chapter 12 Finding Balance in Mindfulness and Concentration: How to take responsibility for one's own world and recognise the worlds others live within 113

Chapter 13 Overcoming the Hindrances: How a person with Asperger's Syndrome can overcome difficulties associated with the Five Hindrances through recognition of the Five Spiritual Faculties 123

Chapter 14 Epilogue: University reunion 129

References 133

Index 135

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