True Belonging: Mindful Practices to Help You Overcome Loneliness, Connect with Others, and Cultivate Happiness [NOOK Book]

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Find True Connection with Others and Compassion for Yourself

When was the last time you experienced authentic connections with others, truly felt that you belonged, and were surrounded by people who really understood you? Even though many of us experience the power of deep connection much less often than we would like, this sense of true belonging is always available to us, regardless of our outside circumstances. You can reduce feelings of alienation, isolation, and loneliness...

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True Belonging: Mindful Practices to Help You Overcome Loneliness, Connect with Others, and Cultivate Happiness

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Overview


Find True Connection with Others and Compassion for Yourself

When was the last time you experienced authentic connections with others, truly felt that you belonged, and were surrounded by people who really understood you? Even though many of us experience the power of deep connection much less often than we would like, this sense of true belonging is always available to us, regardless of our outside circumstances. You can reduce feelings of alienation, isolation, and loneliness by simply choosing to foster feelings of unity and connectedness. This book will show you how.


True Belonging offers over thirty reflective practices that will help you explore your interdependence with all living things, treat yourself more kindly, and create richer connections with others. Each practice will help you build a deeper-felt sense of belonging in all of your relationships and develop compassion for yourself and those around you.

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One recent critic of Facebook described it as a community of loneliness. Indeed, there is evidence that in our age of instant communication, men and women are more isolated and lonely than ever. In this new book, the co-authors of the Five Good Minutes series share simple exercises and meditations to help people gain a feeling of unity and connectedness to the world around them, thus giving them a more mindful and compassionate perspective. A gentle remedy for the millions of Americans who suffer from depression and loneliness. Editor's recommendation.

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“Curl up with this delicious book. Savor it. Taste the exercises. In a world where we so often find ourselves alienated, disconnected from others and even from ourselves, it can help you reconnect and heal.”
—Thomas Bien, PhD, author of The Buddha’s Way of Happiness and Mindful Recovery

“Perhaps one of the most important topics of our time. True Belonging shows us how to connect with what truly matters.”
—Elisha Goldstein, PhD, coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

“In clear, straightforward language—and with unmistakable caring—True Belonging shows ways to break through partial truths, mistaken beliefs, and shoddy storylines that mire us in loneliness. On the other side lies a cheerful appreciation of the ‘whole truth’ of who we really are.”
—Barry Boyce, editor of The Mindfulness Revolution and www.mindful.org

“Whether you already know and cherish a sense of true belonging in this world and would dive more deeply into it or are someone who longs for its embrace, this lovely guidebook to personal transformation will greatly contribute to your life. It offers a true path from isolation and loneliness. You will find here a loving and thoughtful weave of wisdom and compassion, gentle, caring guidance, and many simple yet profound meditations that can awaken in you a deep sense of connectedness in the family of all things.”
—Steve Flowers, MS, MFT, author of The Mindful Path through Shyness, coauthor of Living With Your Heart Wide Open, and director of the mindfulness-based stress reduction clinic at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, CA

True Belonging is a true gift. This book is for anyone who wants to connect more deeply and compassionately with themselves, with others, and with the great web of life to which we all belong. No need to wait another moment—follow the practical guidance offered in True Belonging and open your heart now.”
—Diane Reibel, PhD, is director of the Mindfulness Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and coauthor of Teaching Mindfulness

“Jeffery Brantley and Wendy Millstine’s True Belonging is a gift! This book offers a pathway of connection and interconnection into all of life. Read this book, work these practices, and feel the loving embrace of the universe. You have not been forsaken!”
—Bob Stahl, PhD, mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher in northern California, adjunct senior teacher at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook and Living With Your Heart Wide Open

“The real you is centered, confident, connected, and inspired. Feel it! Read True Belonging. I love this book!”
—Jill Spiegel, author of How To Talk To Anyone About Anything!

“Isolation and loneliness are quite debilitating states of being that can result in difficulties in mental and physical health. Brantley and Millstine offer mindfulness-based skills and insights that can dramatically improve one’s quality of life through connecting with others and cultivating happiness.”
—Gina M. Biegel, MA, LMFT, psychotherapist, mindfulness-based stress reduction researcher and teacher, and author of The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608824717
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,331,960
  • File size: 292 KB

Meet the Author


Jeffrey Brantley, MD, is a consulting associate in the Duke Department of Psychiatry and the founder and director of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at Duke University's Center for Integrative Medicine. He has represented the Duke MBSR program in numerous radio, television and print interviews. He is coauthor of Five Good Minutes, Five Good Minutes in Evening, Five Good Minutes at Work, and The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook.


Wendy Millstine, NC, is a freelance writer and certified holistic nutrition consultant who specializes in diet and stress reduction. With Jeffrey Brantley, she is coauthor of the Five Good Minutes® series and Daily Meditations for Calming Your Anxious Mind. She lives in Sonoma County.

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Table of Contents

introduction 1

the foundation 23

part 1 connecting with yourself: practices for deepening awareness 55

1 It's Like This, in You-"Yes!" 56

2 "Not Me, Not Me" 60

3 Caring for Your Pain 64

4 Nourishing Your Hunger for Connection 68

5 The Gift of Forgiveness 71

6 Calm Body, Quiet Mind, Steady Attention 74

7 "Ah, This Grand Body of Mine!" 78

8 A Value-Driven Life 80

9 Path to Joy 83

10 Opening into Awareness 85

part 2 connecting with others: practices for understanding and caring 89

11 Remembering the Animals 90

12 A Fingerprint of Love 93

13 The Source of All Life 96

14 Fall in Love with Life 98

15 Belonging to the Natural World 101

16 A World of Smiles 104

17 "We-ness" 107

18 "Stop and Stay with Me" 109

19 Containers for Connection 113

20 Dissolve the Boundary 116

21 There Is Always Silence 119

part 3 taking mindful and compassionate action in the world 121

22 Practicing Peace 122

23 Sending Goodwill 126

24 Listening Anew 128

25 "How Can I Help?" 131

26 For Those in Need 135

27 Global Network for Love 138

28 Your Beautiful Place 141

29 The World in a Bite 145

30 Mindfully Present, No Matter What 148

31 Helping Hands 151

32 River of Abundance 154

references 157

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