Stress and pain are nearly unavoidable in our daily lives; they are part of the human condition. This stress can often leave us feeling irritable, tense, overwhelmed, and burned-out. The key to maintaining balance is responding to stress not with frustration and self-criticism, but with mindful, nonjudgmental awareness of our bodies and minds. Impossible? Actually, it's easier than it seems.
In just weeks, you can learn mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a clinically proven program for alleviating stress, anxiety, panic, depression, chronic pain, and a wide range of medical conditions. Taught in classes and clinics worldwide, this powerful approach shows you how to focus on the present moment in order to permanently change the way you handle stress. As you work through this book, you'll learn how to replace stress-promoting habits with mindful ones-a skill that will last a lifetime.
About the Author
Bob Stahl, Ph.D., founded and directs mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programs in three medical centers in the San Francisco Bay Area. A longtime mindfulness practitioner, he has completed MBSR teacher certification at University of Massachusetts Medical Center and lived in a Buddhist monastery for more than eight years. Bob also serves as adjunct senior teacher for Oasis, the institute for mindfulness-based professional education at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and cofounder of the Mindfulness Center for Psychotherapy and Psychiatry. He teaches MBSR and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) in West Los Angeles. He is author of the audio CD series Mindful Solutions, which deals with issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, adult ADHD, and success at work. He is also author of popular mindfulness and psychotherapy blogs on www.psychcentral.com and www.mentalhelp.net, and conducts workshops, radio interviews, and lectures on the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness.
Foreword writer Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., is author of numerous books, including Full Catastrophe Living; Wherever You Go, There You Are; and Coming to Our Senses.
Afterword writer Saki Santorelli, Ed.D., MA, is executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and author of Heal Thyself.
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Table of Contents
chapter 1 what is mindfulness? 15
chapter 2 mindfulness and the mind-body connection 17
chapter 3 how to practice mindfulness meditation 41
chapter 4 how mindfulness works with stress reduction 51
chapter 5 mindfulness of the body 65
chapter 6 deepening your practice 83
chapter 7 meditation for anxiety and stress 115
chapter 8 transforming fear through loving-kindness meditation 143
chapter 9 interpersonal mindfulness 157
chapter 10 the healthy path of mindful eating, exercise, rest, and connection 177
chapter 11 keeping up your practice 191
What People are Saying About This
"These illuminating insights and practical exercises can transform your life and even help you build a stronger brain . . . . The authors have provided a step-by-step approach to bringing [MBSR] into your daily life. Why not start now?"--(Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Mindsight and The Mindful Brain)
"This is an excellent, systematic, helpful, and practical workbook. Doing these practices brings many blessings. They will reduce stress and truly transform your life."--(Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., author of The Wise Heart and A Path with Heart)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The perfect book for a beginner like me. I never figured I would get into meditation since I have a major problem with staying on task mentally; but after reading that the neuro-scientists are realizing that mindful meditation has produced significant improvements in brain structure, I decided to give it one more try. Reading a review of Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg got me started and I was very impressed with her approach that seemed much more attention-deficit friendly than prior books I had read. This workbook is a perfect follow up because it provides the structure, simple format and the 21 CDs that guide you through the different types of meditation and act as a resource for the future. If someone is not into details like in Salzberg's Real Happiness, you could start with this workbook and do just fine, too. Nice to have options!