Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Anxiety, Fear, and Panic

Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Anxiety, Fear, and Panic

by Jeffrey Brantley

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The Mindfulness Solution to Anxiety

Drawing on techniques and perspectives from two seemingly different traditions, this second edition of the self-help classic Calming Your Anxious Mind offers you a powerful and profound approach to overcoming anxiety, fear, and panic. From the evidence-based tradition of Western medicine, learn the role your thoughts and emotions play in anxiety. And, from the tradition of meditation and the inquiry into meaning and purpose, discover your own potential for presence and stillness, kindness and compassion-and the tremendous power these states give you to heal and transform your life.

    Use this encouraging, step-by-step program to:
  • Learn about the mechanism of anxiety and the body's fear system
  • Develop a healing mindfulness practice-one breath at a time
  • Start on the path to presence, stillness, compassion, and loving kindness
  • Practice acceptance during mindfulness meditation
  • Feel safe while opening up to fearful and anxious feelings

This book is a welcome addition to the anxiety disorders field. Comprehensive as well as clearly written, it provides a wealth of information on the use of meditation and mindfulness practice in recover from anxiety difficulties.

-Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D., author of The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook and Coping with Anxiety

Dr. Brantley's book is clear and warm. It takes the mystery out of meditation and explains how things that at first sight appear 'ordinary' are in fact very important. His extensive clinical experience and his empathy constantly shine through the book.

-Jonathan Davidson, MD, director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program at Duke University

I think the book is fantastic and believe it will fill an important niche in the treatment of anxiety disorders. The information on the physiology of anxiety and the stress response helps to demystify the symptoms for readers, making their problem seem more manageable. Beautifully guided meditations anticipate and address the questions that anxious new meditators will have. The instructions to stay present with the anxiety is powerful and healing. I know I will be recommending it to my patients and colleagues.

-Holly B. Rogers, MD, staff psychiatrist with Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services

As a psychotherapist and teacher of stress reduction, I find this book helpful to clients and clinicians, as well as to meditators wishing to deepen their own practice. Brantley gives practical and compassionate guidance to anyone seeking skillful ways to work with anxiety and panic.

-Allie Rudolph, LCSW, founder and codirector of the University of Virginia Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572247543
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 03/30/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 335,890
File size: 299 KB

About 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 the best-selling author of Calming Your Anxious Mind and coauthor of Five Good Minutes: 100 Morning Practices to Help You Stay Calm and Focused All Day Long.

Table of Contents

Foreword     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction to the revised edition     1
Getting oriented
A mindful approach to fear & anxiety     13
Paying attention on purpose     25
The body & its fear system     33
Anxiety & the power of the mind     43
Mindfulness & meditation     55
Your attitude is important     69
Building your practice foundation     87
Practicing mindfulness
Mindfulness in everyday life     101
Establishing mindfulness, breath by breath     113
Mindfulness of the body     127
Bringing full attention to life     137
Befriending your anxious mind     153
Making room for the upset     163
Applying mindfulness to fear, anxiety & panic
Common concerns about these meditation practices     173
Feeling safe, resting in silence     189
Applying mindfulness to fear & anxiety     199
Taking a larger view     213
Resources     219
References     223

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Calming Your Anxious Mind 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Mindfulness is happiness. If you are not appreciating the present moment, you are not fully alive. This great book helped me understand what it really means to be mindful. It shows us how to be more mindful in our everyday lives by approaching life in a totally new way. I highly recommend this excellent book! If you like these positive life-changing books, you might also like 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato. This is another fantastic book that has changed my life! It looks at things from more of a relationship perspective but it is completely outstanding! This very special book puts your life into perspective and I guarantee that it will also improve all of your relationships dramatically! Have fun!
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