In Your Own Hands: New Hope for People with Chronic Medical Conditions: Mindfulness-Based Practices for Mastery and Wellbeing

In Your Own Hands: New Hope for People with Chronic Medical Conditions: Mindfulness-Based Practices for Mastery and Wellbeing

by Larry Berkelhammer

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ISBN-13: 9780991243709
Publisher: Self-Efficacy Press
Publication date: 01/15/2014
Pages: 458
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)

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In Your Own Hands: New Hope for People with Chronic Medical Conditions: Mindfulness-Based Practices for Mastery and Wellbeing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CynthiaSueLarson More than 1 year ago
Excellent Guide to Mindful Mastery and Wellbeing IN OUR OWN HANDS is a remarkable resource for people seeking the best way to live with chronic illness. Berkelhammer shares effective techniques that he's found to substantially improve his quality of life, sharing a wealth of current scientific research and findings that are well beyond the scope of what most medical doctors provide for their patients. Organized in four parts, the first half of IN YOUR OWN HANDS starts out describing mastery and wellbeing, explaining how and why a practice of mindfulness is especially valuable for improving one's health. The second half of the book explores the importance of how well the choices we make are aligned with our values, providing a great deal of tips and suggestions for ways we can better practice helpful qualities such as: gratitude, loving self-care, self-acceptance, self-expression, meaning and purpose, service to others, relationships, and humor.  I'm tremendously impressed with the way IN YOUR OWN HANDS is structured, and with the way it starts by indicating the kinds of unhealthy mental attitudes many people inadvertently and unwittingly participate in as a matter of habit. For example, when discussing the hazards associated with cognitive fusion, in which we associate something (such as a noise, sight, or smell) with another environmental stimulus (such as medicine or a treatment of some kind), Berkelhammer shares a fascinating real-life account of laboratory mice who died of pneumonia after having been exposed to camphor. Their immune systems were compromised as if the camphor was being combined with psychophosphamite, a chemical that compromises the immune system. The takeaway lesson is made quite dramatically in this example that when we practice mindfulness, we can reduce the number of ways we inadvertently stress ourselves thanks to learned associations between a number of factors.  I especially love the way Berkelhammer describes the three major components of mindfulness as: observing the experience, describing the experience, and participating in the present experience. Berkelhammer provides ways readers can practice mindfulness in daily life through something as simple as becoming conscious of making choices as often as possible, and increasing the number of conscious choices you make that are harmonious with your personal values.  IN YOUR OWN HANDS is packed with research, practical tips and suggestions, and wonderful ways of becoming and staying mindful in daily life that will help all readers--not just those currently suffering from chronic health challenges. Highly recommended!