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MBSR Every Day: Daily Practices from the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

MBSR Every Day: Daily Practices from the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

by Elisha Goldstein PhD, Bob Stahl PhD


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In the tradition of their highly successful A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Elisha Goldstein and Bob Stahl present a unique, accessible collection of daily practices to help readers stay grounded in the here and now.

Stress is a part of daily life, but over time it can cause us to feel anxious, irritable, and overwhelmed. So how can you keep stress from getting the best of you and avoid total burnout? The key to maintaining balance in life is to respond to stress with genuine, nonjudgmental awareness of our bodies and minds. Drawing on the ancient wisdom of mindfulness, this practical guide will show you tons of little ways you can overcome stress every day—no matter what life throws your way.

The mindfulness strategies in this book are inspired by mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a clinically proven program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Research has shown that MBSR is effective in alleviating a number of health and mental health conditions, including stress, anxiety, panic, depression, chronic pain, and more. This important book works wonderfully on its own, or can be used in conjunction with AMindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook.

If you are ready to permanently change the way you handle stress, gain powerful inspiration, and live more fully in the moment, this book is the perfect guide.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626251731
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Elisha Goldstein, PhD, cofounded the Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles, CA. He is coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, and author of Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect: How a Mindful Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life, and Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler. He developed the Mindfulness at Work™ program recognized by the National Business Group on Health for its success in stress management, the Mindful Compassion Cognitive Therapy (MCCT) program, and the premier eCourse Basics of Mindfulness Meditation, and codeveloped CALM (Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness) with his wife Stefanie Goldstein, PhD. He is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles, CA.
Bob Stahl, PhD, has founded seven mindfulness-based stress reduction programs at medical centers in the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently offering programs at Dominican Hospital in Los Gatos and El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. Stahl serves as a senior teacher for the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Stahl is coauthor of AMindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Livingwith Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, and AMindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety. He is the guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 One Moment

1 Be a Beginner 16

2 Come to Your Senses 20

3 Mind Your Thoughts 24

4 Find Patience 28

5 Play! 32

6 Be Mindful of a Simple Task 36

7 Connect 40

8 The Gifts of Imperfection 44

9 Practice with Others 48

Part 2 Breathe

10 Simply Breathe 54

11 Prepare for Practice 57

12 Space, Time, and Posture 61

13 Breath as an Anchor 66

14 Make Peace with Your Mind 70

15 Uncover Gratitude 74

16 Trust Your Experience 78

Part 3 Tune the Heart

17 Practice "Kindfulness" 84

18 Love Yourself 87

19 Open Up to Joy 90

20 Smile (It's Good for You) 94

21 Be Generous 97

22 Remember to Forgive 101

23 Be Gentle 105

24 Open Your Heart to Others 109

Part 4 Meditate

25 Start with Your Body 114

26 Know These Five Obstacles 119

27 Apply These Five Antidotes 123

28 Welcome and Entertain Them All 128

29 Let Be and Let Go 132

30 Turn into the Skid 135

31 Mindfulness on the Go 139

32 Breath, Body, Sound 143

33 Don't Stress About Your Thoughts 147

34 Release the Critic 150

35 Uncover the Comparing Mind 154

36 Allow Whatever Is Here 158

Part 5 Be

37 Living (Loving) Awareness 164

38 Dip Beneath Identity 168

39 Discover Your Natural Balance 172

40 An Optical Delusion of Consciousness 176

41 Consider All Beings 180

42 Lovingkindness 184

43 Opening to Interconnection 190

References 195

Acknowledgments 203


Stahl resides in Santa Cruz, CA; Goldstein resides in Santa Monica, CA.

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