Mindful Recovery: A Spiritual Path to Healing from Addiction / Edition 1

Mindful Recovery: A Spiritual Path to Healing from Addiction / Edition 1

by Thomas Bien, Beverly Bien
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ISBN-10:
0471442615
ISBN-13:
9780471442615
Pub. Date:
04/28/2002
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company

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Mindful Recovery: A Spiritual Path to Healing from Addiction / Edition 1

"This wise book provides practical exercises that will help us to develop conscious awareness and inner understanding, and the ways and means to free us from unsatisfying habits, addictions, and unconscious behavior patterns. I recommend it highly."
––Lama Surya Das, author of the bestselling Awakening the Buddha Within

"Anyone interested in finding a kind, spiritual guide to recovery that focuses on flexibility rather than the ‘one true way’ will benefit from this enjoyable and helpful book."
––Maia Szalavitz, coauthor with Joseph Volpicelli, M.D., of Recovery Options: The Complete Guide

In Mindful Recovery, you’ll discover a fresh and effective method for healing from addiction that can help you handle important challenges, from managing anxiety and resisting cravings to dealing with emotional and physical imbalance.

Drawing on both ancient spiritual wisdom and the authors’ extensive clinical psychological work with their patients over many years, Mindful Recovery shows you how to use the simple Buddhist practice of mindfulness to be aware of–– and enjoy–– life in the present moment without the need to enhance or avoid experience with addictive behaviors. Mindful Recovery guides you step by step through ten powerful "doorways" to mindful recovery, giving you specific strategies that can help you cultivate a sense of calm awareness and balance in your life.

Filled with personal stories of recovery, practical exercises, instructions for meditation, and more, Mindful Recovery accompanies you on a journey of exploration and healing that will help you find the strength and the tools to change, leading you to a fresh new experience of everyday living.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471442615
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/28/2002
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 270,032
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

THOMAS BIEN, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and public speaker with experience running workshops, lectures, and seminars on addiction and spirituality. BEVERLY BIEN, M.Ed., is the executive director of La Vida Felicidad, an agency that provides services to people with disabilities; she co-leads the workshops, lectures, and seminars on addiction and spirituality with Thomas Bien. She holds a master's degree in counseling psychology. Visit the authors' Web site at mindfulpsychology.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by G. Alan Marlett, Ph.D.

Acknowledgments.

Part One: Mindful Recovery.

Introduction: Getting to Here and Now.

The Process of Change.

Part Two: The Ten Doorways to Mindful Recovery.

Doorway One: Seeing the Magic of the Ordinary.

Practice: Be Aware of Your Breathing.

Practice: Reclaim the Magic.

Practice: Establish Moments of Mindfulness.

Practice: Stop Making Hope an Obstacle.

Practice: Recognize Enough.

Doorway Two: Telling Life Stories.

Practice: Write Your Own Obituary.

Practice: Claim Your Freedom.

Practice: Weigh the Pros and Cons of Sin/Redemption.

Practice: Contact the Hero Within

Doorway Three: Journaling.

Practice: Learn to Write without Censoring.

Practice: See Mistakes as Part of Living.

Practice: Identify the Chapters of Your Life.

Practice: Write Your Own Unique Life Line.

Doorway Four: Meditating.

Practice: Establish a Meditation Practice.

Practice: Experience the Breath as Happening of Itself.

Practice: Learn Not to Struggle.

Doorway Five: Recreation and Nature.

Practice: See Yourself and the World as Not Two.

Practice: Use Television Mindfully.

Practice: Shop for True Necessities.

Doorway Six: Loving.

Practice: See It from Their Perspective.

Practice: See Each Other at Meals.

Practice: Listen Deeply.

Practice: Enjoy Mindful Touching.

Doorway Seven: Dreaming.

Doorway Eight: Working.

Practice: Meditate on Work as Blessing and Curse.

Practice: Find Alternative Ways to Restore Yourself after Work.

Practice: Transform Your Thinking.

Doorway Nine: Transforming Negative Emotions.

Practice: The Five Remembrances.

Practice: The Four Noble Truths.

Doorway Ten: Living Moment by Moment.

Practice: Imagine Nothing.

Recommended Reading.

Index.

What People are Saying About This

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"The practice of mindfulness is the Buddha's main ingredient in his recipe for lasting peace, happiness and enlightened living. It is only through experiencing this with ourselves that we can heal what ails us, transform ourselves and our relationships, and find true purpose and fulfillment. This wise book provides practical exercises that will help us to develop conscious awareness and inner understanding, and the ways and means to free us from unsatisfying habits, addictions, and unconscious behavior patterns. I recommend it highly." --Lama Surya Das, author of the bestselling AWAKENING THE BUDDHA WITHIN

"Mindful Recovery combines two hitherto unrelated worlds -- that of modern cognitive therapy and Buddhist reflection. The connection makes incredible sense, since Buddhism is not a religion in the traditional sense so much as it is a method for directing one's thoughts and experiences. By centering oneself in one's here-and-now, lived experience, addicts can avoid the infantilism, the regrets, the efforts to seek unrewarding rewards that are the basis for self-destructive behaviors. By reading about and applying these techniques, individuals can work on the internal urges that accompany their addictive problems." --Stanton Peele, Ph.D., author of THE TRUTH ABOUT ADDICTION AND RECOVERY and THE MEANING OF ADDICTION

"Anyone interested in finding a kind, spiritual guide to recovery that focuses on flexibility rather than the 'one true way' will benefit from this enjoyable and helpful book." --Maia Szalavitz, coauthor with Joseph Volpicelli M.D. of RECOVERY OPTIONS: THE COMPLETE GUIDE

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Mindful Recovery: A Spiritual Path to Healing from Addiction 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mindful Recovery makes the breakthrough teachings of mindfulness accessible to those who struggle with addiction. It is an extremely wise and helpful book--clearly the best of its genre and written by authors who obviously know how to reach out to their audience. Mindful Recovery teaches the reader how to use meditation both on and off the cushion as the basis for a more fulfilling life--bringing calm awareness into work, relationships, and emotions. The only problem I have with the book is that its suggestions are equally helpful to those who do not struggle with addictions, yet the title and marketing do not target these broader audiences. This is a must read. As a surprisingly refreshing alternative to other approaches to addiction, I think it could easily become a classic in the field.
serenityIM More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent reference for all who have explored recovery process and want more; more insight, more knowledge, and more spiritual guidance. The authors include and compare(in a way that avoids criticism) 12 step processes and how the theory they support does add to the 12 step process of recovery. As a recovering addict who continues to explore all avenues of growth and knowledge, I highly recommend this reading. I feel it expanded my knowledge of the addiction process and how one can add to their development of inner automomy and comfort.
Elmerj More than 1 year ago
The reader is welcomed into Eastern Philosophy through "doorways." Each doorway provides information and techniques which can be implemented immediately. Following the steps, you are able to experience changes while reading the book. Although "Recovery" is in the Title, this book is for anyone wanting a deep understanding of why they feel the way they feel. More importantly, for anyone wanting real change by attacking issues at the root, not merely masking or compartmentalizing.