The price we pay for today’s fast-paced, always-connected life is often stress, anxiety, and depression. While drawing on ancient wisdom, Donald Altman embraces twenty-first-century brain science to create practical, everyday strategies for experiencing a less-encumbered, less-entangled state of being. These techniques reactivate natural abilities you already possess. The four keys for unlocking mindfulness are the body, the mind, the spirit, and relationships. Altman presents practices for turning each key toward contentment, confidence, and joy, including shifting our mental and emotional perceptions, inhabiting the body and its “sense-abilities,” exploring spiritual connection, and tapping into the healing powers of community and relationship. Inviting and accessible to those new to mindfulness but comprehensive enough for more experienced practitioners, these powerful tools will help you transform your life from the inside out.
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"The Mindfulness Code, Keys for Overcoming Stress, Anxiety, Fear and Unhappiness," by Donald Altman, 2010 New World Library, 258 pages. ISBN 978-1-57731-893-4 According to me, "This might as well be called the cure for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)." WebMD.com defines PTSD as "Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an intense emotional and psychological response to an event, either recent or in the past, that was very disturbing or stressful (traumatic). It can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, such as rape, a natural disaster, or war. While not all sufferers of PTSD are active duty or veterans, this topic has been in the news recently because of the increasing prevalence of the disorder in society at large. CBS News reports today that studies estimate that up to 30 percent of the men and women who return from war struggle with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. While PTSD relief may be one application for Altman's writing, anyone suffering from stress, anxiety, fear and unhappiness will benefit from this book. The format is traditional, i.e., full of real-life examples where the names have been changed to protect patient's privacy, and complete with self-help exercises at the end of each chapter. The exercises are really the best I've seen in a while. There are four keys - mind, body, spirit and relationship. A reader/ self-help practitioner could tackle these sections in any order if they desired. However, the book is written in a format that builds strength upon strength, practice upon practice. Chapters are short, most exercises are quick, all are thought-provoking, inspirational and follow a simple pattern. This is a book that I highly recommend to anyone suffering from PTSD. While I'm not a doctor or even a licensed social worker, I do live with someone who suffers greatly from PTSD and, it's my personal opinion, that by following this book, a person could enhance their life and receive long-term benefits. You may not know but any drugs that are prescribed to PTSD patients only address the symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety, etc. and do not address the PTSD itself. There is limited pharmaceutical help and we are a society that relies on drugs to make our issues go away. PTSD is one example of an illness where sufferers are left to fend for themselves while pursuing psycho-therapy. And, let's look at reality. With more and more troops returning home from war, and with PTSD diagnosis rising, our military and veterans services are straining to keep pace with demand. The Pentagon is offering troops yoga nidra in an effort to mentally strengthen troops psyques before deployment. Upon returning home, and finding that the trauma symptoms don't disappear when the threats of war are gone, a soldier struggles to find balance and restore normalcy. Some who return are finding solace in yoga which goes to show the benefits of raising one's consciousness. This book works along those same lines and empowers anyone and everyone, from the most stable of personalities to those experiencing upheaval and chaos in life, to find equilibrium and a sense of normalcy. For other sources of stress and mental anguish, maybe all your problems won't disappear - they may still repossess your house and that divorce might really finalize - but there is an emotional balan