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Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
     

Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World

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by Mark Williams, Danny Penman, Jon Kabat-Zinn (Foreword by)
 

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MINDFULNESS reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and exhaustion. It promotes the kind of happiness and peace that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage.

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MINDFULNESS reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and exhaustion. It promotes the kind of happiness and peace that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage.

The book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and is widely recommended by US physicians and the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence - in other words, it works. More importantly it also works for people who are not depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world.

MBCT was developed by the book's author, Oxford professor Mark Williams, and his colleagues at the Universities of Cambridge and Toronto. By investing just 10 to 20 minutes each day, you can learn the simple mindfulness meditations at the heart of MBCT and fully reap their benefits. The book includes links to audio mediations to help guide you through the process. You'll be surprised by how quickly these techniques will have you enjoying life again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
From Oxford University professor Williams and journalist Penman comes this clearly articulated and remarkably user-friendly guide to mindfulness. Williams and Penman forgo the religious theory that often accompanies mindfulness texts, emphasizing the practice’s therapeutics instead of its theology. Deceptively simple exercises involving attentive eating, breath-focused meditation, and the noticing of bodily sensations will effectively move practitioners from an overanalyzing “Doing mode” to a “Being mode” that is fully awake to the present moment. Introductory chapters effectively explain how stressful life conditions lead to negative mental states and why it is better to acknowledge emotional distress rather than suppress it. The remaining chapters present an eight-week course that begins with increasing attention during routine tasks and ends with a complete integration of mindfulness into daily life. Along the way, the authors present several “habit releaser” activities that will give routines a shakeup. Completing the mindfulness exercises found in this practical and wise book will leave readers with the glowing assurance that “whatever you are doing, mindfulness is only one breath away.” (Nov.)
From the Publisher

“Want a happier, more content life? I highly recommend the down-to-earth methods you’ll find in this book. Professor Mark Williams and Dr. Danny Penman have teamed up to give us scientifically grounded techniques we can apply in the midst of our everyday challenges and catastrophes.” —Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

“Peace can't be achieved in the outside world unless we have peace on the inside. Mark Williams and Danny Penman's book gives us this peace.” —Goldie Hawn

“Clarity and simplicity of explanation and instruction is a wonderful plus to those who might want to try this practice. This eight week program is well presented and doable – even for busy people.” —Sound Commentary

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609611989
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

MARK WILLIAMS, PhD, is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is the author of the best-selling Mindful Way through Depression, which has so far sold over 250,000 copies. He lives in England.

DANNY PENMAN, PhD, is an award winning feature and comment writer for the UK's Daily Mail. After earning a PhD in biochemistry, he worked for The Independent and the BBC. He has won two investigative journalism awards from the Humane Society of the United States and one from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). He lives in England.

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Mindfulness 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
mlorio More than 1 year ago
I have been reading several books lately on mindfulness so I was interested in this title with its 8-week plan. While the book doesn't reveal any earth-shaking new information, it does provide some unique ways of considering mindfulness. What makes this title different is the more practical step-by-step plan on how to adopt mindfulness in your life. I read this title as an electronic advanced review so I did not have the time to adopt the practices, but I am looking forward to purchasing the title when it is released to try to incorporate it into my life. The only negatives of this title are that it does have the overly optimistic "do this and your life will be wonderful" tone of most self-improvement titles. Also the URL provided to find the audio meditation tracks is a dead link. I am assuming that the site is still being worked on before the release of the title and the final version will have a working URL.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent Book, with a great how to plan, that is working for me! I I think that chapter four's contents should have came before two and three, it is too confusing to have to go back and study while I am doing the exercises.I  am just  doing the first exercise! So good, so far!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding book. Initially explains the mechanisms of how the brain processes emotions, thoughts and stress on a subconcious level. Then explains and gives you tools, Mindfulness breathing, the Body Scan and Dealing with Difficult Emotions. This in turn will affect every aspect of your life. It is so simple. "The truth will set you free" in Latin, Veritas vas liberabit. This book will help one uncover ones own truth. I've recommended it to a few patients with excellent results for those who were motivated. One of my favorite books and most useful in todays busy and hectic environment. Helped me to stop and smell the roses..,
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Useful in my personal and professional lives.