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.
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About 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 Mindful Way through Depression. He lives in England.
DANNY PENMAN, PhD, is a feature and comment writer for the UK’s Daily Mail. After gaining a PhD in biochemistry, he worked for The Independent and the BBC. He lives in England.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Jon Kabat-Zinn ix
1 Chasing Your Tail 1
2 Why Do We Attack Ourselves? 15
3 Waking Up to the Life You Have 32
4 Introducing the Eight-Week Mindfulness Program 56
5 Mindfulness Week One: Waking Up to the Autopilot 67
6 Mindfulness Week Two: Keeping the Body in Mind 90
7 Mindfulness Week Three: The Mouse in the Maze 111
8 Mindfulness Week Four: Moving Beyond the Rumor Mill 136
9 Mindfulness Week Five: Turning Toward Difficulties 161
10 Mindfulness Week Six: Trapped in the Past or Living in the Present? 185
11 Mindfulness Week Seven: When Did You Stop Dancing? 211
12 Mindfulness Week Eight: Your Wild and Precious Life 238
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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!!
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..,
Useful in my personal and professional lives.