Mindfulness 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.
Based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), the book 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 meditations 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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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