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Bad habits can take a hefty toll on your health and happiness. In The Here-and-Now Habit, mindfulness expert Hugh Byrne provides powerful practices based in mindfulness and neuroscience to help you rewire your brain and finally break the habits that are holding you back from a meaningful life.
Have you found yourself doing something and thinking, Why do I keep doing this? We all have an unhealthy habit—or two, or three. Yours may be as simple as wasting time on the Internet, constantly checking your e-mail, or spending too much time in front of the TV. Or, it may be more serious, like habitual drinking, emotional overeating, constant self-criticism, or chronic worrying. Whatever your harmful habit is—you have the power to break it.
The Here-and-Now-Habit provides proven-effective techniques to help you stop existing on autopilot and start living in the here and now. You’ll learn how to cultivate mindfulness to calm and focus your mind, be aware of thoughts without identifying with them or believing they are true, deal with difficult emotions, and clarify your own intentions regarding unhealthy habits by asking yourself, What do I want? How important is it to me to make this change?
By learning to pay attention to your thoughts and actions in the moment, you’ll discover how to let go of old patterns and create healthier habits and ways of living that will make you feel good about yourself. And when you feel good about you, you can do just about anything.
|Publisher:||New Harbinger Publications|
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Hugh G. Byrne, PhD, is a guiding teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), and cofounder of the Mindfulness Training Institute of Washington. He has worked extensively in the fields of human rights and social justice, and is committed to advocating the benefits of mindfulness and other contemplative practices to help relieve the suffering of the world. He teaches classes, retreats, and workshops in the United States and internationally. Byrne resides in Silver Spring, MD. Foreword writer Tara Brach, PhD, has been practicing meditation since 1975 and leads Buddhist meditation retreats at centers in North America and Europe. She is a clinical psychologist and author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Laying the Groundwork
1 Understanding Habits 9
2 The Basics of Mindfulness 27
Part 2 Putting Wisdom into Practice
3 The Power of Intention: What Matters Most? 53
4 Welcoming Your "Guests" 65
5 Cultivating Attitudes of Mindfulness 77
6 Harnessing the Power of Attention 95
7 Untangling Yourself from Habitual Thoughts and Beliefs 117
8 Riding the Waves of Emotions, Urges, and Cravings 133
9 Taking In the Good: Cultivating Emotions That Support Well-Being and Happiness 145
10 Breaking Harmful Habits in Your Relationships and the Wider World 163
Conclusion: Making Mindfulness Your Default Habit 175
Byrne resides in Silver Spring, MD.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found this book a very helpful. It helped that I knew something of mindfulness before I started the book so I could focus more how it could help break habits that are holding you back from obtaining your goals(one of the author's suggestions is not to call the habits you want to change as being bad). As a was reading the book, I became more aware about how I was sitting(I am currently in physical therapy and need to change some old habits). The book was also helpful in providing techniques of allowing yourself to feel your negative emotions without letting them overwhelm you(which is a worry of mine). Also the author acknowledges that different approaches may work for different people. One shortcoming of the book, is that it does not deal with developing positive and helpful habits which is the flip side of negative habits. Another shortcoming is that it goes into too deeply the Buddhist philosophy for what is a self-help book. However, the book does have many good ideas. It may be more appealing to people who are know about Mindfulness and are looking for ways of discarding certain habits. I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.