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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Com edition (2 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470660864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470660867
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mr. Shamash Alidina M.Eng., M.A.(Ed.), PGCE

When I first heard about mindfulness and meditation, I was a little hesitant. Meditation sounded esoteric and I wasn't sure how I could possibly benefit from the art of mindfulness. However, after attending an evening class in mindfulness, and completing an eight week course in mindfulness, I was hooked! I had discovered an incredible way of transforming my inner state of mind and living a life of purpose, calm and focus. I began to see a whole different way of meeting life, from just thinking all the time, to connecting with my senses and noticing the beauty, wonder and awe around me. I realised life is about this moment now, rather than constantly planning the future or worrying about the past.

I'm very passionate about mindfulness. I've taught mindfulness meditation in adult groups and through distance learning courses for over 10 years. i trained at Bangor University, and attended trainings by Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Matthieu Ricard. I've also been fortunate to attend talks by the Dalai Lama too.

I run an organisation that trains people to use mindfulness from all walks of life. I also specificially train in mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy either through innovative and powerful distance learning courses, one to one, or in groups, often in London.

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Crammed with useful tips on how to declutter the mind this book teaches you how to deal with your own mindfulness.     (Healthy Magazine, September 2010). ...a straight–forward and accessible guide... engaging and the guided meditations surprisingly easy to go with. (TheJC.com, May 2011).

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Take control of your life and achieve a happier and more focused state of mind

Whether you′re suffering from stress, fatigue or illness or simply want to regain some balance in your life, mindfulness meditation will help you attain a more confident and calm outlook. Using mindful breathing and self–control techniques, this easy–to–follow book and audio CD allow you to let go of negative and distracting thoughts. The hands–on advice and guided meditations provide all the tools you need to start living in the present and become happier and more energized.

  • Unlock the basics find out what mindfulness is and how it can help you

  • Get to know yourself discover what makes you tick and how you can let go of unhelpful emotions and develop a mindful attitude

  • Become focused, calmer and happier learn how to utilize mindfulness at home, at work and in your everyday activities

  • Kick negativity into touch use mindfulness meditations to overcome anxiety, stress, anger, pain, fatigue and more

  • Enrich your life pick up tips on how mindfulness can improve your quality of life and find out how to take your learning further

Audio CD Includes

9 guided meditations, including the body scan meditation and mindful walking meditation

Step–by–step advice on how to?get the most out of mindfulness meditation

Open the book and find:

  • How to achieve greater happiness and contentment in your life

  • Ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life

  • Anxiety and stress–busting exercises

  • Techniques to manage pain and illness

  • Ways to add deeper meaning to your life

  • How to respond wisely to negative life experiences

  • Ways to improve your relationships with others

  • Advice on mindful parenting

Learn to:

  • Develop constructive attitudes and become happier and healthier

  • Incorporate mindfulness meditations into your daily routine

  • Use mindfulness to overcome stress, anger, anxiety, depression and more

Follow the guided meditations on the audio CD to achieve calm and well–being


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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Marianna on 26 Feb. 2013
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I've just bought the book based on great reviews, but I almost didn't because of the negative reviews for the kindle version not including the CD. Well, you can download the CD to your kindle from booksupport . wiley . com (without the spaces), so do buy the kindle version if you like. I've just started reading the book but it already looks like what I was looking for - introduction to Mindfulness and the meditation techniques, written in a clear and interesting manner.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 May 2012
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I know a little about Mindfulness as I own another book but good as it is I really prefer the 'Dummies' one. So far, I have read bits and pieces, as it is possible to dip into it to read any part of particular interest.
The practice of Mindfulness is not simple, but so worthwhile. It teaches so many important aspects to living in the present and dealing with everyday stress.

Some lovely little stories/moral tales are included and while it is not necessary to read them they are memorable e.g. 'The Cracked Pot'.
The format of the book is lovely with a nice clear appearance.

The accompanying CD is great; the Author's voice is perfect. My only problem is that I fall asleep so quickly when listening to the CD that I maybe don't gain all the benefits. Must try to use it during the day.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Mick on 20 May 2011
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If you are new to Mindfulness I heartily recommend this book. The author Shamash Alidina acts as a brilliant guide to help you begin your journey to discover a different way of living. Those lucky enough to read the book will find it hard to put down. Chapter by chapter Shamash guides you through meditation practises that will help you live a 'richer' life and combat depression and anxiety, amongst other afflictions. He writes not just for 'Dummies' but for those of us fed up with rushing from one place to another, always stressed, never enjoying the things we should be and shows us how to establish a life we would rather be living. A foolproof guide, that really is one of the best 'manuals' I have read, coupled with good humour and an enjoyable style, Shamash has given us a 'Bible' on how to cope with everyday life in a world where stress seems inevitable and shows us how to deal with it. The tips and meditation practises he explains are excellent and really work! The CD is the perfect accompaniment to a book that should be compulsory on all bookshelves.

An absolutely brilliant book that assists you in dealing with unwanted thoughts, feelings and unhelpful lifestyles, so you can become a happier, more compassionate human being. Put it on the National Curriculum I say!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Wren on 11 Feb. 2011
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This is so well written, easy to understand and follow. No stone is unturned though, and it's a wonderful explanation of mindfulness. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 28 Oct. 2014
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Currently in order to download the accompanying CD for the Kindle version of this book from the Wiley book support page you need to input the 2010 first edition ISBN number - 9780470660867 not the current ISBN listed on Amazon. File is in zip compressed format so use a free de-compressor like 7-Zip.
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76 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Nadia Lovegrove on 18 July 2010
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This book is brilliant for people who already like mindfulness and beginners alike. I have been using mindfulness for nearly a year now but there is lots for me to learn and gain from this book. I have also brought some copies for some friends who have no experience because it is written so clearly and sectioned so well that it will allow people to learn at their own pace.
The accompanying cd has several meditations of different lengths and types all in a nice style.
Shamash's writing style really is very accessible and friendly. It is a book you can read through, dip into, or use as a reference book.
I personally started to use mindfulness for chronic pain but it has made life a lot calmer and easier in other ways as well as helping with pain.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on 4 April 2011
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I began reading this book in preparation for an eight week course in Mindfulness hosted by it's Author. At first I was a little sceptical as to how a subject such as meditation might fit into the somewhat formulaic structure of the Dummies franchise. I needn't have worried! The writing is clear and inspiring, the exercises (and tips) neatly segmented and explained.

The book (and CD) not only assisted me in the preparation and completion of the course itself, but have also acted as an amazing source of reference over the subsequent weeks, months and hopefully years to come!

My Mac for Dummies book has long since seen a page turn but this one I feel is unlikely to be gathering much in the way of dust...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Davis VINE VOICE on 1 May 2011
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A good introduction and beyond of this great practice. Suitable for beginners but helpful to anyone. The great thing about mindfulness is it is a very simple practice. There are simpler and more succinct books (The mindfulness Manifesto perhaps) but this one will give you a very thorough understanding.
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