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Mindful Compassion [Kindle Edition]

Paul Gilbert
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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This ground-breaking new book combines the best of Compassion-Focused Therapy with the most effective mindfulness techniques. The result is an extremely effective approach to overcoming everyday emotional and psychological problems and improving one's sense of wellbeing.

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Based on the latest work from Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, bestselling author of The Compassionate Mind, and Buddhist expert Choden.

Professor Gilbert has spent the past twenty years developing a new therapy called Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) which has an gained international following. In recent years, mindfulness is being used increasingly to treat common mental health problems such as depression, stress and stress-related insomnia.

In this ground-breaking new book, Professor Gilbert, along with his co-author Choden, combines the best of Compassion-Focused Therapy with the most effective mindfulness techniques. The result is an extremely effective approach to overcoming everyday emotional and psychological problems and improving one's sense of wellbeing.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The way forward? 2 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is an an extremely interesting take on Buddhist-type mindful practices, blending as it does evolutionary theory, neuroscience and, essentially, Buddhist meditation methods - though accessible to anyone whatever his or her backgrouns. In the first part of the book we have an explanation of the theory behind the practices that are outlined in the second half. The first part is concerned with understanding the nature of the human person and in particular how the mind (though the writer tends to refer to the 'brain') works. I found when I read the first part so much ringing true. The authors speak of the various drives that impact on the human person, influencing how we feel and behave. None of these are negative in themselves. None of them are caused by us but are rather the by product of millions of years of evolution. However, many are less useful now in our modern context and we have become almost like a victim of some of these drives. Society has so many problems because our minds are imbalanced in favour of certain tendencies for instance. We are driven for instance by competitive and stimulative drives rather than the innate faculty for contentment. What is needed is to restore balance. Sounds a bit like good old Aristotle and eudaimonia, the notion that humans need to create a harmonic society for human flourishing

The authors offer practical solutions regarding how to balance these drives to make us more happy and content. Many of these practicesmare taken from the Buddhist traditions yet they bear a resemblance also to traditional christian practice such as the Ignatian examen of consciousness. i will return to this book as it is so full of interesting thoughts and ideas. The important thing is however that it is not abstract but eminently practical.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward read 1 May 2013
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Having read Gilbert's Compassionate Mind although i enjoyed it I would not have suggested it as a self help book for clients - this I would - Its in layman's language making it more accessible to a general audience. I enjoyed the political commentary too! It was brilliant to get this first on the kindle as it is not yet available in paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 27 Oct 2013
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This is an excellent book for those wanting to increase their understanding of mindful compassion. It is written in an easy to read style and so very transferable to practice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars great boook 2 Aug 2013
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Gilbert at his clearest. I love the work of Gilbert et al. But I often find him too wordy this is simple and to the point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 14 July 2013
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This is very rewarding reading about compassion and its value to us for better health. Motivation is a topic which runs through it too. Gilberts style is very positive and encouraging. The book is very detailed and certainly gives food for thought. The values of Buddhism are also drawn upon. Overall one of the best books on this sort of topic I have found.
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