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Mindfulness For Dummies

Mindfulness For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Shamash Alidina
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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.’ (, May 2011).

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How to reduce stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, and even chronic pain-by refocusing your mind

A cutting-edge meditation therapy that uses self-control techniques, mindfulness has taken off across the globe as a way of overcoming negative thoughts and emotions and achieving a calmer, more focused state of mind. Written by a professional mindfulness trainer, this practical guide covers the key self-control techniques designed to help you achieve a more focused and contented state of mind, while maximizing the health benefits of mindfulness-from reducing stress, anxiety, and high blood pressure to overcoming depression and low self-esteem and battling chronic pain and insomnia.

  • Includes self-control techniques (such as body posture, sitting practice and breathing exercises) and routines
  • Includes an audio CD featuring narrated meditations and exercises

Introducing you to a new and powerful form of meditation therapy, Mindfulness For Dummies outlines how to use it in your everyday life to achieve a new level of self-awareness and self-understanding and reap the long-term rewards of better health.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

Note: The Kindle edition of this book does not include any CDs or DVDs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2135 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470660864
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (11 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TFE8SI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A meditation must have! 20 May 2011
By Beth
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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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best all round mindfulness book on the market 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on! 13 Aug 2011
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I think anyone could pick up this book and get something out of it - very well written and easy to understand. I've read a few mindfulness and meditation books over the years and I have to say this one is one of the best I've read - it's really motivated me to keep up my meditation practice. CD is great too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 11 Feb 2011
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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindfulness For Dummies (Book + CD) (Paperback) 4 April 2011
By Kevin
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version with audio 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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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great place to start 10 Sep 2010
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I have been looking into mindfulness for a couple years now, but I wish that I had found this book first.

Continuing the excellent standard of the dummies books, this book hold you by the hand and walks you into Mindfulness step by step in a controlled way. I never once felt like I was gtting left behind, and my understanding of this great subject has vastly improved. The CD add's to the experience- especially for those with an auditory preference.

Because I had been reading up on the topic for some time- I did know a bit already, but the book never once patronized me, or made me feel like I was out of sync.

Would definitely recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciate the present 6 May 2012
By Eileen
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginners luck.
I found this book a great start to hopefully my journey into mindfulness. It puts no pressure on you, and takes you by the hand and gently encourages you to try some exercises.
Published 1 month ago by Carrie
5.0 out of 5 stars If you miss something...
Minfulness became trendy word and when you read this book, you understand why.It is an option, how to improve our life.Choice is yours, I decided already.
Published 1 month ago by Darina Slamkova
5.0 out of 5 stars Potentially Life Changing!
I dont write many reviews, but i must do this one as "Mindfulness For Dummies" could change your life for the better. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ANDY
4.0 out of 5 stars Mindfullness for Dummies
Excellent Book. Recommended by a M/Health Practitioner. A lot of information in Book. I dip in and out of Book. Too much to read in 1-2 go/es. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gwyneth Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
I really enjoyed this book, written in an easy to understand style. It has given me much food for thought.
Published 2 months ago by PWilliams
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware! CD not included in kindle version
This is an excellent book, but I regret buying the kindle version because it turns out that the CD cannot be downloaded on to my kindle fire - despite Wiley book support telling me... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms A Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Very clearly written, with do-able exercises, encouraging tips, and achievable goals. A real value for money mindfulness book. The accompanying CD is excellent
Published 4 months ago by Adrienne H
5.0 out of 5 stars A good start
I love the for dummies series and this was no exception. It provides a good starting point for meditation and mindfulness. Highly recommended for anyone looking into the area.
Published 4 months ago by alena chalmovska
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Book
Enjoying reading this book so far, only problem wish i had more time on my hands to really get into it and put it to practise
Published 4 months ago by Sat
5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction
I found this book easy and pleasant to read and the accompanying CD is useful, it has helped me to understand what Mindfulness is and isn't.
Published 4 months ago by John
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