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Mindfulness (Kindle Enhanced Edition): A Practical Guide to Peace in a Frantic World [Kindle Edition with Audio/Video]

Prof. Mark Williams
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This is an inspiring programme for anyone who caring about his or her own health and sanity. (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

Peace can't be achieved in the outside world unless we have peace on the inside. Mark Williams and Danny Penman's book gives us this peace (Goldie Hawn)

Want a happier, more content life? I highly recommend the down-to-earth methods you'll find in MINDFULNESS (Daniel Goldman, bestselling author of EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE)

If you want to free yourself from anxiety and stress, and feel truly at ease with yourself, then read this book. (Ruby Wax)

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This is an inspiring programme for anyone who caring about his or her own health and sanity. -- Jon Kabat-Zinn Peace can't be achieved in the outside world unless we have peace on the inside. Mark Williams and Danny Penman's book gives us this peace -- Goldie Hawn Want a happier, more content life? I highly recommend the down-to-earth methods you'll find in MINDFULNESS -- Daniel Goldman, Bestselling Author Of Emotional Intelligence If you want to free yourself from anxiety and stress, and feel truly at ease with yourself, then read this book. -- Ruby Wax

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1,021 of 1,048 people found the following review helpful
By Pete TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've suffered from depression most of my adult life and in that time have been fighting it on numerous fronts: Antidepressants, exercise, dietary changes, CBT and of course enough self help books to start a small shop on the subject. But all of these have only helped with some of the symptoms, none have really cured my depression and none have gone to the heart of it and shown me WHY I am depressed.

I had read in numerous places that meditation was considered beneficial and a particular branch of this, "mindfulness", even more so. But my first experiences with this subject were not good. Having bought the Dummies guide initially, it certainly had many "Aha!" moments but no structure and like most self help books soon went back on the shelf and out of memory. Then I tried a guided meditation CD which whilst considered one of the best in the field it was just too long - I can manage to stay awake for maybe 10 minutes at most when relaxing in this manner and I dare say anyone else on medication for depression would be the same. So that became a useful tool to help me sleep but nothing else.

This book was different. I'll be blunt, I nearly didn't buy it, having become jaded with the whole self-help philosophy but the good reviews and above all the ridiculously low price made this worth the risk. What this book does is give a formal structure - an 8 week course - to the whole idea of mindfulness, plus it gets you going with some very sensible length guided meditations on the CD. With most of these well under 10 minutes, the chances of nodding off are greatly diminished and the typical objections such as "I don't have time" are overcome. And let's be frank about this, if you're suffering from depression and feeling low, you CAN justify 10 minutes a day to try and fight it.
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365 of 386 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really valuable book 11 May 2011
By Spkm
Format:Paperback
Probably like many people, I had a vague idea of what meditation and
mindfulness were before reading this book but didn't really
understand them properly. This book explains mindfulness and its benefits
very clearly and really shows you how regular practice of meditation can
help you deal with the stresses of everyday life. It is particularly
useful that the book provides an 8 week program of different levels or
types of meditation because this really gives you a sense that it is
something practical that can bring about change. This seems to be what
differentiates this book from the other books on meditation that I looked
at. The guided meditations on the accompanying CD are great and have so
far been easy to follow and I look forward to completing the program. Over
all, it seems like a really great book if you want to learn about the
benefits of meditation and mindfulness.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By R. Day
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A very well written, non-fluffy, non-religious guide to help everyday people learn to get in touch with and practice a different way of being. It doesn't patronise or over simplify - its aware and acknowledges the modern and often frantic life we lead. And (for me) it works.

The reason I chose this book was that it was not only available on the kindle but that the actual guided medications that normally come on a CD with the book are available as free downloads on Audible - so I have the guides with me on my iPhone at all times. Which is reassuring in itself.

The recorded guides are also very high quality & well scripted. Thankfully no panpipes, sweeping synthesisers, sounds of the ocean or forest and no dreamy Californian voice-overs encouraging you to align your chakras. The recordings are every bit as good as the book itself.

All I can say is, give it a go. It's made a huge difference in my life and I'm very grateful to the authors for taking the time to write it.
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401 of 434 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Can Change Lives. 11 July 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have to smile about this book: Books that come with CDs are usually subscripted "With accompanying CD" or "With supporting CD", but with this one it is, for me, the other way around. If all you do is buy the book and meditate under the guidance of the CD then it will be the best £10 you'll ever spend. The eight meditations on the CD are progressive and in line with the 8-week meditation course outlined in the book; however, one can happily use any one of them in any order and still derive great benefit and, indeed, enjoyment from them. The content and the style of vocal delivery are just right. One feels reluctant to ditch the CD and go it alone!
This is not to say that the book is unimportant or unnecessary; it contains a written script of the 8 meditations, together with other supporting explanatory material and some exercises for breaking habits and bringing one to appreciate ordinary everyday things. However, I feel that the most important content of the book is the explanation of how the mind holds onto previous painful memories and unconsciously makes connections and associations with those memories when a person experiences disagreeable events or emotions in everyday life. It explains that this response is habitual and uncontrolled; it also explains that the psychological dysfunction operates without full cognisance of the bodily sensations that accompany it and which are caught up in the vicious cycle of impulse, mood, emotion and thought.
I would set this immensely practical meditation method well apart from the methods we are more familiar with; those that focus and concentrate and which try to ignore or even stop thought; constantly chanting some silly mantra to oneself and hoping for some wonderful "aha" experience to happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
If you suffer from chronic or persistent pain this will change your life ditch the pills and feel better well worth the money
Published 10 hours ago by Michael Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Audio not for Samsung tablet!!!
I have not started reading the book yet - intend to tomorrow - start of a two week holiday! I was a little disappointed that the new Samsung tablet my daughter bought me for my... Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Mrs Rita Stubbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - no audio content for kindle users!
Loved the book, so happy to give 5 stars.

However, as I purchased the Kindle version I cannot access the audio content (I could if I had the ipad app, but I have a... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Paul D Astill
5.0 out of 5 stars See what you think
Don't just look at the cover, this is really worth buying and being read from cover to cover. Mindfulness is a great thing and so inspiring, I have read this book and will return... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Purple Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind over matter
Not enough words to describe how brilliant this book is. If you have tried all the therapies and still struggle, turn your attention to Mindfulness. It's so gentle and kind. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Paperback writer
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by doctor
Some helpful thoughts. Bought for my 21 year old daughter. recommended by her doctor.
Published 2 days ago by Robert Spanner
5.0 out of 5 stars Slowing the world down and staying alive.
I am in the early study stages and am enjoying the c.d. of guided meditations The whole world should slow down.
Published 3 days ago by Jim FLEMING
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great!
Published 4 days ago by Jean
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Interesting theories with helpful information for a better way to cope with personal issues.
Published 5 days ago by marina
3.0 out of 5 stars only read half of it so hence the three stars ...
only read half of it so hence the three stars - will come back to it at some point but I know quite a few people who think this is ace.
Published 6 days ago by Patricia Morgunn
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