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Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world [Kindle Edition]

Prof Mark Williams , Dr Danny Penman
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Book Description

THE LIFE-CHANGING INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER.

MINDFULNESS reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can
incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress,
unhappiness, and exhaustion. It promotes the kind of happiness and
peace that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and
helps you meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage.

The
book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT
revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which
takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed.
MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for
depression and is widely recommended by US physicians and the UK's
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence - in other words,
it works. More importantly it also works for people who are not
depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of
the modern world.

MBCT was developed by the book's author,
Oxford professor Mark Williams, and his colleagues at the Universities
of Cambridge and Toronto. By investing just 10 to 20 minutes each day,
you can learn the simple mindfulness meditations at the heart of MBCT
and fully reap their benefits. The book includes links to audio
meditations to help guide you through the process. You'll be surprised by
how quickly these techniques will have you enjoying life again.

Please note: This eBook is a text-only version which does not include the audio content referred to by the authors. This can be downloaded separately from Audible.co.uk. Alternatively, enhanced eBooks are available for devices capable of playing audio content.


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This is an inspiring program for anyone caring about his or her own health and sanity.

Review

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 465 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1609618955
  • Publisher: Piatkus (5 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XCFJ3E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (955 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,202 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1,270 of 1,304 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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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
By John Ryan HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this book remarkably insightful, and a very useful. Here's why....

Would you describe yourself as often suffering from stress? Have you ever lain in bed at night with thoughts whizzing around your head. You try to switch off, but can't, and even when you force yourself to stop thinking about one issue, one of a hundred other things come to mind - did I remember to pay that bill? Heck, I've got to complete that report by 10am tomorrow, better set off extra early? Oh hell, it's 2am and I'm still awake - I'm going to be shattered tomorrow!

If you do, this book *may* be for you.

Must admit, I was skeptical of the entire subject when I first found this book. I loved one review I read who said it should be renamed to "How to cope with the crp that life throws at you". It's nothing to do with crystals, healing, and it won't turn you into a Buddhist. What it aims to do, is separate you from your worries, so you can think about them calmly and objectively.

How does it work?

Well, the first few chapters are really enlightening. Effectively it explains the scientific background to how and why this book was written, how mindful meditation works, and what effects it aims to achieve. It explains that the practice is medically based, and it's one of the preferred treatments for depression by NICE, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. So you're in good hands - even if you're not depressed - just a bit stressed like me.

Although the Kindle version is written, it includes some recordings, and It goes on to provide a series of "guided meditations" during which the author (who has a remarkably soothing voice), guides you through the steps (mainly breathing) to meditate.
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389 of 415 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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152 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtly amazing 3 April 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A someone with Asperger's Syndrome, I have been plagued by anxiety and depression for much of my adult life. I read another book that recommended Mindfulness as a means of dealing with the dreaded 'black dog' and I am so glad that I followed this tip up.

I've now read several books on the subject, but this one is, in my opinion, by far the best. The writing style is very easy to read (unlike some other titles that get bogged down with endless quotes), the instructions are simple and clear to follow and, after following the eight-week programme more or less to the letter, I have found that there have been definite changes in my life. I no longer dwell on the past, I spend more time watching Nature around me and I feel more generally content in myself. The changes feel quite subtle - I do not feel like a completely different person, for example - but, crucially, I have not had an episode of depression since reading this book and my meditation practice has become as much a part of my everyday life as brushing my teeth - it is not a chore, it is something that I look forward to.

If you are going to give Mindfulness a try - and what have you got to lose? - I really recommend this book and CD as your first port of call. It's amazing - I wish I had found it years ago.
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