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Prof Mark Williams , Dr Danny Penman
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5 May 2011


MINDFULNESS reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break the cycle of unhappiness, stress, anxiety and mental exhaustion and promote genuine joie de vivre. It's the kind of happiness that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life can throw 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 it is recommended by the UK's National Institute of 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. MINDFULNESS focuses on promoting joy and peace rather than banishing unhappiness. It's precisely focused to help ordinary people boost their happiness and confidence levels whilst also reducing anxiety, stress and irritability.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074995308X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749953089
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (651 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A book and CD package. Mindfulness reveals the secrets of lifelong happiness and details a unique programme developed by Oxford University psychologist Professor Mark Williams with colleagues around the world.

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1,035 of 1,063 people found the following review helpful
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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369 of 392 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really valuable book 11 May 2011
By Spkm
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Running time 60 minutes approx.

As a sufferer of mental health for over 27 years since the age of 12 when I indured sexual abuse & violence, Since then I have constantly battled bipolar, OCD & depression everyday throughout my life.

Although I'm on medication for my illness I found it important to try alternative methods & my psychologist taught me several mindfulness techniques to practice daily.

While mindfulness is not a cure for stress, Anxiety or mental illness its a tool which can help calm the symptoms with the training of breathing & bodyscan awareness techniques.

I would advise practicing 30 minutes twice a day in a quiet environment were you'll not be disturbed for the duration of the exercises.

I can't recommend this CD or book enough & it's certainly helped relive my symptoms during some difficult moments In my life as long as you have a open mind to trying something new this could be beneficial to you.

I recommend anybody who thinks there suffering from a mental health issue to go to your Doctor & get the help & support available as anyone whos suffering thinks these symptoms will eventually subside are wrong, Take it from me whos lived with it as I didn't come to terms or accept my condition for several years until one day I just felt something snap inside me & became numb in a zombie like emotionless state.

Mindfulness isn't a quick fix solution to solving your mental health issues as mindfulness is more of a tool of helping to relive the symptoms of stress, Anxiety & OCD.

Great CD that hopefully can help other sufferers to relax & have a better control over there mental illness.

Timelord Thoughts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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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I was looking for a comprehensive but not overly academic book on Mindfulness and this fits the bill VERY nicely. Read more
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