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

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 (441 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17 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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729 of 749 people found the following review helpful
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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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332 of 346 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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349 of 375 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Can Change Lives. 11 July 2011
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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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152 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Inspiring!' 26 May 2011
By RedKite
I have just finished reading this book and felt compelled to write a review of it as I think its message is so important - especially once you get further into the book. The book devotes its first 3 chapters to outlining the general benefits of mindfulness before turning to 8 chapters outlining an 8 week program of meditation and habit-breaking practice. It was Chapter 9 `Turning towards Difficulties', which describes week 5 of the meditation program, that provided the Eureka moment for me. As the book describes, all the previous meditations lead up to this point and we now learn how mindfulness can help us develop an `approach' attitude to difficult situations in life instead of being fearful and anxious about them. As the book says of two people who tried out the mindfulness program, they learned `the release that follows when we are able to approach difficult situations without triggering the body's powerful aversion systems'. For anyone who has those days, as surely we all do sometimes, when they can't bear the thought of going into work or of dealing with a difficult situation, or even for those who are unfortunate enough to face some really serious crisis this could be transformative. Chapters 10-11, `Trapped in the past' and `When did you stop dancing' continue to develop the serious work started in chapter 9 and by the end of reading the book I felt really uplifted - and this was without even completing all the meditations yet!
The other thing that became clear from reading this book is that mindfulness is not about clearing your mind or trying to think of nothing as some people think. This had always put me off meditation before but the methods described in this book made meditation make sense for the first time - at least for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Just what I needed. So easy to follow and include in your daily life. This is exactly what I needed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of practical advice
this is a really clear introduction to mindulness practice. The authors guide you through all the necessary steps and, most importantly, guide you through the parts that would... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great practical book I highly recommend. Explains in simple terms how the mind and body react to stress, and what you can do to help yourself. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow book
Easy to follow and some good basic, sensible advice which does actually make sense. Not too much 'hippy dippy' type analysis, definately worth a read if you wouldn't normally read... Read more
Published 3 days ago by HomeSpa
5.0 out of 5 stars How to de-stress!
My GP recommended that a book about meditation and mindfulness could help me to be less stressed so I bought the Kindle edition. Read more
Published 3 days ago by A. Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Good but difficult
I bought this for my boyfriend and we both gave it a go. It was alot more serious than I expected and to be honest I don't think mindfulness is for me. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars This works
This book makes a lot of sense, explaining how our minds go into overdrive and how we find it hard to let go of the past. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Janeeo
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Published 4 days ago by Krayon2011
5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life.
I was suffering from depression and anxiety, and had been through the usual routes of time off work and anti-depressants. I also had some therapy & counselling. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile read
Excellent, positive and instructed book - help change my attitutude - although this won't happen overnight! Regular reading & practice is the key.
Published 6 days ago by TjW
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