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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 (774 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73 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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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By John Ryan on 27 May 2014
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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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1,108 of 1,137 people found the following review helpful By Pete TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 July 2012
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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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377 of 400 people found the following review helpful By Spkm on 11 May 2011
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Quijibo on 26 Sep 2012
Format: Paperback
I have read a lot of self help books and most have endless case studies and examples that do not relate fully to me and do not shed a lot of insight into the topic at hand.
Or they have exercises to complete that involve keeping weekly diaries and logs of feelings, emotions etc that i personally find very difficult to keep up for more than 1 go at it.

This book is totally different. It week by week guides you through simple practices that are not hard to do and take at most 15 - 20 minutes a day (some much shorter). Whats more the practices are sooo helpful that you dont mind doing them and they really make a difference to your everyday life. Each chapter is well written and easy to understand and cover all aspects involving anxiety or troubles that we all face in life.

Most books I have read sometime leave me not understanding the principles or the point being made, or find it hard to apply to myself. This book is different and is quite easy to understand what is meant (although sometimes takes a few reads to get your head around it) and leaves no questions you may have unanswered.

Obviously everyone is different and I can only speak from my personal experience but as someone who suffers a lot from
anxiety and low self esteem I can't recommend this book enough!
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