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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (6 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848501943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848501942
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Mindful Manifesto helps us to "be" more and to "do" less. It's old wisdom backed by modern science, beautifully described. (Professor Lord Layard)

This book is really important. Mindfulness is the way forward for dealing with depression and anxiety, and for general well-being. (Ruby Wax)

Absolutely my favourite book of 2010, in which GP Dr Jonty Heaversedge and writer/meditation teacher Ed Halliwell explain how to access peace of mind by using simple techniques connecting mind, brain and body. And how not to beat yourself up for having negative, damaging thoughts (we all do). Lovely and essential reading. (Sarah Stacey You Magazine, Mail On Sunday 2011-01-02)

Stress, pain even depression can be managed with a simple technique. (The Times 2010-09-14)

A lucid and highly practical guide to how the Buddhist techniques of mindfulness can be of enormous benefit to our health, relationships and peace of mind. (Mick Brown)

Wise, sensible and helpful for all forms of emotional disorders from depression to anxiety and addiction. This book on mindfulness is a great step to finding peace of mind. (Sally Brampton, author of Shoot the Damn Dog)

It is wonderful that Jonty Heaversedge and Ed Halliwell have written this book to give freely of their own experience, and to share the tremendous possibilities that come with training the mind and body to do less and to notice more. Their manifesto, like all manifestos, is both a statement of the potential that lies in all of us and a call to action to realise that potential. In the case of mindfulness, this call to action is to live life, moment by moment, as if it really mattered. (Mark Williams, author of The Mindful Way through Depression)

A guide to surviving in a stressed-out world. (Evening Standard 2010-09-01)

Train your brain to slow down and focus on the task in hand. (Stylist Magazine 2010-09-08)

Gibberish-free instructions. (The Guardian 2010-12-04)

From the Back Cover

Stress is endemic in our culture. We live in a speedy, pressurised world, and there's often little time to really experience and enjoy our lives.

Rather than constantly trying to keep up, perhaps it's time for us to stop, pay attention to our minds, notice what we are doing, and appreciate what we have.

For thousands of years Eastern traditions have taught meditation to help people lead healthier, happier lives. Now, scientific research is confirming that 'mindfulness' can help us all improve our mental and physical well-being.

Written by a GP and a health writer, The Mindful Manifesto is the first book to integrate the latest scientific and medical research on mindfulness with meditation's historical context.

We will see how mindfulness can:

treat mental health problems such as depression and anxiety

help us cope with the busyness of everyday life

improve our physical health and manage chronic illness

help us let go of unwanted behaviours

improve how we function in our relationships and jobs.

And why stop there? With examples of how the mindfulness movement is already well underway, we see that encouraging governments and other powerful institutions to take a mindful approach could make a massive difference to the health and happiness of the whole world.

One of Your Five a Day for a Healthier Mind

Dr Jonty Heaversedge, presenter of BBC1's prime time TV show Street Doctor, works as a GP in an inner-city practice in south London. He holds a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Mental Health Studies, both from the University of London.

Ed Halliwell is a London-based writer, specialising in health and well-being. Ed is an associate of the Mental Health Association and is a regular contributor for the Guardian newspaper. He is a meditation instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Maynard VINE VOICE on 10 Oct. 2010
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This is such an important book for our current stressful lifestyles. Having had bouts of depression and frequently suffering from stress, I had bought Thich Nhat Hanh's original book on Mindfulness some time ago. It's incredibly rewarding practice and now this book truly comes as a manifesto for introducing Mindfulness to our daily lives. There is a great mixture of practice, case studies and personal recommendations throughout the book. Everyone should read this! I'm so pleased that the book is already having an effect and the accompanying website. Well done!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nicola on 8 Aug. 2012
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I discovered this book around eighteen months ago. At the time, I was struggling with anxiety on a daily basis. From the moment I read the introduction, the first edition of The Mindful Manifesto felt like a lifeline. I finished the book over the course of a weekend. (Not a particularly mindful approach, I accept!) It suggested a range of simple techniques that were easy to integrate into everyday life. As the weeks went by, my anxiety decreased and life began to feel easier.

Since that time, my interest in mindfulness has increased and my understanding of the approach developed. I've completed an eight-week course, of the type mentioned in the book, and I've written academically about the effectiveness of mindfulness versus other therapies, such as CBT, for some mental health conditions. As shown in this edition, scientific research continues to demonstrate that mindfulness can be a powerful antidote to some forms of depression and anxiety.

This is an excellent book both for anyone curious about mindfulness, as well as for those who already know something about the approach and now want to take their practice further. A particular strength of this edition, I feel, is in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream and helping to remove any 'new age' connotations that some may have previously associated with the approach. Equally, if you are interested in how mindfulness developed over the centuries from the Buddhist tradition, this is covered in good detail here.

I can only speak from my own experience but, suffice to say, I now truly feel that I am 'thriving in a stressed-out world' and credit this book to introducing me to - and educating me about - mindfulness. There is everything to gain from reading this book if the title or topic resonates with you at all.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Collier VINE VOICE on 9 Oct. 2010
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I was a bit doubtful that this book would help me,but I decided to give it a go and I was pleasantly surprised.I have great difficulty in letting go of my past bad experiences,but these simple mental exercises,like taking notice of your breathing for 10 minutes,have really stopped me from dwelling on things and have brought me back to the present.
The book is based on Buddha's Four Foundations of Mindfulness,but it is not about Buddhism or religion,it's just about tried and tested ways of coping in this busy world,with notes by the authors about ways it's been useful to them.
I think it is a good starting off point,with easy quick ideas you can use every day,and I have felt much better since I started to try them.I would definitely recommend it; I have been telling my daughter about it and she can't wait to try it too,so I will pass the book onto her and see how she gets on!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin Stepek on 5 Oct. 2012
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There are many books on mindfulness. Most tend to fall into one of two camps. There are the Buddhist ones, and there are the scientific or clinical ones. There are few which are truly secular and focussed on helping ordinary people in there everyday lives. That's one the reasons I like this book so much.

Another is that it is British. Cultural context influences us as writers, and as readers. Mindfulness in its modern form emerged from medical studies in the USA as a result of interest in Buddhism in that country. Thus most of the modern classics on mindfulness hail from across the Atlantic. But American culture and paradigms are somewhat different from a British or European perspective. The Mindfulness Manifesto resonates with a British cultural background and understanding of our social lifestyles, our inner tensions and what we consider to be our potential than a book on the same theme written from an American viewpoint.

The final aspect of the book I'd like to pinpoint is the honesty and openness of the two authors. They play down suggestions that they are experts even though they demonstrably are. In doing so they create affinity with the reader that many authors on this subject don't quite attain.

Over and above these three points this is simply a crystal clear, enjoyable, immensely practical guide to one of the most important practices humans have devised for the betterment of our species. We are indebted to the authors for their diligence in producing this new edition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KarenMac on 6 Aug. 2012
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"Mindfulness is simple to learn, and yet it can help with so many different problems".
This guide explains the practices, theory and research evidence supporting the benefits of being mindful as a tool we can all use to improve the quality of our lives, relationships and even our work. The style is clear, warm and peppered with honest and very human case examples as well as the two authors' personal experiences. A great manifesto (without the hectoring tone of many manifestos) for both those new to meditation and those well versed in mindfulness. I particularly liked the descriptions of the practices, which felt completely doable, coupled with the reminders that, while mindfulness is simple, that doesn't mean it is an easy fix. The benefits are much more complex and profound.
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