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The Mindful Manifesto: How doing less and noticing more can help us thrive in a stressed-out world [Paperback]

Dr Jonty Heaversedge , Ed Halliwell
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4 Jun 2012

Stress is endemic in our culture. We live in a restless world, and there often seems little time to really appreciate our lives. Rather than constantly trying to keep up, perhaps it's time for us to slow down, pay attention, and notice what we need for our well-being. 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 cultivate our mental and physical well-being. Written by Dr. Jonty Heaversedge and Ed Halliwell, this revised and updated edition of The Mindful Manifesto integrates the very latest scientific and medical research on mindfulness with meditation's historical context. We will see how mindfulness can help us:

. work with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety

. cope with the busyness of everyday life

. bring our bodies into balance and manage chronic illness

. let go of addictions and relate more skillfully at home and at work

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


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (4 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848508247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848508248
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,809 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)

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)

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. (You Magazine, Mail On Sunday)

Mindfulness, or ancient wisdom meets modern science, is the buzzword in stress management. There are plenty of books written about it, but, regrettably, many are pretty hopeless. However, this one is a goody. (The Sunday Times (Style))

Gibberish-free instructions. (The Guardian)

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)

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)

The Mindful Manifesto is a wonderful overview of mindfulness meditation - comprehensive, honest, and compassionate. This book helps make mindfulness accessible to all. (Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness)

This thoughtful guide explains both why we should be more mindful and - so important - how to do it. Written in a warm-hearted and peaceful voice, this book is clear, direct, down-to-earth, and profound. (Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Buddha’s Brain)

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.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly a manifesto 10 Oct 2010
By Lisa Maynard VINE VOICE
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 8 Aug 2012
By Nicola
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars It Really Works for Me! 9 Oct 2010
By C. M. Collier VINE VOICE
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Begin your mindful journey 8 Sep 2010
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This is an excellent book for everyone. Having read lots of other great books on mindfulness, I wondered what new insights this one would have to offer. Plenty. It truly is a mindful manifesto. It skilfully weaves together the everyday benefits of mindfulness and how to practice, with beautifully crafted snippets on the Buddhist origins and latest scientific thinking. The authors give candid, inspiring and good humoured accounts of their own mindfulness experience. There's also a great chapter at the end on further reading and resources. It is highly readable and informative, whether you are new to mindfulness or an seasoned practitioner. It's honest, uplifting and engaging with no hint of fluffiness and I heartily recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Less, Notice More, Thrive 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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By L. mckay VINE VOICE
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I have recently become interested in mindfulness, and have found this book is THE ONE I would recommend to anyone looking for a handy book which is easy to read and refer to. My husband attended a course through his work recently on mindfulness and the trainers recommended this book, as they believed it hits the mark on a few levels, from those with an interest to folks who have been practising mindfulness for a while.
worth every penny!
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A second and updated version of this excellent book. Not radically different, but fine-tuned. Human, useful, practical, do-able. Highly recommended.
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