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A comprehensive thorough practical clear and humerous way to learn Mindfulness
on 13 May 2013
Mindfulness Workbook For Dummies (For Dummies (Psychology & Self Help))
I enjoyed this book by Shamash Alidina and Joelle Jane Marshall and, although it is not necessarily designed to read from cover to cover it's what I did: it was that great and made sense to me to read it this way.
I work within mental health and have done so for over 30 years, and in that time I have seen therapeutic techniques come and go but this ancient practice has been around a long time now and I have found it helps people no matter what the issue - physical or psychological. Despite studying, practising and using mindfulness for over 10 years, I was delighted to find that this book had some new ways of learning about it and exercises to put it into practice, as well as the addition of worksheets throughout that really help you get the most from it. The book also has an audio download link feature rather than the CD that Shamash Alidina's previous book Mindfulness for Dummies included. It has to be said that these are similar books in content but this new workbook is bigger and better in many ways.
I sometimes teach aspects of mindfulness and this is for me the best book so far to assist me in this and not only makes it easy to teach it but also gives lots of ideas about possible roadblocks and how to overcome them. It is inspirational as well as truly helpful. It is organised into five parts and is typical of the Dummies series by making sometimes difficult to assimilate information easily understandable. I loved the 8 week course aspect, although this is not original as this is written about in many texts including cognitive therapy and stress reduction texts. This book includes easy to understand exercises, worksheets and structured homework tasks to really support practice. It also has great chapters on health and happiness, including managing pain anxiety/stress depression anger energy/tiredness.
I am aware that Mindfulness is taught in a few of our schools and would applaud this life enhancing skill being made a part of curricullum for children to benefit from as an essential life skill. So I was pleased to see a chapter dedicated to Mindfulness for kids too.
This is a book that is packed solid with theory & backgound but mostly sound practical information that can literally change your own world and life as well as the planet for the better. It is not religious although does encourage peacefulness and offers other non-judgemental, compassionate positions to view ourselves and the world from. I would highly recommend this fantastic book to everyone.