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Mindfulness for Black Dogs & Blue Days
on 1 January 2013
This inspirational book exploring mindfulnes and depression is like a 'gift' with a quiet and profound wisdom unfolding throughout its pages.
With unflinching honesty, warmth and humour the author, a meditation instructor, counsellor and psychotherapist, invites us to accompany him on his journey through depression and discovery. What is revealed is not only a poignant sharing of the darkest moments but the writer also acts as a kindly guide gently signposting the reader towards finding his or her own path through the thicket of depression.
It is a book communicated from the heart and consequently strikes directly into the heart of depression, unmasking it and offering the reader moments of sudden connection paradoxically breaking the isolating grip of separation so prevalent during the experience of depression. Through the writer's in-depth experience with mindfulness meditation we are shown the power of not turning away from suffering. By gradually approaching difficulty with gentleness, "unconditional friendliness" and presence it is possible to see the hidden messages buried beneath the depression and learn to cultivate a radically different way to relate to ourselves and difficulty through acceptance of the moment.
The book is written with a seamless fluidity, never losing its integrity and resulting in a rich offering of insights into the nature of depression and the transformative qualities of mindfulness meditation drawing on the author's own experiences, East/West approaches to the psychology of the human condition, ancient wisdom teachings, poetry and quotations and he also offers practical guidance with mindfulness practice.
The presentation implicitly invites pauses for mindful reflection and as a bonus the book is aesthetically pleasing, creatively designed with care given to the layout. Highly recommended this uplifting read is like a valued and encouraging friend to be treasured and held in mind.