43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Antidote to depression, anxiety and discontent,
This review is from: How to Live in the Here and Now: A Guide to Accelerated Enlightenment, Unlocking the Power of Mindful Awareness (Paperback)
Antidote to depression, anxiety and discontent:
I read this book and found it to very useful, i'd highly recomend it not only to those on the search for 'enlightenment' as an end in itself but also for those suffering from (in low or high levels) depression, anxiety, disconent or paranoia. In the book the author identifies the four places our attention drifts when it moves away from the here and now and shows how this movement in it's extreme is driven by certain unconsious beleifs and is responsible for the above problems. anxiety is based in the future, depression in the past and so on - the four 'disocciations' are on the cover actually.
i liked that fact it gave me a clear framework within which to understand my own mental drifts of attention, but more importanlty the depth of the techniques used to 'treat' these drifts of attention. The authors background in NLP, CBT, REBT and Hypnosis is obvious although not largely referenced - leaving a series of basic step by step exercises, this seems a deliberate step to help us not get dragged down in names dates etc. but to really concentrate on what these techniques will do for us.
the book is a 'how to..' book and as he states in the book is at least as concerned with letting you know 'how to' make the changes as with what those changes should be - the mindfulway through depression is the only other manual where i've seen this commitment to technique.
I agree with the authors assertion that we really need to communicate and train the unconscious mind in order to get rapid and lasting benefits of directing out attnetion where and when we want it to be in the book he shows how various unconscious filtering mechanisms are responsible for what is channeled into our consciousness - so we can't consciously just choose to perceieve things another way. later chapters deal with the undoing of the ego (or 'decommisioning of the myth-of-the-self' as the author puts it). so it seems that this is something i may have to return to (this is certainly not a one sitting wonder) as it seems to closely related to our sense of the speed of the passing of time and the projections we use to interpret the raw sensation of the world out there. I've been encouraged not only to tackle my own problems with this book but also to strive higher than simple elimination of what has been holding me back and moving towards what the author calls 'practical enlightenment' a move that i think i'm beginning to see is the same journey veiwed from different perspectives.
other books similar along these 3 or 4 veins:
The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (includes Guided Meditation Practices CD)
Making Time: Why Time Seems to Pass at Different Speeds and How to Control it
Take Me to the Truth: Undoing the Ego
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment