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Mindfulness : a practical guide to finding…

Mindfulness : a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world (2011)

by J Mark G Williams, Danny Penman, J. Mark G. Williams (Author)

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Shockingly, I am able to meditate! I never would have believed it before reading this book. I read this at just the right time to help me get through a rough patch. If you think you don't have time to meditate, you need this more than anyone! ( )
  CSKteach | Jul 20, 2018 |
From my Cannonball Read 6 review...

Many people find themselves with over-scheduled social lives, or work situations filled with a seemingly endless stream of projects, meetings and deadlines. Perhaps these people are facing challenges at home, or school, or with health. The challenges might seem minor to others, or perhaps others observe and wonder how the person is still functioning given everything that’s happening in their lives. We hear it a lot from women who have children and also work outside of the home – there are demands everywhere, and these women can’t seem to get a break.

Without going into too much detail about why I found myself drawn to this book (during yet ANOTHER trip to Powell’s in Portland – that place should just take all of my money now), but I wanted something that would help me to be more present in my life, and kinder to myself. My husband meditates, and it really helps him when he’s feeling a bit off. Given that, this specific book appealed to me in many ways – it wasn’t horribly long (about 250 pages), it had a clear plan (it focuses on an eight-week meditation program), and it even came with a link to audio files to guide the meditations.

I was successful in keeping up with the program for about a week. I did read each chapter, and I really enjoyed the messages within them, but I don’t think this book was what I wanted. I sort of want to meditate, and I mostly enjoyed the meditations in this book, but I found the information within the chapters leading up to the meditations themselves to be much more useful. It was probably not the best book for me given what I was looking for, but I think it was well-written, supported with some research, and not overly flowery. Yes, it the authors discuss self-care, but if you have an aversion to anything that seems new age-y (although meditation is hardly that), you can still read this book and enjoy it. I’m sure I’ll end up referring back to it during challenging days, but it hasn’t turned me into a regular meditator. ( )
  ASKelmore | Jul 9, 2017 |
It was okay. I read it but it wasn't simple, to-the-point enough for me. Beating about the bush and a little bit of zen here and there. Kept it on my shelf for a long time thinking one day I would pick it up. But I don't see that happening so I'm dropping it. ( )
1 vote MugenHere | Jul 12, 2015 |
The accompanying CD has the best, most helpful meditation tracks I've found. My favourite book on meditation and mindfulness. ( )
2 vote merry10 | Jan 3, 2014 |
Hard Work........ ( )
  janeyhoho | Nov 5, 2013 |
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Williams, J Mark Gprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Penman, Dannymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, J. Mark G.Authormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Penman, DannyAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kabat-Zinn, JonPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kabat-Zinn, JonForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mindfulness reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break the cycle of unhappiness, stress, anxiety and mental exhaustion and promote genuine joie de vivre. It's the kind of happiness that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life can throw at you with new courage. The book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and it is recommended by the UK's National Institute of Clinical Excellence - in other words, it works. More importantly it also works for people who are not depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world. Mindfulness focuses on promoting joy and peace rather than banishing unhappiness. It's precisely focused to help ordinary people boost their happiness and confidence levels whilst also reducing anxiety, stress and irritability.… (more)

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