"From one of the leading thinkers on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, a pioneering set of simple practices to dissolve anxiety, stress, exhaustion, and unhappiness. Everyday life is so frantic and full of troubles that we have largely forgotten how to live a joyful existence. We try so hard to be happy that we often end up missing the most ...
"From one of the leading thinkers on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, a pioneering set of simple practices to dissolve anxiety, stress, exhaustion, and unhappiness. Everyday life is so frantic and full of troubles that we have largely forgotten how to live a joyful existence. We try so hard to be happy that we often end up missing the most important parts of our lives. In Mindfulness, Oxford professor Mark Williams and award-winning journalist Danny Penman reveal the secrets to living a happier and less anxious, stressful, and exhausting life. Based on the techniques of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, the unique program developed by Williams and his colleagues, the book offers simple and straightforward forms of mindfulness meditation that can be done by anyone--and it can take just 10 to 20 minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed"--
Publishers Weekly, 2011-10-10 From Oxford University professor Williams and journalist Penman comes this clearly articulated and remarkably user-friendly guide to mindfulness. Williams and Penman forgo the religious theory that often accompanies mindfulness texts, emphasizing the practice's therapeutics instead of its theology. Deceptively simple exercises involving attentive eating, breath-focused meditation, and the noticing of bodily sensations will effectively move practitioners from an overanalyzing "Doing mode" to a "Being mode" that is fully awake to the present moment. Introductory chapters effectively explain how stressful life conditions lead to negative mental states and why it is better to acknowledge emotional distress rather than suppress it. The remaining chapters present an eight-week course that begins with increasing attention during routine tasks and ends with a complete integration of mindfulness into daily life. Along the way, the authors present several "habit releaser" activities that will give routines a shakeup. Completing the mindfulness exercises found in this practical and wise book will leave readers with the glowing assurance that "whatever you are doing, mindfulness is only one breath away." (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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