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Mindfulness

An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World

by J. Mark G. Williams, Danny Penman


The life-changing international bestseller reveals a set of simple yet powerful mindfulness practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and exhaustion.

Mindfulness promotes the kind of happiness and peace that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage.

Based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), the book 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 is widely recommended by US physicians and the UK's National Institute for Health and 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.

MBCT was developed by the book's author, Oxford professor Mark Williams, and his colleagues at the Universities of Cambridge and Toronto. By investing just 10 to 20 minutes each day, you can learn the simple mindfulness meditations at the heart of MBCT and fully reap their benefits. The book includes links to audio meditations to help guide you through the process. You'll be surprised by how quickly these techniques will have you enjoying life again.

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Categories: Health & WellnessPsychology & Mental Health

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It’s kind of like this magic bullet technique that kind of science has just recently cottoned on to where, in effect, you train yourself to be more in control of your thoughts and emotions by realizing that the current thoughts and emotions are not you. They don’t define you. They’re propaganda, and it’s up to you to choose how you react to them. And our instinctive way, which is to fight with them, is actually counterproductive. Instead, you want offset them with warm and welcome kind of curiosity, almost. And then that means you have the ability to deal with them as you like. And that’s got the most evidence base in terms of–it basically seems to improve everything, but in particular, mood and self-control.