“Want a happier, more contented life? I highly recommend the down-to-earth methods you’ll find in Mindfulness. Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman have teamed up to give us scientifically grounded techniques we can apply in the midst of our everyday challenges and catastrophes.” Daniel Goleman, bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence
Life can be relentless, frantic and exhausting - but it doesn’t have to be this way.
This is an introduction to Mindfulness, which reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion. Mindfulness is based on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which is recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and is as effective as drugs for preventing depression. But, more importantly, it also works for the rest of us who aren’t depressed but are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world.
By investing just a few minutes each day, you can learn the simple mindfulness meditations at the heart of MBCT. This audio edition is an introduction to the technique which will give you the tools to put you back in control and able to enjoy life again.
©2011 Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman (P)2011 Hachette Digital
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A down-to-earth guide into mindfulness meditation. Clear, concise and easy to follow. Very well narrated.
"Great book, but needs bookmarks"
Really enjoyed this book, but going to emulate the point of the previous reviewer, it does not have bookmarks - specifically it is actually 2 books, 0-1h17 is the theory section that introduces the meditations, from 1h18 onwards are the meditations referred to in the text,
"VERY EASY ON THE EAR"
I really enjoyed listening to Mark Williams's narration. I found his tone absolutely perfect conveying sympathy and understanding for those who find meditation difficult because they can't concentrate!.
I listened to the whole book before going back to do the exercises and have to agree with the other reviewer in that the format is a little frustrating but that is a minor point for me. I am looking forward to being able to be "live in the moment"
"hard to go with the flow"
I learned a lot from this book, and enjoyed Mark William's relaxed and kindly-sounding voice. However I do not think the audio format very appropriate as it precludes alternating between the first section (theory) to the second section (practical meditation techniques) as the author presumably intended. In the end I had to spend some time writing down "bookmarks" for the recommended exercises. I got the book on subscription but if I'd paid separately, I would have been annoyed - meditation calming techniques notwithstanding!
"peace of mind available here!!"
an excellent practical resource for anyone suffering from a busy mind right through to anxiety based thinking, It came with a good reccomendation from a therapeutic professional. Uses down to earth real life scenarios to explain ideas. But is also not shy of describing a more philosophical basis for cultivating mindfulness in our daiIy lives, (using eastern thought), and how it releases us from suffering. Enjoy! I really did. Lots of information. It's very comprehensive. Does not include timed exercises which I thought it would. But it does talk through and explain exactly what to do. You may also like The Compassionate mind by Paul Gilbert.
"Gentle, very easy listening"
Mark Williams has a very nice voice, easy to listen to. He narrates in a nice, down to earth way, and you find yourself being drawn along. The book itself has some serious messages and practices, but they sound friendly and do-able when Mr Williams describes them. I actually began to feel better after the first hour of listening, it's very comforting and reassuring. The practices are very simpIe and easy to incorporate into your everyday thinking. I can certainly recommend this for those of us who have had a bit of an emotional battering . . .
Everyday I travel 70 miles back and forth to work passing the same scenery, cars, faces along with the burdens of thinking a whirlwind of present and catastrophic thoughts. This audio book has made a vast difference in enabling myself to slow down and realise how to break through from my self tangled visitations and become more at peace. Now enjoy my travels to work thanks to this great audio book.
"Not what I expected but still really good"
I was expecting this to be the full version but it's an abridged one for audio book. However, still a fantastic listen and we'll worth doing. Mindfulness has significantly changed my life so I can highly recommend it to anyone.
I loved reading the book but it's really good to just relax and have the chapters read to you. Easy to listen to, easy to follow and it works.
If you've never tried anything like this before then this is a really good starting point and it's easier to do than you think. It's worth the effort for sure.
"Just what the Doctor ordered"
I found this book very helpful and well written . Having just completed a Mindfulness course , this book cemented my previous training . Whether you are new to mindfulness or have some experience this book will help. Mark Williams voice is a pleasure to listen to during the meditation exercises. The exercises have helped me to stay focused and in the moment which helps create an inner peace in a stressful world .Highly recommend this book if you want to learn Mindfulness meditation .
"Bookmarking a must!"
I really enjoyed the quiet, calm tones of the author and the the theory section which was put together well and actually quite interesting. I really got a lot out of doing the meditations and they are well narrated and sufficiently explained to allow the listener to get a lot out of them. My only real gripe with the book is it's formatting. It is really hard to go from the theory to the meditation without either spending ages putting in bookmarks (which don't seem to then sync across my devices and I have to do it again!) or just going to and from with the player controls in the vague hope you hit on the right one.
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