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, this 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.
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Really good content - but VERY hard to follow up and practice the detailed steps for the 8 week program. It would be so simple for the authors/publisher to include an 8 page pdf - a single page outline for each of the weekly steps. I was going to gift this audiobook to a friend, but not w/o the written support materials. Too bad ;-(
Avid consumer of primarily non-fiction audio books
I listen to the guided meditations daily as I go through the 8 weeks
I have definitely seen a big difference in how I attend to people and tasks in my day to day life since starting this program.
For example - I am currently working through week 6: Turning towards difficulty. This guided meditation focuses on the physical sensation of any kind of negative emotion - for me that tends to be frustration or anger - and focusing on how it feels in the body and accepting it as it is. Doing this daily for just a week has allowed me to recognize my anger and frustration in its early stages - well before I get to the point where I snap out at my husband or kids - and take a few deep breaths to back off from the emotion. For someone who has spent a lot of time trying to be less reactive, this is a pretty big deal.
Currently I'm 36 weeks pregnant. The body scan and mindful movement exercise has been incredibly helpful for allowing me to see the discomforts of pregnancy at this point as they are, without giving them too much focus. So if I get a stab of pain, I just notice it and then notice that it has passed. As it turns out, most of these discomforts only last a few seconds at a time. It's the focus on them that make it seem so much worse.
Before this program I had been doing breath awareness for 10 minutes a day for several months. The guided weekly instructions have introduced me to different meditations that have increased my awareness of my body, my thoughts and my feelings. It has increased my focus during breath awareness meditation. I found the structure very useful for making any time spent meditating, more uh, meditative.
Oh - my husband is doing this with me now too. He is a skeptic of a high order, but read enough about the benefits of mindfulness and seen enough change in me that he is starting with the week 1 meditation without having read the rest of the book.
This book is especially nice on audible because all the meditations are at the end. I am glad I invested in this. It's something that I will go back to for a long time.
Yes, Because it is much more touching when heard, than read.
Meditation Excercise 4
It takes time, I am writing this review after 1.5 years of Practicing. It really requires some time to sink in.
By being a full book. This was an introduction or something. It barely took up a 45 minute drive. It did not get in depth on anything they were talking about and certainly did not have an 8 week plan for anything in it.
It was just a promo for another book.
family tree buff
I could never find time to meditate and always felt guilty. His meditations are short and so relaxing. I bookmarked them all so that I could easily listen to them. The reader has the most peaceful voice.
Just loved all of the meditations and techniques for being mindful.
It certainly is better than the paper version. Just to hear Mark William's voice. He has wonderful voice that has a calming effect, at least for me. It helps me to start my meditation just to focus on his voice. Awesome!
Practical, inspiring and enlighting
Simple steps to become more aware of life itself.
Breath and stay in the now.
Would've liked to have each meditation on a separate track.
An excellent book and an even better audiobook as Mark Williams guide you through 8 weeks of meditation and enables any reader an opportunity to cultivate stillness. Every patient with anxiety and depression should have a prescription for this book.
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