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This ground-breaking new book combines the best of compassion-focused therapy with the most effective mindfulness techniques. The result is an extremely effective approach to overcoming everyday emotional and psychological problems and improving one's sense of well being. Based on the latest work from Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, best-selling author of The Compassionate Mind, and Buddhist expert Choden.

Professor Gilbert has spent the past 20 years developing a new therapy called Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) which has an gained international following. In recent years, mindfulness is being used increasingly to treat common mental health problems such as depression, stress and stress-related insomnia. In this ground-breaking new audiobook, Professor Gilbert, along with his co-author Choden, combines the best of Compassion-Focused Therapy with the most effective mindfulness techniques.

The result is an extremely effective approach to overcoming everyday emotional and psychological problems and improving one's sense of wellbeing. Professor Paul Gilbert OBE is world-renowned for his work on depression, shame and self-criticism. He is head of the Mental Health Research Unit, University of Derby. He is the author of the best-selling The Compassionate Mind and Overcoming Depression. Choden: Formally a monk for seven years within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Choden (aka Sean McGovern) completed a three year, three month retreat in 1997 and has been a practicing Buddhist since 1985. He is originally from South Africa where he trained as a lawyer and where he learned meditation under the guidance of Rob Nairn, an internationally renowned Buddhist teacher. He is now involved in developing secular mindfulness and compassion programmes drawing upon the wisdom and methods of the Buddhist tradition, as well as contemporary insights from psychology and neuroscience. He is an honorary fellow of the University of Aberdeen and teaches on their Postgraduate Study Programme in Mindfulness (MSc) that is the first of its kind to include compassion in its curriculum. He lives on the Isle of Arran.

©2013 Paul Gilbert (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • David
  • San Jose, CA United States
  • 02-21-14

Good instruction in Mindfullness

This book had some meditation instruction which has been very helpful. It was really simple things like sending loving kindness to a difficult person is not endorsing their behavior. I loved the writing style. It felt very clear throughout.

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  • Saffy
  • 02-27-14

Highly recommended

If you are interested in mindfulness or the work of Tara Brach I would definitely have a listen to this excellent, accessible book. Before listening to this I struggled to fully grasp the concept of compassion but the authors set it out so clearly here, with lots of examples and exercises that it has really helped me to understand the concept, and in the process myself and my thought patterns. Learning more about compassion has definitely been life changing for me and I would highly recommend this book as part of that journey.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Liselotte
  • 07-07-13

So well written and narrated

Would you listen to Mindful Compassion again? Why?

Yes, definitely. It's skillfully written and very well narrated.

What did you like best about this story?

That it is such relevant knowledge for all of us.

What does Rupert Farley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The stately pace of the narration brings home many of the many important points of the book. Rupert Farley's voice makes it quite a personal experience.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Well, I didn't laugh or cry - but I nodded a lot!

Any additional comments?

I just spent a longish drive in the company of "Mindful compassion" and enjoyed every minute of it. Such importance insights, so well written, so pertinent to each and every one of us. And the narrator does a marvellous job at getting the book across to the listener.

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  • motherhen
  • 12-01-14

Absolutely fantastic

Would you listen to Mindful Compassion again? Why?

I have listened to Mindful Compassion several times, it is easy to listen to and I felt relaxed & able to apply much of the information to myself.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I have been studying Mindfulness and Meditation but found this book 'clicked' with me and I did feel emotional.

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to live life with mindfulness & understand compassion.

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  • susan
  • 05-26-15

Beautifully written very informative

Just what I was looking for as a guide to using mindfulness and compassion within the therapy environment

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  • Witold Wozniak
  • 02-20-15

Repetitive and lengthy

Some interesting observations recycled over a few hours of lengthy and repetitive listening...The first two hours draw your attention, the very ending is likely to irritate you...yet, it'll tell you how to exercise your compassion and turn your anger into light and joy ; )

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  • janie rose
  • 05-20-16

Better to buy this book rather than listen

The subject matter is handled really well. Unfortunately the manner in which it is narrated is beyond irritation to the point where I can only listen to it in very small portions. It is over narrated in the extreme with emphasis on virtually every word. Considering the subject matter, it was an unnecessarily dramatic read. No compassion found - sorry! Love the subject though and will buy the book!

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