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.
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."