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A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook [Kindle Edition]

Bob Stahl , Elisha Goldstein , Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD , Jon Kabat-Zinn , Saki Santorelli
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Stress and pain are nearly unavoidable in our daily lives; they are part of the human condition. This stress can often leave us feeling irritable, tense, overwhelmed, and burned-out. The key to maintaining balance is responding to stress not with frustration and self-criticism, but with mindful, nonjudgmental awareness of our bodies and minds. Impossible? Actually, it's easier than it seems.



In just weeks, you can learn mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a clinically proven program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living. MBSR is effective in alleviating stress, anxiety, panic, depression, chronic pain, and a wide range of medical conditions. Taught in classes and clinics worldwide, this powerful approach shows you how to focus on the present moment in order to permanently change the way you handle stress.



As you work through A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, you'll learn how to replace stress-promoting habits with mindful onesa skill that will last a lifetime.This groundbreaking, proven-effective program will help you relieve the symptoms of stress and identify its causes so that you can start living a healthier, happier life.




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"This is an excellent, systematic, helpful, and practical workbook. Doing these practices brings many blessings. They will reduce your stress and truly transform your life."
—Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., author of The Wise Heart, A Path with Heart, and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

"Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein have woven an inspiring tapestry of illuminating insights and practical exercises that can transform your life and even help you build a stronger brain. Inspired by their work as teachers of the research-proven Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, the authors have provided a step-by-step approach to bringing this scientifically grounded approach into your daily life. Mindfulness has been demonstrated to effectively help us live with less stress, fear, and anxiety and to cultivate more ease, connection, and well-being in our lives. This workbook makes mindfulness understandable and offers a carefully laid-out plan to achieve a healthier and more meaningful life. There is no time like the present to bring these pearls and practices of wisdom into your life. Why not start now?"
—Daniel J. Siegel, MD, codirector of the University of California, Los Angeles Mindful Awareness Research Center and author of Mindsight and The Mindful Brain

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In A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, two mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) experts present a step-by-step program for effective stress reduction based on the concepts in Jon Kabat-Zinn's groundbreaking Full Catastrophe Living.

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  • File Size: 1329 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; Pap/MP3 Wk edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G5Z7C6
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152 of 154 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
If I had to identify one quality that separates this book from the rest of the mindfulness resources in the self-help aisle, it's that these pages are so practical and can't help but provide the reader with plenty of "Aha!" moments. Reading through the chapters and exercises, I appreciate all the research that Goldstein and Stahl studied, material that illuminates how mindfulness exercises can alter and help shape your brain to be more optimistic and resilient. But what won my trust is that they have both been stress cases themselves at certain points in their lives, and can therefore communicate with empathetic language. They both know, on a very personal level, how stress can disable a person. Much like Kay Redfield Jamison, the famous psychologist who suffers from bipolar disorder, they speak both as expert and patient.

I understand mindfulness as forcing a bit of time and space between a situation and your reaction, or recognizing the snowball of thoughts that's forming in your mind before it becomes too overwhelming to sort through yourself. Goldstein and Stahl quote Vicktor Frankl, psychiatrist and holocaust survivor: "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

Although mindfulness techniques aren't able to rescue me out of an acute, severe depression, if I diligently adhered to all the wisdom contained in Stahl and Goldstein's book, and designated a time of the day to do all the exercises, I could save myself some considerable heartache and headache.

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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective Mindfulness Exercises for Health April 3, 2010
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I think I first became aware of "mindfulness" from one of the Star Wars movies. But it's played a central role in Buddhist meditation for a long time and is backed up by loads of research. The research per Wikipedia shows that a mere 6 weeks of mindfulness exercises is correlated with physical results such as the body's ability to fight disease.

Mindfulness exercises seem to develop the brain's ability to deal with anxiety and stress. Once I understood this, it was easier for me to devote the time to the exercises in the book. I skipped a lot of days, which isn't good, but I was able to resume without difficulty. That made me appreciate that mindfulness is continuous, something that can potentially be practiced all the time.

The exercises in this workbook put me to observing and recording my thoughts and feelings at critical times. One result of this is that experiences of certain routines changed, I believe. This puts me more in the present, which is not as simple as I had believed. For example, if you think about times of the day when you feel something is wrong and try to observe your thoughts and feelings at that time, recording them, you'll become aware of what really influences your physical response.

I liked the formal practice log and found the informal practice reflection a bit difficult at the present time. Everybody will surely have their own experience. At least I have something to aim for ahead.

Mindfulness teaches that thoughts and emotions float by, and realizing this will help us to not take our own thoughts too seriously. Reduction of physical responses to negative thinking is possible and this is what probably boosts the immune system per the research.
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80 of 92 people found the following review helpful
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I was looking for something more clinical, so this makes me unusual.
There was a decent portion of clinical practice and results etc. but not as I had expected BUT I am different
in that I tend to very clinical..it's my job.

I liked the exercises, stretches etc and some of the content and ideas that I found
practical. However I am not at all into new age or yoga other than for exercise and
good stretching.

BUT for those who ARE into new age and /or yoga, I believe you will like this very much
'It is precise , it is visual , it is easy to do and maintain and it is well explained
as what to do, how to do each specific exercise, relaxation, breathing etc.and why
you do what you are doing.

This also gets you thinking and seeing things differently .This is a 50-50 split of new age and clinical
which is an excellent division to get the most accurate way to accomplish the purpose--to relax
and change the way you think and the manner in which you do things

It will relax you..I am positive as I did/do many of the exercises and stretching plus the breathing
.
These alone are great stress reducers and often pain relievers as well.Helps my pain go done or sometimes away

So, despite my 'difference' I hope this helps you make the right decision for you !!!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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Presented with practical steps and illustrations, this workbook provides a comprehensive collection of wonderful mind-body exercises, mindfulness information and background on stress reduction. Bob and Elisha cover in this book, a wholistic set of topics in a straight forward and practical style. Each chapter gives you just enough information to understand the subject and useful exercises that can be applied directly to your practice. I found each section enjoyable to read and found myself revisiting the ideas and exercises, as a good workbook will do. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to start or broaden their mindful practice and, for students of any program that focuses on mindfulness, stress or improving one's life-style.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book. Easy to follow
Great Book. Easy to follow. Comes with several excellent meditations.
Published 10 days ago by Rebecca Lincoln
4.0 out of 5 stars ... a pathway to learn to be in presence and enjoy life.
It's a pathway to learn to be in presence and enjoy life.
Published 14 days ago by Norma Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Stress Reduction
Excellent workbook. Easy to use and a great tool!
Published 16 days ago by Virginia A Macko
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that great!
Therapist suggested this book and I cannot seem to read any of it. Bores me to death. My other book I've used is more interactive with exercises that make more sense!
Published 1 month ago by Alisha
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I have only started this workbook. It has really helped me with stress. It is so gentle in its approach. You will like it! I highly recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Cheri Benton
5.0 out of 5 stars I Wish I Could Give Everyone On The Planet A Copy Of This Book
This book is a more approachable portal to development of a mindfulness based meditation practice. Don't get me wrong: I revere the developer of MBSR, Jon Kabat-Zinn. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. N. D.
5.0 out of 5 stars minfulness within.
Very good book. Needs to be a class for children in schools. We all could use mindful children. Great book!
Published 3 months ago by jake goicoechea
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!
Awesome way to get to know yourself better and help yourself through every kind of time we face in life!
Published 3 months ago by Ker
3.0 out of 5 stars Good information
I bought the kindle edition and had problems downloading the available audio files
Mindfulness: An eight week planning guide turned out to be the better of the two books I... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Whow!
Excellent! If you want to have peace within, do the practice daily, this book will help you onto a new way of life from the inside out. I also recommend attending a class.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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