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Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Anxiety, Fear, and Panic Paperback – June 1, 2007
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This book is a welcome addition to the anxiety disorders field. Comprehensive as well as clearly written, it provides a wealth of information on the use of meditation and mindfulness practice in recover from anxiety difficulties.
—Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D., author of The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook and Coping with Anxiety
"Dr. Brantley’s book is clear and warm. It takes the mystery out of meditation and explains how things that at first sight appear ‘ordinary’ are in fact very important. His extensive clinical experience and his empathy constantly shine through the book."
—Jonathan Davidson, MD, director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program at Duke University
"I think the book is fantastic and believe it will fill an important niche in the treatment of anxiety disorders. The information on the physiology of anxiety and the stress response helps to demystify the symptoms for readers, making their problem seem more manageable. Beautifully guided meditations anticipate and address the questions that anxious new meditators will have. The instruction to stay present with the anxiety is powerful and healing. I know I will be recommending it to my patients and colleagues."
—Holly B. Rogers, MD, staff psychiatrist with Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services
"As a psychotherapist and teacher of stress reduction, I find this book helpful to clients and clinicians, as well as to meditators wishing to deepen their own practice. Brantley gives practical and compassionate guidance to anyone seeking skillful ways to work with anxiety and panic."
—Allie Rudolph, LCSW, founder and codirector of the University of Virginia Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program
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Basically the author teaches us how to be mindful without judgment of what we feel as anxiety or panic. Instead of fighting away feelings of fear, the author tells us to invite and welcome these emotions, and watch them without any judgment. He describes how we should observe with keen detail the inner behavior of our body as though we are a detached part of ourselves. Imagine stepping outside of yourself and looking at what is going on inside you while you feel fear. You notice your heart rate increasing heavily, your breathing becomes shallow, etc. A normal person would try and fight off such feelings which makes him/her feel even worse. But instead you should simply allow it to occur and understand fully what's going on without judgment or any wish that the fear will disappear. If done properly, it's amazing but suddenly the entire fear process loses it's meaning and disappears. It's hard to describe, but somehow your body learns that it's causing these reactions like racing heart for no real rational reason...and it learns to stop behaving this way. Of course you can not have this as a goal when practicing mindfulness; the whole point is to observe with no goal or intention in mind.
I also bought another book along with this one, "Full Catastrophe Living", and that presents similar concepts as is in this book. Nevertheless I would still recommend to read this book (Calming Your Anxious Mind) before any other books.
If you're looking for further reading, I'd suggest these other books also:
-The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
-From Here to Here: Turning Toward Enlightenment by Gary Crowley
Initially the book seemed repetitive and I almost quit reading it, but I persevered and found it to be quite helpful. I find it most useful when I awaken in the middle of the night and my mind "turns on" and will not turn off. Using what I learned in this book, I can turn off my mind and get back to sleep 9 times out of 10.
The great shame with this particular edition of the book (compared to the first edition) is that the typeface is so light and feint that it is difficult to read. This can be a problem because this book is often used in emergencies to help people deal with intense anxiety or panic. By making it so difficult to read it can have the effect of increasing the anxiety. Hence I have given it only 3 stars.
Hopefully, this legibility problem will be fixed in future editions - at which point it will be a 5 star book again.
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Very helpful information for me about meditation practices. I use this as a regular read.Published 5 months ago by Lady09
Dr. Brantley's book outlines how mindfulness meditation can help to subside the anxiety many experience throughout the day.Published 5 months ago by ECSZ1008
This book has given me tools and insights on how to live a life free from anxiety. Mindfulness really does work...kindness and compassion are the keys!Published 8 months ago by Erinah Viola
This has been a terrific book for guiding a novice meditator. It definitely helped to set appropriate expectations--what it is and what it is not-- and to initiate the process. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Grey T.
Very helpful book in explaining how mindful meditation can reduce the feelings of anxiety when used regularly. Read morePublished 10 months ago by W. Davis