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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; Second Edition edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572244879
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572244870
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

From the Publisher

This is a major revision of the classic book using mindfulness to overcome anxiety. It includes information on the latest research into mindfulness, new step-by-step exercises, and new thoughts on taking daily mindfulness to deeper and more rewarding levels.

More About the Author

Jeffrey Brantley, MD, DFAPA, has practiced mindfulness meditation for over thirty years, and his work in medicine and psychiatry has emphasized mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions to promote individual health and well-being. He is a founding faculty member of Duke Integrative Medicine, and founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at Duke Integrative Medicine in 1998. Brantley is the author of Calming Your Anxious Mind and coauthor of the Five Good Minutes® series and Daily Meditations for Calming Your Anxious Mind.

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A book to change your life.
Sharon
It is written in a language that is easy to understand, with good explanations for the terms of meditation.
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I can honestly say that this the number one best book I have ever bought for self-help purposes.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on January 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the Second Edition of this book; one I've been waiting for for a while. I saw the first edition of this book when it was loaned to me by a staffer at a "facility" I found myself in a while back and to say it helped me save my life would be a severe understatement. The simple concept of Mindfulness struck me like a ton of bricks. This is not a book to borrow from your friendly local library, this is a book to get and hold. A book to change your life. Very readable, almost a fun read, were it not doing so much change to my anxious mind in the process. Buy this book, read it, live it and get rid of that pesky anxious mind you've been living with all these stress laden years. It really does help make life fun again!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David R. Halperin on March 9, 2008
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Jeffrey seems earnest in his desire to help others which makes for an inviting read. His book touches a bit on some modern trends in psychology then ties those learnings to the Buddhist concept of mindfulness gained through meditation. If you want to get the benefits of mindfulness without having to learn or agree with some of the other principles of Buddhism this is a fine book. Unlike Eckhart Tolle, who has recently put out a best seller covering much of the same ground, Jeffrey's book is for people that want less wo wo and more substance in addition to instruction on how to get on the right path. I believe the best book I have read on this subject is still, "Mindfulness in Plain English" by Gunaratana. If you could only buy and read one I suggest Gunaratana. If you have time to read both then read both. In fact read many, along with your practice of course.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By aaa on September 5, 2011
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A therapist had suggested I buy this book. I can honestly say that this the number one best book I have ever bought for self-help purposes. The techniques and practices taught in this book can be very powerful when used properly as described in the book.

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
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doubting Wes on March 11, 2010
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This book was quite helpful in grasping the usefulness of meditation. I have tried relaxation techniques before, but this book revealed how useful it really is. I originally read the book because the author was being interviewed by The Graedons on THE PEOPLES PHARMACY radio show. I got a copy from the library and liked it so much I actually purchased my own copy from Amazon.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Boston Bradstreet on January 3, 2013
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Calming Your Anxious Mind isn't a must read. It's a light read and gives some insight into the mindfulness technique of stress therapy. However after reading the book I wasn't inspired or felt empowered.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jeanette on June 2, 2012
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This book was recommended by my primary care Dr. Said it helped him alot so advised me to read it. He also sent book to his sons in college. We all need to read & learn to relax in this whirlwind world!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carole McCune on September 16, 2013
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I found the information in this book helpful in deepening meditation. However, the book became tedious as the author repeatedly tells you what he is going to tell you, tells you, then tells you what he has told you. I think all the useable information could have been presented in three chapters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Secret Artist on September 27, 2012
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Book was good on Mindfulness and Compassion, but didn't feel so helpful on AFP (Anxiety, Fear, Panic). Maybe my practice on M & C hasn't been skillful enough to translate to AFP. Was looking for some specific insight on AFP in particular, as the title suggests, but didn't feel it was there.
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