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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden; 1 edition (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592858201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592858200
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Part meditation guide, part self-help book, Jacobs-Stewart's effort delves into the ways in which spirituality and mindfulness can coincide with effective recoveries. "In our addictions, we were never here in the moment. We wanted to be gone. Now we are learning to wake up to the joy of being alive." The author, a psychologist and founder of the Mind Roads Meditation Center, takes readers through her own recovery and attempts to guide them through theirs. She shares her personal history: she comes from four generations of "Irish alcoholics... way back to the 'old country.'" She talks of her pain, loneliness, drug addiction, and the decision to get professional help in her mid-20s, which proved a major step. Jacobs-Stewart (Paths are Made by Walking) also shares her encounters with Buddhism, providing details of meetings with monks, and includes instructions on how to maximize mindfulness daily, suggesting exercises that can help to clear minds and calm nerves, but her aim is often better than her execution. Though her own stories give the discussion personality and heft, her advice to readers bogs down with jargon, making her volume at times difficult to get through.
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"With the artistry of a memoirist, Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart draws on her personal story and an impressive range of knowledge in psychology, spirituality, and the Twelve Steps to show us the way out of the morass of pain and confusion that addiction creates. Mindfulness and the 12 Steps is moving and inspiring, full of practical guidance."
--Kevin Griffin, author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps and A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery

More About the Author

Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart was born in 1953 at Saint Mary's Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the second-born of four children to Joseph and Helen Stewart. Professionally, Thérèse has her M.A. Degree from Saint Mary's University and has been practicing as a licensed psychologist, retreat and workshop leader, and international consultant for more than 25 years. She is a recognized subject matter expert in emotional intelligence, and published her first book, Paths Are Made By Walking: Practical Steps to Attaining Serenity, in 2003. In addition to her work in psychotherapy, Thérèse founded MindRoads Meditation Center in 2004. A community-based center, MindRoads offers a practical, accessible approach to mindfulness training and meditation practice.

Thérèse's newest book, Mindfulness and the 12 Steps, Living Recovery in the Present Moment, offers recovering people a new resource and fresh perspective for developing their own spiritual path. While visiting each of the Twelve Steps, readers explore how mindfulness can inform the daily practice of living in the here and now. Included are lessons from ancient and modern Buddhist teachers, and a guided approach to putting mindfulness practices into action. Mindfulness and the 12 Steps comes alive with personal anecdotes from the author's own life and from her own recovery group, and resonates with a tone of positive, loving kindness.

Thérèse lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband of 30 years, Jim, and their cat Johnny.

Customer Reviews

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mary F on August 2, 2010
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I am a psychologist and I read Mindfulness and the 12 Steps and loved it. I read it through fast once and then read it again. Not only is it packed with wisdom but
Therese is a very good writer. Her personal struggles added so much to the experience. It is a gift for anyone who is interested in healing past wounds and deepening their understanding of themselves and their connection to others.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By redhead in recovery on October 9, 2010
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I have read several books on recovery and Mindfulness is one of the best. It combines the wisdom of Buddhism with the 12 steps of AA and really puts into perspective what living a sober life is all about. I love reading books on recovery written by recovering alcoholics and this book is no exception. The author tells her own story in a funny yet heart-breaking way while teaching the reader that in order to truly be happy in sobriety, you must find the peace within yourself; a feat that any recovering alcoholic knows is not always easy to do. This book really puts it all together, without lecturing or preaching. I highly recommend to anyone who is really looking to find that serenity we all seek in sobriety.
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Our sangha, Dharma Bum Temple in San Diego, hosts a weekly meditation and 12-step discussion meeting using the AA Big Book, this book, and :One Breath at a Time by Kevin Griffin.. (See review). Both books use the same general framework, framing each chapter as a step in 12-step recovery, interlacing each chapter with autobiographical experience, Buddhist thought and meditation practice, and 12-step work/experience. "Mindfulness" is the shorter of the two books, written from a woman's perspective, and a Hazelden publication (which usually means you'll find it in a Serenity Shop, more closely hewn, perhaps, to AA 12-step foundational literature). Her story is gripping and motivational and her style of interweaving Mindfulness Meditation throughout makes it easy for a beginner's mind to follow while the more experienced in either 12 step work, Mindfulness Meditation Practice, or both, find within it an enriching broth that blends and boosts both practices within.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jon E. Faber on February 18, 2013
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There was not the in depth integration explaining how mindfulness could be used to depend the 12 steps rather it was more of a thesis proving that the two are related.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on November 16, 2011
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This is one of the best books I've read on Recovery. The lady has it down. I go to a lot of Buddhist 12 step recovery meditation meetings and this is very popular. Came well packed and in a timely manner.

Thanks Amazon!

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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Linda McDougal on August 11, 2010
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This book is wonderful! I appreciate Therese's strong female voice of recovery and mindfulness practice. Her 30 years of experience in recovery and mindfulness practice shows through her stories, examples, practice suggestions and knowledge of the 12 steps. This book is has helped me look more deeply into my own recovery from drugs and alcohol. More recently I have been working on my compulsive overeating and have found this book extremely helpful in finally addressing this issue. I would highly recommend this book to anyone searching for recovery or wanting to deepen your 12 step program. Her book will be an on-going resource for me. Thank you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johnny DuPree on December 12, 2013
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One day at a time. Easy does it. First things first. The book integrates Buddhist meditation techniques and other concepts into each of the 12 steps of recovery. It is well written and can help a grateful person like myself remember that we only have this present moment so cherish it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Minneapplemuffin on May 2, 2012
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This book is a wonderful gift for anyone working a 12 step program. The Author's personal story intertwined with Buddhist thought and the 12 steps was such an inspiration to my program. I will be purchasing this for others as this needs to be shared!
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