“Want a happier, more content life? I highly recommend the down-to-earth methods you’ll find in this book. Professor Mark Williams and Dr. Danny Penman have teamed up to give us scientifically grounded techniques we can apply in the midst of our everyday challenges and catastrophes.” —Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
“Peace can’t be achieved in the outside world unless we have peace on the inside. Mark Williams and Danny Penman’s book gives us this peace.” —Goldie Hawn
"This is an inspiring program for anyone caring about his or her own health and sanity."
About the Author
MARK WILLIAMS, PhD, is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is the author of the best-selling Mindful Way through Depression, which has so far sold over 250,000 copies. He lives in England.
DANNY PENMAN, PhD, is an award winning feature and comment writer for the UK's Daily Mail. After earning a PhD in biochemistry, he worked for The Independent and the BBC. He has won two investigative journalism awards from the Humane Society of the United States and one from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). He lives in England.
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Let me begin by saying that I have always been a huge skeptic about mindfullness, meditation, and anything else along those lines. That is until I began seeing all of the new scientific research on the subject and the new theory of brain plasticity...how people can literally change their brains no matter how old they are. This research was enough to convince me to give mindful meditation a try. Staying with the theme of the science of meditation, I chose The Frantic World book because the program was created by a team of phD scholars from respected universities, such as Oxford, Cambridge, UMass, etc. Interestingly, the main author of this book, Mark Williams, was a skeptic when he started researching the subject as well. Not any more.
I am currently on week eight of the plan and I can tell you that I absolutely have noticed a difference. Not only do I feel calmer in situations that used to bother me the past physically, but I am also learning how to treat myself with more compassion, get out of autopilot and break many of my bad habits, and how to face my fears head on rather than avoiding them and actually making things worse. I have gone from a complete skeptic to someone who plans to continue to practice mindfulness for the rest of my life.
I'm not going to sugarcoat things and say that it's easy to find the time to meditate. It's not. One has to work hard to make sure that they find the half hour or so per day that they need to dedicate to the practice. That's not easy with work, kids, and life in general. I promise you though that it's definitely worth the time that you put in. I've never written a product review about anything on Amazon or any other site for that matter before.Read more ›
In my life I have had a tendency to over think things and have found that often the simplest solution is the answer to life's problems. For years I have struggled with ADHD and a mind that races 900mph all the time. I have suffered from numerous bouts of depression, restlessness, anxiety, and a general sense that most of my life has been wasted waiting for something good to happen. Despite a high degree of intelligence and creativity, I have felt unable to make any progress son the projects I know would change my life for the better. After repeated attempts to discuss these issues with my doctors I had almost given up hope when I heard professor Mark Williams on the public radio program Science Friday discussing his book. I ordered the book and have begun to follow the 8 week plan and already I can see major changes in my mood, attitude and general happiness regarding my life. I am better able to focus on my work and get much less overwhelmed in public. Things like wild, loud, obnoxious kids at the grocery store, crying babies in restaurants or inconsiderate people in public amplified by my ADHD would cause me to become angry to the point I would freak out in public. This has not been the case since I have started the 8 week program.
I HIGHLY recommend this book as a means of not only calming your thoughts and to help you focus on your life and the things that truly matter, but more importantly to maximize your happiness and enjoyment of the years you have left to you. This is truly the easiest way I have seen to change your thinking and turn you from someone who is "pre-living the future and re-living the past" to someone who can effectively live in the moment.
My only complaint is that I purchased the book and it did not come with a CD of the guided meditations.Read more ›
I first heard about these techniques in college. I was subscribed to a list host that sent announcements whenever they were hosting these sessions, but I never went! I am absolutely disappointed in that decision, because now that I've tried it with this book, my body, mind, and self are just renewed! It was as if I had just gotten used to feeling BLAH all the time. I feel younger, more whole, and more in touch with how the world affects me!
I came across this book after reading Dr. Andrew M. Goodman's No Work, No Problem! Stop working, Start living!. I guess I was looking for something to lead me to a better lifestyle and quality of life. These two books have changed so much about my daily routine. In a few short months, things have really taken off for the better. What I had to realize was that it all started with ME! I would encourage readers out there to read this Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan and Dr. Goodman's No Work No Problem. I just really want to share and get the word out about this transformation I've experienced.
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I've just finished this book after just a few days reading and felt driven to write a review because it's message is so important. It's now so crystal clear why we're all driving ourselves mad with anxiety, stress and unhappiness. Understanding how we drive ourselves crazy is one thing, but finding a way out is another and this is where the book excels. It's written by two people who really know what they're talking about. One is a professor at Oxford University in England and the other is a journalist who's spent years practicing meditation.
Although I've only been following the program for a few days, I already feel a lot calmer and more `centered'. I've also had two good nights sleep on the run, which is a great. The eight-week program seems simple to do but it's clear already that each step is designed to gently remove a layer of trouble and worry. For the first time in years I can see a way out of my anxiety and stress.
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