“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'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.
(I just downloaded the kindle ebook version to my iPad - The audio and text sections weave seamlessly; very enjoyable and high quality useful recordings that support the text.) Einstein wrote that every complex phenomenon has a simple, straightforward and equally wrong explanation. Here, Williams and Penman show the exception to the rule. They have written a well structured, beautiful, enjoyable, warm and competent guide about applying Mindfulness to our common busy life. This is a users manual for "Mindfulness practice made simple for everyday efficient use". It is also a kind and generous guide for finding true happiness in the midst of our daily hassle and business. The authors are recognised authorities in applying Mindfulness to clinical settings and guiding many subjects out of relapse of depression. They are as well long-term practitioners of meditation. They also hold tenures in psychology in one of the best universities in the world. They are research-based and thorough in their methods, rigorous in their ethics. They do pastoral and charity work. The result is rigour, solid explanations, coherence, and warmth. What is unique and truly giving Is their ability to cook down all their wealth of knowledge of this ancient practice, and combine it with their competences; to distill all of it into well chosen, simple and relevant droplets of practical steps that do make a difference. As you read them and as you practice them. This book is a gift - I am sure I will re-read it and I have ordered extra copies for my loved ones.