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Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World Paperback – November 13, 2012
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“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.” ―Jon Kabat-Zinn
About the Author
Mark Williams is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and a Research Fellow at Oxford and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is the author of The Mindful Way Through Depression. He lives in England.
Danny Penman, Ph.D., is a feature and comment writer for the UK's Daily Mail. After gaining a PhD in biochemistry, he worked for The Independent and the BBC. He lives in England.
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
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 coupled Mindfulness with 21 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy. This is a book that provides simple, actionable advice on how to let things go and become happier in the process. This isn't about dropping everything and throwing all your material possessions into a bonfire. Instead, it details the ways in which negative thought processes often hinder our progress and promote stress rather than happiness. I've used a great deal of the advice found in 21 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy. In conjunction with mindfulness meditation, it has made me a much happier and calmer person. I am no longer paralyzed by fear in situations that require action. I am also more capable of pursuing and meeting my goals than ever before.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I get lost in sad thoughts and tangled in my own stress, so I picked this book to help me out. I tried to follow their plan and I'm happy to report improvement! Read morePublished 4 days ago by This girl
‘Mindfulness’ is at the core of Buddhist philosophy, and has entered the mainstream of global popular culture during recent years through the same wide-open door as hundreds of... Read morePublished 27 days ago by The Guardian
I'm a therapist and have been a "night stand" meditator/mindful-wanna-be for several years but I always struggled conceptualizing how to incorporate these great ideas into... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christine A. Velasquez
This book is a life changer and I strongly believe I'm not the only one who would say so. it has definitely taught me to get in control of my mind, to see my thoughts as just that,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laura