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Mindfulness For Dummies (Book + CD) Paperback – August 9, 2010

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‘Crammed with useful tips on how to declutter the mind…this book teaches you how to deal with your own mindfulness.' (Healthy Magazine, September 2010).

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Take control of your life and achieve a happier and more focused state of mind

Whether you're suffering from stress, fatigue or illness or simply want to regain some balance in your life, mindfulness meditation will help you attain a more confident and calm outlook. Using mindful breathing and self-control techniques, this easy-to-follow book and audio CD allow you to let go of negative and distracting thoughts. The hands-on advice and guided meditations provide all the tools you need to start living in the present and become happier and more energized.

  • Unlock the basics — find out what mindfulness is and how it can help you

  • Get to know yourself — discover what makes you tick and how you can let go of unhelpful emotions and develop a mindful attitude

  • Become focused, calmer and happier — learn how to utilize mindfulness at home, at work and in your everyday activities

  • Kick negativity into touch — use mindfulness meditations to overcome anxiety, stress, anger, pain, fatigue and more

  • Enrich your life — pick up tips on how mindfulness can improve your quality of life and find out how to take your learning further

Audio CD Includes

9 guided meditations, including the body scan meditation and mindful walking meditation

Step-by-step advice on how to?get the most out of mindfulness meditation

Open the book and find:

  • How to achieve greater happiness and contentment in your life

  • Ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life

  • Anxiety and stress-busting exercises

  • Techniques to manage pain and illness

  • Ways to add deeper meaning to your life

  • How to respond wisely to negative life experiences

  • Ways to improve your relationships with others

  • Advice on mindful parenting

Learn to:

  • Develop constructive attitudes and become happier and healthier

  • Incorporate mindfulness meditations into your daily routine

  • Use mindfulness to overcome stress, anger, anxiety, depression and more

Follow the guided meditations on the audio CD to achieve calm and well-being

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470660864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470660867
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Shamash has been highly passionate about mindfulness and meditation for his whole adult life. Since around 1998, he's been teaching adults and children the benefits of mindful living. Born and brought up in London, England in an Asian tradition, yet living in a modern western metropolis, he found mindfulness to make complete sense to him. He loves the way mindfulness is steeped in ancient wisdom, and yet at the same time is grounded in solid western science. Shamash believes mindfulness should be taught in a light-hearted and friendly way, and now spends all his time writing and training others in the art and science of mindful living, for health and wellbeing. His website is shamashalidina.com

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As a teacher of meditation and mindfulness, I approached this book with mixed feelings...and after reading it, ended with great respect for the author and his work. True to the Dummies' template, reading this book can feel like taking a drink out of a fire hose - too much to absorb. That being said, the individual chapters offer well-defined concepts that feel more manageable and offer easy to use and valuable information. For readers new to mindfulness, this book gives them a great, basic overview. For the more experienced, this book offers creative and innovative ideas for deepening their own practice, as well as supporting the practice of others. If you're reading this review, then you have some interest in mindfulness and will find this book a well-written, caring, and information-packed resource.
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I love this book. It is an excellent beginner's guide to anyone wanting to practice mindfulness. I found this book very easy to read and it offers helpful tips and advices on mindfulness. The way it was written is very practical but also profound and deep.
It is not overwhelming to read it. Very well written and uses simple easy to understand terms. I would recommend this as a startup book for people who are interested in being mindful.
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As popular as mindfulness has become, there are a lot of books written by "experts" that are aimed at too broad an audience (sometimes sounding like they're doing it so they can show off how much they know), and so the true beginner can feel missed -- or worse, can feel like a dummy. This is the best "Dummies" book I've ever read, really engaging and hitting its purpose right on target: Bringing mindfulness at it's basic level to the total beginner, with friendliness and without assuming the reader is stupid -- just a beginner. Well done.
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Concisely written. Useful information for the practice of mindfulness meditation and its application to daily life to reduce stress and enhance well-being. I am recommending this practical book to my patients and students!
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This book is good for a practical and very thorough and understandable introduction
to mindfulness meditation. It contains step by step techniques and elaborates all the
fundamental concepts.

I bought it for that purpose and as such I am satisfied.

The reason I'm not giving it five or four stars is that I find the writing quite repetitive
and rather uninspired. The metaphors and illustrative stories are dull and clichéd,
and everything is made very clear and obvious to the point of boredom.

The author makes a lot of statements about life and meditation that feels a bit like
his own made up philosophy. I could have used more references to scientific studies of
mindfulness or buddhist literature.

But after all - it's a "for dummies" book and maybe my demands are a bit too high.

If you are interested in starting doing mindfullness this is definitely a good start -
it helped me on the way. Just don't expect to have the most exciting reading experience !
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NOTE the kindle version of this book doesn't include any audio or cd content. This is a drawback as I would like to listen to the guided meditation cd which is included in the physical edition of this book. I wish the publisher or Amazon would let you download the additional content somehow.

Also, this kindle book does not let you skip to the next chapter using the right/left arrow (4 way) keys. I think this is a significant formatting oversight. However, the table of contents are hyper-linked, so you could use "Go to" from the menu to go to the Table of Contents page and then link to the desired chapter from there. The drawings and icons in this book show up pretty well, so that's good.

Some formatting issues aside, the contents of this book have greatly exceeded my expectations. I did not have a lot of respect for the "Dummies" series of books in the past. I thought they sometimes dummed things down a bit too much. But this book is excellent. I was new to the mindfulness practice, I was only recently introduced to it by my Physical Education instructor. I didn't have a clear idea what he was talking about. This book has been extremely helpful. It is a very pleasant read, and I would recommend anyone to purchase it.

I definitely encourage people to purchase this book. It is a good investment on your well-being.
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The instructions in this book are easy to understand and follow. With a bit of motivation and practice you can get some practical experience with the techniques and see what might work for you. I have previously read much of the Buddhist literature on meditation as well as a lot of neurophysiology on the nature of thought. The Buddhist approach suffers from multiple schools recommending different techniques plus a lot of ideas truly foreign and unacceptable to a westerner such as transmigration of souls. The neurophysiological approach is so fractured and minutely divided that the overall picture of what a person might do with a lifetime of experience to asses, is left unanswered. The literature on emotional intelligence comes close however to explain how a well functioning mind might work. I never realized that becoming mindful is a 24/7 challenge, and meditation is simply a way to slow things down so you can sort out a few aspects. This makes entering the fray of daily activities a bit easier as you have developed some insights enabling a better understanding of how your mind puts things together. As a physician I was looking for a book to recommend to patients who could use a better understanding of mental health, and this book is now at the top of my list.
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