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Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Anxiety, Fear, and Panic Paperback – November, 2003
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This book could serve as a nice introduction to mindfulness meditation. The first few chapters detail some of the research that has come out concerning the impact of mindfulness on anxiety and anxiety disorders.
It was rather skimpy on some details; specifically, how one can tie all of this mindfulness into reducing or dealing with anxiety. The author takes up an entire one chapter - one - in dealing with this specifically.
Much of the book's content can be found in Jon Kabat-Zinn's wonderful book, "Full Catastrophe Living", which is also much more detailed. I recommend that the customer look into that book first, and then supplement his reading with this one second.
Basically the author teaches us how to be mindful without judgment of what we feel as anxiety or panic. Instead of fighting away feelings of fear, the author tells us to invite and welcome these emotions, and watch them without any judgment. He describes how we should observe with keen detail the inner behavior of our body as though we are a detached part of ourselves. Imagine stepping outside of yourself and looking at what is going on inside you while you feel fear. You notice your heart rate increasing heavily, your breathing becomes shallow, etc. A normal person would try and fight off such feelings which makes him/her feel even worse. But instead you should simply allow it to occur and understand fully what's going on without judgment or any wish that the fear will disappear. If done properly, it's amazing but suddenly the entire fear process loses it's meaning and disappears. It's hard to describe, but somehow your body learns that it's causing these reactions like racing heart for no real rational reason...and it learns to stop behaving this way. Of course you can not have this as a goal when practicing mindfulness; the whole point is to observe with no goal or intention in mind.
I also bought another book along with this one, "Full Catastrophe Living", and that presents similar concepts as is in this book. Nevertheless I would still recommend to read this book (Calming Your Anxious Mind) before any other books.
If you're looking for further reading, I'd suggest these other books also:
-The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
-From Here to Here: Turning Toward Enlightenment by Gary Crowley
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very helpful information for me about meditation practices. I use this as a regular read.Published 11 months ago by Lady09
Dr. Brantley's book outlines how mindfulness meditation can help to subside the anxiety many experience throughout the day.Published 12 months ago by ECSZ1008
This book has given me tools and insights on how to live a life free from anxiety. Mindfulness really does work...kindness and compassion are the keys!Published 14 months ago by Erinah Viola
This has been a terrific book for guiding a novice meditator. It definitely helped to set appropriate expectations--what it is and what it is not-- and to initiate the process. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Grey T.