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Log On: Two Steps to Mindful Awareness Paperback – April 28, 2009

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Dr. Amit Sood is the Director of Research and Practice in the Mayo Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic. An Associate Professor of Medicine, he chairs the Mind Body Medicine Initiative. He completed his residency in Internal medicine at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, earned an Integrative Medicine Fellowship from the University of Arizona, and a Masters in Clinical Research from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He has received several NIH and foundation grants for conducting research to develop and incorporate integrative and mind-body approaches into conventional medical care and to promote well being. He provides integrative and mind-body medicine consults to patients at the Mayo Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program in Rochester, MN.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439230463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439230466
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,987,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Sood has shown some astounding scientific information that demonstrates the positive effects of meditation. He also strips out the dogmatic things that can sometimes be associated with meditation and lays it out in a practical, real-world, method that anyone can easily use.
I personally saw Dr. Sood speak about his work and was so excited to see the medical and scientific community embracing and endorsing meditation as a holistic approach to improving ones life. GREAT BOOK!!!!
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Log On: Two Steps to Mindful Awareness
Dr Sood has written one of the best books on mind-body medicine ever. In simple, short chapters, he explains how stress affects our health using the latest medical research and what we can do about it. As he says, we are all guilty of overthinking but it is mostly about the past or the future which is where all our anxieties come from. We spend little time in the present where there is little to be anxious about. This is MINDFULNESS and we will not control our thinking without training our minds. For anyone who feels anxious, stressed, or worried and wants a way to manage theses feelings without medication or go through therapy, this book is mandatory. Great book!
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I heard a presentation of Dr. Amit Sood, of the Mayo Clinic at Rochester, MN. then bought his book, "Log On: Two Steps to Mindful Awareness". It is a highly practical book that can be appreciated by professional and non-professional persons alike. The book was written for persons who "believe that the brilliant sun is somewhere in the sky, but the clouds presently seem too dense and and one is not sure how to look past them."

The reader will find maximum value by "being in dialogue" with the author through completion of the exercises presented. Dr. Sood suggests the book be approached with an open mind, since not all of the examples given will apply directly to every reader.

After some rather technical information about the brain and the mind early in the book, the author deals with some very practical issues such as living in the present moment, why and how to forgive, acceptance of unalterable situations. He discusses compassion and gives exercises to help the reader develop that characteristic. There is a section devoted to meaning in life and how to find one's "true meaning". Gratitude is emphasized and why it's practice is important. Finally Dr. Sood deals with meditation, faith, prayer and the divine. This is all done in a helpful, non-offensive manner.

The author makes liberal use of acronyms as an assist in remembering important elements. Shaded text that is somewhat technical is not considered essential to the nontechnical reader.

After reading and appreciating this book myself, I gave a copy to my grandson, a newly graduated psychologist, who is finding certain elements of the book applicable in his own practice.
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All I can say is thank you Dr. Sood. This book was given to me and I am not only grateful to Dr. Sood but to the giver. It is a book I will buy for others, if I know them well enough to feel they would be interested. The first book on mindfulness I have felt I could put into practice.
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Note: This book has now been reprinted as Train Your Brain....Engage Your Heart....Transform Your Life: A Course in Attention & Interpretation Therapy (AIT). There is also a new workbook.

This is a great book. The author gives two simple steps to emotional well-being, along with tons of deeper explanation around the steps. I feel like the author has a lot of substance and wisdom to share, and he explains it well.

I like the author's science-based approach to the subject. The author's ideas and advice appear to be rooted in recent brain research. I'm leery of "touchy-feely" New-Age-type self-help books, so I was happy to see over 500 footnotes in this book from scientific journals. The author has an MD and is the director of integrative medicine at the Mayo Clinic, so he comes with credentials than inspire some confidence.
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Dr. Sood shows how 2500 years of knowledge (mindfulness training) is now being validated by neuroscience. This is an evidence based and scientific approach to what has been the arena of mystics and spiritualists. The good news is that his technique is accessible, affordable and appropriate for all.

Probably no effort will benefit you more in your life.
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