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Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World Paperback – November 13, 2012
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“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
Danny Penman, PhD, 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.
- Publisher : Rodale Books; Reprint edition (November 13, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1609618955
- ISBN-13 : 978-1609618957
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.47 x 0.75 x 8.36 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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it's been a month or two now after the 8 week program and i still meditate every day. i can't live without it, and i am still prozac free!
don't let the amount of "time" you need to meditate for intimidate you. just sit down, and do it. whether it's 3 minutes or 55 minutes each day, just do it, don't judge yourself or say "i need to meditate 10,000 hours before i'm not anxious or depressed". no- that is just your worried thoughts getting in the way.
i'm currently looking for the "next step" in this journey (book-wise), but i continue daily with my meditations and mindfulness. it's called a "practice" for a reason! stick with it. don't judge yourself. give it everything, as if your life depended on it, because it will change you.
In addition, i found the guided audio superb. Mark Williams voice and guidance truly relax you. They tend to relax you so much that i sometimes found it difficult to stay awake. Don't read that as "boring" but rather it will take you from a state of anxious to calm and relaxed. I wish i could meet this guy to shake his hand and say thank you.
Life can be more than what you think it is; what your mind tells you about reality. It can be more than the distance between here and there. The good news is that that life you are looking for is right here, right now, waiting to be unfolded. The richness, the variety, the luxury is already here, waiting to be savored. You don't need to spend a lot of money to get that kind of life, you don't need to quit work and travel the world, you don't need any of that. What you really need to do is read this damn book and follow the practices! The magic will unfold itself. Let me explain:
Five years ago I purchased this book, and it is the best money I have ever spent. In fact, I would venture to say it is the best thing that I have ever done for myself. This book is basically my personal bible and drastically changed my life for the better. It will change your life for the better if you follow it; that I guarantee. The wisdom and the practice of this book will soak into the very fibers of your body and give you true satisfaction and peace you have always been looking for.
I used to be anxious, quick to anger, always worrying about the future. Always caught up in my head and my thoughts. I had chronic anxiety, depression, and was generally a nervous person. Modern society and extreme business have a way of amplifying this problem. After just a few weeks of using this book, my life changed. I feel that I am one of the happiest people alive, that I can be successful at anything I put my mind to, and that life is no longer passing me by. My relationships are fulfilling, work is meaningful, and I am no longer dependent on the external life to make my own happiness.
This book will teach you to allow life to unfold moment by moment; it will teach you to be kind to yourself and realize the true nature of thoughts. The truth that you are not your thoughts, thoughts & feelings & impulses are transient, and that you ultimately have control over how you relate to these things. Mindfulness will change your brain (yes, physically will change the structure of your brain) so that it is resilient, sharp, and meaningful. It isn't some mystical crap, it has real scientifically-proven benefits. I invite you to read the book to find out more about this and how to practice mindfulness in your daily life. No matter what, know that mindfulness CAN work for you, that everyone's mind is like a crazy monkey, it's not just yours, and that your mind will jump around a LOT and that is completely and totally expected.
Though I am a fairly happy go lucky person, I thought I would give this eight week program a try to see how it was.
I thought I didn't need to be much more mindful. Doing the exercises has improved my life! Surprise to me!
I do recommend the book and the exercises.
Top reviews from other countries
By chance I came across this book and I am glad I did!
The first chapters elaborate on the why and how Mindfulness can help you to better manage your inner critical voices as well as it helps you to understand how these thoughts occur, and that you are not the only one with (critical) thoughts.
The next chapters will guide you through an 8 week course of Mindfulness, including the tracks on the accompanying CD. There are many Mindfulness apps on the market, but for me personally, it was especially important what each mindfulness track/training was trying to teach you.
I have not been very good at doing the daily mindfulness trainings, let alone completing the training week by week. I started the book/8 week course about 6 months ago and I have just finished week 5 - BUT I started to improve and feel better very soon after week 1 or 2. If you can finish it as recommended in the book, great! If not, and like me you do it your own pace - you will still feel a difference!
What is the secret of succeeding like this? I believe it is the fruit of one of the main practices of mindfulness: compassion/ self-compassion. The authors have put themselves completely in the position of the reader and worked from that standpoint with their head and their heart.
Before I was using meditation for just relaxing - which is fine if that is what you most need. But now I feel I am growing. I am grateful for finding this book although I did not even know I was looking.
This book surprised me, it has so much about me and my life in it at the moment. It has made me think why, it has taken me so long to
Realise I was in the exhaustion funnel.
I have started to us the headspace app to metitate daily and bring into my life some of the practices from the book.