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The Now Effect: How a Mindful Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life Hardcover – February 21, 2012
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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“The Now Effect offers wise and simple guidance that is immediately helpful, compassionate and playful. It is a genuine invitation to be fully present, to open yourself up to life.”—Jack Kornfield, bestselling author of A Path with Heart
"If you are looking for a handbook on how to improve the quality of your life, reduce your stress levels and help build a better future for yourself, your family, your community and your country, this book is it." --Congressman Tim Ryan, author of A Mindful Nation
“The Now Effect shines with a fresh simplicity and wisdom that will make you see your mind and relationships in a different way. With practical guidance, this book gives you important tools to make changes for a better life. A genuinely uplifting and very enjoyable book." --Jeffrey M.Schwartz, MD, Co-author of You Are Not Your Brain
"What we most cherish--love, aliveness, creativity, play--arises only in moments of presence. In The Now Effect you'll get an invaluable map for coming home to the life that is here and now. With a beautiful clarity and simplicity, Elisha Goldstein offers anecdotes, science, perennial wisdom and practical exercises that will guide you in working with difficulties and in living with an awakened heart." --Tara Brach, bestselling author of Radical Acceptance
“These wisdom-packed offerings teach beautifully how the relevant aspects of neuroscience can help illuminate what otherwise might seem like magic: The way we pay attention to the here and now of our experience can free our minds, enhance our relationships, and transform our brains toward well-being. Soak in these powerful lessons and enjoy!" --Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. author of Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation and Co-Director, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
"The Now Effect reminds us how to have fun with our lives again. Who would think that sitting quietly and watching our breath would teach us how to be kind, smart and have a sense of humor? With his book, Elisha Goldstein has done his part to create the conditions for world peace!" --Chade-Meng Tan, Jolly Good Fellow at Google and author of Search Inside Yourself
“Written with a lightness of touch and chock full of practical advice, this book is a broad and generous portal for those interested in bringing the power of present moment awareness more fully into their lives” –Zindel V. Segal, author of The Mindful Way Through Depression
“We all want to move beyond the dead-end, conditioned responses that derail our best intentions and hold us hostage day after day, year after year; in these pages, Elisha Goldstein offers real tools toward that end. A wonderful book!” --Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
"Shot through with stories, poetry, and down to earth lessons, the brief chapters in this book are entertaining but never trite and make mindfulness practice refreshingly accessible. Accompanied by Elisha’s clear online video instruction, The Now Effect will become a valuable resource for clinicians, doctors, patients, teachers, and anyone else who is looking to rediscover and rest in the present moment." --Pat Ogden PhD, Founder, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
“Grounded in the science of how the brain tricks us to dwell in the past and the future - anywhere but now - and full of practical methods, The Now Effect will help you feel stronger, less stressed, more present, happier, kinder, and more effective.” --Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
About the Author
Elisha Goldstein, PhD, is cofounder of the Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles and the author of The Now Effect and coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (with Bob Stahl). He developed the Mindfulness at Work program for eMindful.com and co-developed the CALM (Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness) program with his wife, Stefanie Goldstein, PhD. He developed and runs Mindful Compassion Cognitive Therapy (MCCT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programs, focusing on helping people avoid relapsing into depression. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
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Every time, I bring The Now Effect with me to read and practice a few chapters. It immediately helps me calm down and face the current challenge with much decreased stress. I am on my third reading of the book and every time I "hear" something different or new that is helpful.
There are so many different suggested forms of meditation and positive thinking, that everyone can relate to some of the techniques. Although they may not all be presented in depth, they are referenced if you would like to delve into one form or another. I think this book would be very helpful for those of us that worry a lot or suffer from anxiety.
Dr Goldstein is easy to understand, and very helpful in explaining the 'how to' of this Now Effect. I had no idea what 'living in the moment' or 'living one day at a time' meant before I read this little book and tried his exercises.
I am thankful for the book and would recommend it to anyone trying to move from their heads into their hearts.
For me, the most difficult part about remaining mindful is maintaining the diligence to keep my mind disciplined. The Now Effect demands a certain level of effort on the part of the reader. It provides directions and techniques, which one can practice daily that act as gentle reminders to remain in the now.
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Helped me a lot. A book to read every day to remain to be in contact with ourselves