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The Now Effect: How a Mindful Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life Hardcover – February 21, 2012
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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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it's really the classic in mind-body medicine, and has just been re-issued & updated in paperback, and I think for anyone curious & genuinely interested in a classic primer on this subject, Kabat-Zinn's is a much better choice.
I'm sorry to say that I found 'The Now effect' a bit too big for it's britches, and thought the author, Elisha Friedman does give some credit to the real pioneer in mind-body and neuroscience, he seems to think that his 'now' effect is the 'answer', & I'm always suspicious of books with sub-titles that claim to be the one that can ..."change the rest of your life". For me, this one doesn't even come close, like "Full Catastrope Living", Awakening Joy", by James Baraz, & one of my favorites - Te wise Heart" by jack Kornfield.
I suggest if you want to go to the sources, these are 3 better choices, as is Rick hanson's seminal book on the subject: "Buddha's Brain: The Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom. All are available either on Amazon Used or via Kindle.
The content of the book is, however, very accessible. I like the pace of the instruction. I don't feel as if I have to finish the entire book in one night in order to get started. At first, I wasn't sure I'd like reading an instructional book on an ereader. I like to scribble in the margins, turn down pages, and highlight notes when I find things of value. Fortunately, the Fire lets me do all these things. With this particular book, I may have set a new personal record for highlighted passages... and I'm only 20% of the way through the book.
The videos are very valuable, especially when played on the Fire because you can hold them in your lap as you meditate and, for me, I find that relaxing. I'm glad they run on the Fire (but wish I didn't have to leave the book to get them) and I don't have to hold a heavy laptop while trying to listen to them. Reading the instructions and listening to the video immediately afterwards is, for me, a very effective way to get into deep meditation.
Of course not everything in The Now Effect will be new to someone who has been around the mindfulness block a few times (nor should it be). A number of the exercises are new takes on old practices. For example, the exercise "Breathing in, I am aware of what truly matters, breathing out, I let go of living on automatic" (<is a derivation of Thich Nhat Hanh's breathing exercises). Or his "STOP method" which is to Stop, Take a breath, Observe whatever you're experiencing, and then Proceed with greater awareness of what's most important to pay attention to. But even in aspects that are familiar, Goldstein has a way of bringing clarity and freshness to them. For example, by pointing out that attention and intention are the foundations of spiritual life. Very very true, but easily overlooked in mystical approaches and fancy spiritual footwork.
And then there are unique takes on things. In chapter "Know Your Mind, Change Your Brain," Goldstein offers great advice on rewriting the movie in your mind, memories, and mental traps. This fine section is by others chapters on readying your mind for positivity and letting negativity roll off without sticking. Naturally, this shouldn't be the only book you read on mindfulness, but it is a clear and valuable addition to mindfulness approaches.