(Includes Free CD with Guided Meditations)
Authors – Mark Williams and Danny Penman
This book is an excellent introduction to the practice of Mindfulness. Mindfulness has been used for centuries to help stress, anxiety and depression. The book includes a free CD of guided meditations, and teaches the idea of being fully focused on the present, rather than worrying about the past or the future. It teaches that what makes us anxious, depressed and unhappy depends not entirely on what happens to us, but also on how we chose to respond to those things. It doesn’t advocate a falsely cheerful “Pollyanna” view of the world, and of course accepts that it is normal to react to some events with unhappiness and anxiety; but it shows how to react proportionately to difficulties, to let go of what we cannot change or control, and to be mindful of all the positive aspects of life which it is so easy to take for granted. Mindfulness teaches that a sense of contentment, stillness and calm can exist inside each of us. Many clients have read this book and found it hugely helpful, despite very stressful life circumstances – serious illness or disability; loss of a parent, spouse or child; extremely demanding working lives (surgeons, salespeople, emergency services workers, head teachers, barristers, social workers, to name just a few); those with children with disabilities; people facing redundancy and divorce; those struggling with fertility problems.
Mindfulness is also used to help weight loss, eating disorders, social confidence, emotional problems such as jealousy and insecurity, and the stress and anxiety caused by serious illness and infertility.