Use mindfulness to relax and control anxiety, depression, stress and pain Whether you're looking to control your depression and anxiety levels, improve concentration and reduce stress, or just want to restore balance in your life, Mindfulness For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you how to slow down, become aware of what is going on around you and react effectively. Focusing on breathing and other self-control techniques, the practice of mindfulness is scientifically proven to calm jittery nerves and free the mind of distracting thoughts, mental clutter and unrealistic expectations. With this easy-to-follow guide, you'll discover how to pay attention to the present in order to change the way you think, feel and act. Covering the latest research on the effect of mindfulness on the brain, Mindfulness For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you how to break free from a downward spiral of negative thought and action, and empowers you to make positive choices that support your well-being. Use mindfulness to reduce stress and anxiety, combat pain and more Receive guidance on incorporating mindfulness into everyday life Establish your own mindfulness routine Access audio downloads of guided meditations Written by a professional mindfulness trainer, and packed with tips to incorporate this practice into your daily life, Mindfulness For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you how to reap the benefits of a more attentive life.
Foreword xiii Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Mindfulness 5 Chapter 1: Discovering Mindfulness 7 Chapter 2: Enjoying the Benefits of Mindfulness 21 Part II: Preparing the Ground for Mindful Living 37 Chapter 3: Nurturing Your Motivation 39 Chapter 4: Growing Healthy Attitudes 53 Chapter 5: Humans Being Versus Humans Doing 73 Part III: Practising Mindfulness 89 Chapter 6: Getting Into Formal Mindfulness Meditation Practice 91 Chapter 7: Using Mindfulness for Yourself and Others 119 Chapter 8: Using Mindfulness in Your Daily Life 139 Chapter 9: Establishing Your Own Mindfulness Routine 159 Chapter 10: Dealing with Setbacks and Transcending Distractions 177 Part IV: Reaping the Rewards of Mindfulness 197 Chapter 11: Discovering Greater Happiness 199 Chapter 12: Reducing Stress, Anger and Fatigue 219 Chapter 13: Using Mindfulness to Combat Anxiet y, Depression and Addiction 237 Chapter 14: Getting Physical: Healing the Body 259 Chapter 15: Coaching Children in Mindfulness 273 Part V: The Part of Tens 289 Chapter 16: Ten Top Tips for Mindful Living 291 Chapter 17: Ten Ways Mindfulness Can Really Help You 301 Chapter 18: Ten Mindfulness Myths to Expose 311 Chapter 19: Ten Paths to Further Study 319 Index 327
Shamash Alidina is a professional mindfulness teacher trainer, coach and speaker. Shamash has over 14 years’ experience teaching mindfulness. He currently runs creative workshops for organisations and speaks at conferences worldwide. He offers online training, teacher training and professional development in mindfulness-based approaches.
Learn to: Clear your mind and become happier, healthier and more self-aware Use mindfulness to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and more Establish your own mindfulness routine Use mindfulness to restore balance in your life Are you suffering from anxiety, depression or debilitating pain? Whatever drove you to pick up this book, rest assured you’ve chosen the right path! Inside, you’ll find out how mindfulness can help calm jittery nerves, reduce stress and pain, free the mind of distracting thoughts — and reignite your perception of this mystery called life. Behold the marvels of mindfulness — understand the meaning of mindfulness, take a look at mindful meditation and grasp how mindfulness can heal the body and mind Take a deep breath — use mindfulness meditation to combat anxiety, depression, addiction, stress, anger and fatigue Here’s to a happier you — pave your own path to happiness with helpful tips on applying mindfulness to generate positive emotions Have an attitude of gratitude — discover how attitude affects outcome and look beyond problem-solving to truly prepare yourself for incorporating mindfulness into your life Put the “I” in mindfulness — find practical ways to establish your own mindfulness routine, whether you’re at work, on the go or juggling everyday stresses Open the book and find: Tried and true ways mindfulness can really help you Advice for dealing with setbacks and avoiding distractions Ways to use mindfulness to manage physical pain How to teach mindfulness to children Constructive ways to react to unpleasant emotions The importance of remembering that thoughts aren’t facts How mindfulness boosts creativity
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