View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title The Mindfulness Solution to Anxiety Drawing on techniques and perspectives from two seemingly different traditions, this second edition of the self-help classic Calming Your Anxious Mind offers you a powerful and profound approach to overcoming anxiety, fear, and panic. From the Publisher : This is a major revision of the classic book using mindfulness to overcome anxiety. Buy New Learn more about this copy.
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Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is professor of medicine emeritus at the University of The Mind's Own Physician. Praise This book is a welcome addition to the anxiety disorders field.
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The Here-and-Now Habit. The Perfectionism Workbook for Teens. Ann Marie Dobosz. How to Be a Spiritual Rebel. Kelly G. You are not my shadow any longer. I won't hold you in my hands. You can't live in my eyes, my ears, my voice my belly, or in my heart my heart My heart my heart But come here, fear I am alive and you are so afraid of dying. View 1 comment. Feb 04, Conrad rated it it was ok. Cutting out all the repetitive passages, this book wouldn't be longer than thirty pages and it would still be full of bullshit. I do believe in the power of meditation and the importance of focus on the present moment, but if this book had been my introduction to meditation I wouldn't even have tried it.
Brantley himself seems to be afraid to apply the concepts in his book to truly traumatizing experiences. Instead he provides advice on how to deal with anger about being stuck in traffic sp Cutting out all the repetitive passages, this book wouldn't be longer than thirty pages and it would still be full of bullshit. Instead he provides advice on how to deal with anger about being stuck in traffic spoiler: apparently the answer is saying yes to the experience.
Now I wonder if Dr. Brantley would give the same advice to victims of child abuse or rape or people who are haunted by memories of things they've done in the past. Brantley refers to the heart and the mind as abstract concepts instead of organs to make the case that all of us have the capacity to be joyful and calm eg on p. Indeed, Dr. Brantley predicted that not all of his readers will agree and claims that your inability to see that you're capable of mindful self acceptance stems from "habits and conditioning that block your sense of connection with - and full expression of - the deep and profound inner qualities of stillness and clarity.
Brantley says that our habits do not define who we are and that everyone has them. In my opinion, Dr. Brantley's statements are ridiculous unless you apply them to "ordinary people" exclusively. Brantley never brings up experiences that shape the sense of self worth of people who had to live through trauma that go beyond fear of the dentist and still he preaches that the common concerns people have regarding the power of meditation simply reflect the basic human experience.
What a ton of bullshit.
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Books about meditation have an inherent flaw: you can't read what they say about meditating, especially exercises, while you are meditating. And so it goes with this book. An audio CD or better, downloadable audio files would be of great help. Suggestions by the author to record the exercises and play them back to yourself seem a bit I had a sense that it was better written than most, though for some reason I could not pay attention to it and my mind kept wandering. Perhaps I just found the topic boring at this particular moment of my life.
Whatever, that was definitely an issue with me, not the book. It's also a quick, easy read and a good reference, although the lack of an index was a bit puzzling. Recommended reading, as is most of what has been written by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a contributor here. Mar 06, Anna rated it liked it. The exercises in this book are very good, and it provides a good introduction to mindfulness, but there is a lot of overlap with Jon Kabat-Zinn's work, which I prefer.
If you're already familiar with mindfulness techniques, there's not a lot that's new or groundbreaking here - while it directly addresses the specific states of fear, anxiety, and panic, most of those chapters say basically the same thing as all other mindfulness books. Overall, it's a decent introduction though, and I'm not sorry The exercises in this book are very good, and it provides a good introduction to mindfulness, but there is a lot of overlap with Jon Kabat-Zinn's work, which I prefer.
Overall, it's a decent introduction though, and I'm not sorry that I read it, I just was hoping for something a little deeper. Jan 20, Logan Roberts rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed how informative and practical this book is. I also enjoyed the poetry references, which lead me to read more work by the poets. Lots of good resources here for anyone looking to get into mindfulness. A few of the other books and authors he points out have made to my Amazon wishlist.
These tools for being mindful during fear and anxiety are already proving to help after just a few days. Apr 30, Amber rated it liked it.
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Apr 02, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. Brantley, a physician, describes techniques a person can use to achieve more loving kindness, peace, harmony, serenity, forgiveness, and happiness. He teaches the reader how to replace fearful, anxious thoughts with peaceful ones and shares medical research about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. Jun 23, Asher Valentine rated it it was ok Shelves: science-and-psychology.
Couldn't concentrate on the book about halfway through. Have already read plenty about mindfulness and this provided nothing new. Too bored to get to the end of the book. Prolly be a good read for someone else. Jun 10, Sara rated it really liked it. I wouldn't say this book was super fun to read, but it was really interesting and useful. It got me to sign up for a class in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and really helped me understand why mindfulness is important. Oct 07, Colleen rated it it was ok.
Jun 25, PlatKat rated it liked it Recommends it for: people who want to meditate. Recommended to PlatKat by: some half-ass journalist in a magazine article I read at my derm.
I still want to stab people on the bus as I read this, but to be fair, I haven't actually sat somewhere quiet and tried any of these. This book came so highly recommended that I was sure I was going to love it, but I can't score it as high as I would like due to some serious shortcomings.
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I will come back to its failings, but first I will praise it for what it does well. This book is probably the best single resource I have read to help one actually follow a program of practices that will increase mindfulness and awareness. Many of the steps helped me when I first encountered them twenty years ago, but some of the other practi This book came so highly recommended that I was sure I was going to love it, but I can't score it as high as I would like due to some serious shortcomings.
Many of the steps helped me when I first encountered them twenty years ago, but some of the other practices I am only just encountering for the first time thanks to this book. Many of its insights are fundamental and will provide me food for thought for some time to come. I will certainly be applying myself to some of the variations of meditation practices. Much of the discussion about compassion and kindness is very much needed by many of us. The shortcomings are a different matter. Certain "judgements" are applied to the value of certain emotions inconsistently.
Sometimes, an emotion just is, and should be noted for awareness without judgement. The book states this in some places, but in other places it judges emotions especially anger with harshness. This is inconsistent with the first statement. The goal shouldn't be to ignore or repudiate anger, but to accept it and eventually control it constructively or dissipate it.
Many of the greatest human achievements have been accomplished by doing so. Being aware of the anger is the first step.
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