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Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems

by Ronald D Siegel Guilford Publications
Pub Date:
11/2009
ISBN:
9781606232941
Format:
Pbk 356 pages
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From a trusted therapist and mindfulness expert, this book blends psychological savvy with powerful tools for attaining a more balanced life. Many people still associate ''mindfulness'' with exotic images like a hermit on a mountaintop. Of course, the reality is more down-to-earth: You can cultivate mindfulness - and reap its proven benefits - while driving to work, showering, talking to a loved one, or washing the dishes. Dr. Ronald Siegel shows exactly how in this inviting guide. A wealth of quizzes and exercises help readers understand and master time-tested techniques for fostering insight, awareness, and acceptance. Customizing the approach is simple with step-by-step action plans for improving relationships and finding relief from stress, anxiety, insomnia, pain, unhealthy habits, and more.

Audience: Readers who want to enhance their overall well-being and relationships, as well as those struggling with problems including anxiety, depression, and stress-related pain. Also of interest to mental health professionals.

''Mindfulness is an innate capacity that, when cultivated, can awaken us to true health and happiness. Dr. Siegel's book is a clear and comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to apply the power of mindful awareness to challenging emotions, physical pain, or relational difficulties. Filled with wisdom that is both practical and deep, this book is an invitation to live the real moments of our life with presence and heart.''
- Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance

''In your hands is a readily accessible book that can walk you step by step to a better life. Being present in the moment with acceptance is more than just a practice/m-/it is a key research-proven strategy that promotes health in the body, the mind, and in our relationships with one another. Now is the time/m-/and here is the invitation/m-/to step into a new way of being that can reduce anxiety, stress, and fear, and enhance joy, gratitude and well-being in your life.''
- Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Mindsight

''This clear and practical guide can help you discover your own potential to develop mindfulness. It offers guidance for building a formal meditation practice as well as tools for coping in everyday life.''
- Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

''Down-to-earth and helpful, Dr. Siegel offers genuinely practical training in the transformative art of mindfulness.''
- Jack Kornfield, PhD, author of The Wise Heart

''Talk of 'mindfulness' brings up images of monks spending years on end doing something mysterious. But Dr. Siegel shows how to bring the simple wisdom of acceptance and mindfulness into the everyday actions of ordinary living. Gentle, genuine, and wise, this book coaxes, cajoles, and guides the reader into looking with clear eyes at how we humans get in our own way, and provides simple, powerful, step-by-step methods for learning how to live the kind of lives we want.''
- Steven C. Hayes, PhD, author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

''Dr. Siegel offers us an abundance of exercises, transformative practices, and the skilful means to live a mindful life of conscious awareness and meaningful connection. I applaud and recommend his unique perspective, gleaned from a life of meditation and psychotherapeutic practice and research. This wonderful book is a real contribution to the field of happiness studies and spiritual development.''
- Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within

''While most books on mindfulness are extremely general, Siegel....offers detailed chapters on applying the concept to....specific areas....Using case studies, assessment tools, and step-by-step instructions, Siegel helps readers to identify better the maladaptive habits of their minds, see thoughts more clearly, more aptly attune themselves to others, lessen personal suffering, and improve general spiritual/psychological well being....Excellent.''
- Library Journal[/ital] online review Deborah Bigelow, November 6, 2009)

Preface 

I. Why Mindfulness Matters

1. Life Is Difficult, for Everyone

2. Mindfulness: A Solution

3. Learning to Practice Mindfulness

4. Building a Mindful Life

II. Everyday Practices for Unruly Minds, Bodies, and Relationships

5. Befriending Fear: Working with Worry and Anxiety

6. Entering the Dark Places: Seeing Sadness and Depression in a New Light

7. Beyond Managing Symptoms: Transforming Pain and Stress-Related Medical Problems

8. Living the Full Catastrophe: Mindfulness for Romance, Parenting, and Other Intimate Relationships

9. Breaking Bad Habits: Learning to Make Good Choices

10. Growing Up Isn’t Easy: Changing Your Relationship with Aging, Illness, and Death

11. What’s Next? The Promise of Mindfulness

When You Need More Help: How to Find a Therapist

Resources

"Offers strategies and practical solutions so that both formal and informal practices can be integrated into a person's routine, customized for their particular set of circumstances. It is a self-help book that comes with a web link to downloadable audio recordings of Dr. Siegel guiding practices....This is a friendly and useful resource for people interested in exploring the concept of as a way to better their mental or physical health. I think it also has some valuable ideas for the therapist who is interested in integrating some of the explanations and exercises with his or her client....I had never thought before about how one could incorporate practice as part of individual therapy. I appreciated the examples throughout the book to see how a therapist could work individually with a client by building a tailored toolkit for that client's preferences."
Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 25 years. He is also a faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and maintains a private practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel teaches internationally about mindfulness, psychotherapy, and mind-body treatment approaches. He is the coauthor of Back Sense, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain.