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The Mindful Way Through Depression : Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness - J. Mark G. Williams

The Mindful Way Through Depression

Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness

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If you've ever struggled with depression, take heart. Mindfulness, a simple yet powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, can help you break the cycle of chronic unhappiness once and for all. In The Mindful Way through Depression, four uniquely qualified experts explain why our usual attempts to "think" our way out of a bad mood or just "snap out of it" lead us deeper into the downward spiral. Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life's challenges with greater resilience. Jon Kabat-Zinn gently and encouragingly narrates the accompanying CD of guided meditations, making this a complete package for anyone seeking to regain a sense of hope and well-being.

See also the authors' Mindful Way Workbook, which provides step-by-step guidance for building your mindfulness practice in 8 weeks. Plus, mental health professionals, see also the authors' bestselling therapy guide:Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Second Edition.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit

"Williams and his international team of authors provide insight into the healing power of so-called 'awareness' through which people can escape the wearisome ruminations of the obsessed mind, befriend alien feelings, and come more alive in themselves. The book is accompanied by a CD with meditations that can help the listener enter the present moment, own more fully their physical context, and stand back from the flow of their thinking and feeling...A practical volume that bears the authority both of contemporary psychology and the age old spiritual practice of meditation." - New Directions "Every word in this affordable paperback seems to embody the gentleness and the spirit of openness that one brings to the practice of MBCT. It is therefore an ideal tool for guided self-help...Invaluable for all non-professionals and therapist alike, The Mindful Way through Depression takes the reader step-by-step on a journey of exploration...Just get the book, get your bottom on the cushion and read it." - Florian Alexander Ruths, British Journal of Psychiatry, December 2007 "Williams and his international team of authors provide insight into the healing power of so-called 'awareness' through which people can escape the wearisome ruminations of the obsessed mind, befriend alien feelings, and come more alive in themselves. The book is accompanied by a CD with meditations that can help the listener enter the present moment, own more fully their physical context, and stand back from the flow of their thinking and feeling...A practical volume that bears the authority both of contemporary psychology and the age old spiritual practice of meditation." - John Twistleton, New Directions, April 2011

Introduction: Tired of Feeling So Bad for So Long
Mind, Body, and Emotion
"Oh, No, Here I Go Again": Why Unhappiness Won't Let Go
The Healing Power of Awareness: Making a Shift to Freedom
Moment by Moment
Cultivating Mindfulness: A First Taste
The Breath: Gateway to Awareness
A Different Kind of Knowing: Sidestepping the Ruminative Mind
Transforming Unhappiness
Reconnecting with Our Feelings--Those We Like, Those We Don't Like, and Those We Don't Know We Have
Befriending our Feelings
Seeing Thoughts as Creations of the Mind
Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Taking a Breathing Space
Reclaiming Your Life
From Being Unhappy to Being Fully Alive
The Mindfulness Program and Your Life: Bringing It All Together
Resources and Further Reading
Audio CD: Guided Meditation Practices forThe Mindful Way through Depression
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ISBN: 9781593851286
ISBN-10: 1593851286
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 273
Published: 2nd June 2007
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.39