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Mindfulness Book Review: Learn How To Practice

Mindfulness Book Review: Learn How To Practice

Inside my review of the “MINDFULNESS – A Practical Guide To Finding Peace In A Frantic World” Book, I reveal my pros and cons.

The book is by Mark Williams and Danny Penman with a foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

For anyone who wants to learn about mindfulness, this book may help. Practicing mindfulness during the day may be something that you would be able to include in your daily routine.

Today you are going to find out how this MINDFULNESS book can potentially help you. The book explains an eight week program learning practical mindfulness techniques.

My first impressions

I started to read this book recently and it makes a lot of sense. I have not got too far into it, but it makes a lot of sense so far. They explain that the process of “feeling not great” can lead to a downward path, and the solution is meditation, however they explain it really well. They also explain the importance of adapting that “life is not a race, not with yourself or with others” attitude.

Introduction

mindfulnessThis is a practical self help book for anxiety and stress.

The book is based on Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT for short). MBCT can help people who are finding life an uphill battle and finding life to be challenging, and maybe because of this, are stressed or anxious or exhausted.

In my opinion, don’t worry too much about what MBCT is. Just know that it is something that is helpful. The scientifically based methods outlined are practical and down to earth.

My review

This book explains things in a way that a normal person can understand. In this book, you “can learn the simple mindfulness meditations at the heart of MBCT. You’ll be surprised by how quickly you can be back in control and able to enjoy life again.”

What is this book about?

This book is about giving you additional information and tools to help you in your battle with anxiety or stress. I repeat myself, you “can learn the simple mindfulness meditations at the heart of MBCT. You’ll be surprised by how quickly you can be back in control and able to enjoy life again.”

Who is this book for?

This is for anyone who wants to be able to be on top of life. Life can be challenging and can throw a lot of things at you. We, including you and I, need tools and methods and techniques based on real world requirements so that we can get back in control and able to enjoy life again.

This book is for anyone who wants to free themselves from anxiety and stress. As Ruby Wax put it, “If you want to free yourself from anxiety and stress, then read this book”.

How this book helped me?

Over the last while, I have learned a lot about stress and anxiety. I purchased this book myself in order to check out for myself does it deliver. I only have the book a short while now, and what I have read so far, I feel that the information is solid.

I am looking forward to reading the rest of the book, especially the eight week Mindfulness Program.

Pros

  • The book comes with an eight week plan
  • I find that the content in the book makes a lot of sense
  • The scientifically based methods outlined are practical and down to earth.
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10 thoughts on “Mindfulness Book Review: Learn How To Practice”

  1. Great book review about the mindfulness for people who are looking for a way out of stress.
    I am a book fan but mostly read personal development.
    I love this book because you said it has “tools” to help you. These days it is hard to have book like that because it ends up being a book that accumulates dust in the shelf of people.

    Reply
    • Hi Thabo,

      Yes, I agree that “tools” are very important to people so that they can use these “tools” as they are required. As a said in my book review, the free audio CD that comes with the book contains eight guided meditations. Each one of these eight meditations is a “tool” in its own right. All you need to do is copy them over to your laptop, or maybe your smartphone, and then you would be able to do them in an appropriate place of your own choosing.

      I would consider that this book would be a good mix for you, as you read mostly personal development. Daniel Goleman, the best selling author of Emotional Intelligence says “Want a happier, more content life? I highly recommend the down-to-earth methods you find in Mindfulness. Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman have teamed up to give us scientifically grounded techniques we can apply in the midst of our everyday challenges and catastrophes’.

      I think that you would find the book very helpful.

      Peace,
      David

      Reply
  2. Hi David.
    This book does look very interesting.
    I don’t think it’s the kind of book I need or would read myself, but I know 2 people (friends) who I know would benefit from reading this book and doing the guided meditations.
    I will definitely pass your website address to them so that they can read your review themselves. I’m pretty sure that they will be interested in getting this book to help them deal with their stress and anxiety.
    A great review, thank you very much.
    Best wishes,
    Michael

    Reply
    • Hi Michael,

      What makes this book more interesting is the fact that the free CD of guided meditations that comes with the book are very useful and applicable. One of the guided meditations is just over 3 minutes long. No matter how busy and frantic you day is, you can (nearly) always get in a guided meditation that is just over 3 minutes long.

      I hope that your friends get the book and do the guided meditations. I am pretty sure that it will help them with their stress and anxiety.

      I am a big fan of meditation and was doing meditation on a daily basis before I purchased this book myself. I am finding that the additional information in this book very useful and beneficial to me. I am finding the partner guided meditations in the free CD that comes with the book great, and use those guided meditations a lot.

      Peace,
      David

      Reply
  3. Sounds like a great book by what you have shared and well worth a read
    I love personal development and this book could really help my clients

    Reply
    • Hi Vicki,

      You really nailed it. This book with its partner CD of guided meditations can be really helpful. The shortest guided meditations is just over 3 minutes long. No matter how busy and frantic you day is, you can (nearly) always get in a guided meditation that is just over 3 minutes long. This is valuable in that it gives you a chance to relax for a few minutes and this is always good.

      Peace,
      David

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  4. Hi David…thanks for the article and book review.

    Definitely worth checking out. I totally agree that meditation is definitely the way to go in bringing inner peace…too many of us just don’t do it.

    I’m convinced that as humans we need to develop ourselves daily physically, mentally and spiritually. Most of us probably do the first 2…but neglect the latter, which is such a crucial component.

    Books like this definitely help because sometimes we just need that guiding principle, even though meditation may “seem” to be easy to do.

    Reply
    • Hi Zulfaqar,

      Thank you. Meditation is an activity that helps. There are many different techniques and approaches. This book looks at ways of doing meditation to reduce stress and to reduce anxiety in this busy world of ours.

      I agree with you that people need to develop themselves daily on a number of different fronts – as you say, physically, mentally and spiritually. However the “real world” can catch up on “time poor” people and this development does not occur.

      Meditation may seem easy to do, however it can be difficult to start the process of doing meditation on a daily basis. Like a lot of good things in life, meditation does require some work and some effort in order to benefit from its benefits.

      The information in this book and the eight different guided meditations in the free audio CD that comes with the book help greatly.

      Peace,
      David

      Reply
  5. Hi, David!

    Thank you for sharing this amazing book review! It looks like a great book that can help all of us to deal with stress and anxiety.

    I enjoyed reading this review, because it seemed that you had some fun writing it. 🙂 I don’t know about other people, but I would love to buy this book, and it’s great that there is CD with guided meditations. Meditation is very helpful if we want to relieve stress, anxiety and live a happy, peaceful life. Who doesn’t want that? Right?

    This book can help many people to find something missing in their lives. How many people are suffering from stress and don’t know what to do? This book can be their answer, a tool that can help to let go of stress and learn to manage it.

    If we all can learn to meditate and do it daily, we can be peaceful, happy and make this world a truly amazing place to be.

    Thank you again, David! Thanks for being who are! 🙂

    Best regards,
    your friend Linda

    Reply
    • Hi Linda,

      Yes, this is a great book that helps people to learn how to do meditation in order to reduce stress and to reduce anxiety.

      What I love about the book is that the book explains a lot of things in a logical way to me which I find that I relate to and which I find useful. I find that the eight guided meditations in the free CD that came with the book really good.

      I copied the contents of the free CD over to my laptop and find that I do those guided meditations quite often. The person speaking in those guided meditations has a very calm and very relaxing voice, and the guided meditations are done very well. Well worth the cost of the book to get my hands on those guided meditations.

      I know an online provider of guided meditations that involves a monthly recurring fee, and the cost of this book was less than the cost of one month with that online provider. And I have access to these eight guided meditations for ever without a monthly recurring fee.

      I recommend that you get your hands on the book and on the free CD that comes with the book. 🙂

      Peace,
      David

      Reply

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