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The Mindfulness Solution

Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems

By Ronald Siegel

© 2010 – Guilford Press

356 pages

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Mindfulness offers a path to well-being and tools for coping with life's inevitable hurdles. And though mindfulness may sound exotic, you can cultivate it--and reap its proven benefits--without special training or lots of spare time. Trusted therapist and mindfulness expert Dr. Ronald Siegel shows exactly how in this inviting guide. You'll get effective strategies to use while driving to work, walking the dog, or washing the dishes, plus tips on creating a formal practice routine in as little as 20 minutes a day. Flexible, step-by-step action plans will help you become more focused and efficient in daily life; cope with difficult feelings, such as anger and sadness; deepen your connection to your spouse or partner; feel more rested and less stressed; curb unhealthy habits; find relief from anxiety and depression; and resolve stress-related pain, insomnia, and other physical problems. Free audio downloads of the meditation exercises are available at the author's website: www.mindfulness-solution.com. Start living a more balanced life--today.

Reviews

"Dr. Siegel offers us an abundance of exercises, transformative practices, and the skillful 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
 
"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
 
"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
 
"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

"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--it is a key research-proven strategy that promotes health in the body, in the mind, and in our relationships with one another. Now is the time--and here is the invitation--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

"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

"Both accessible and persuasive in showing how mindful awareness can help us take care of ourselves and stay centered as we navigate life's inevitable challenges."--Zindel V. Segal, PhD, coauthor of The Mindful Way through Depression

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, where he has taught for over 25 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy and mind-body treatment, has worked for many years in community mental health with inner-city children and families, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel is coauthor of the self-treatment guide Back Sense, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain, and coeditor of an acclaimed book for professionals, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Dr. Siegel lives in Lincoln with his wife and daughters. He regularly uses the practices in this book to work with his own busy, unruly mind.


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY000000
PSYCHOLOGY / General