Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: The MBSR Program for Enhancing Health and Vitality

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New World Library, Feb 13, 2017 - Health & Fitness - 232 pages
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Practicing mindfulness helps us meet life’s challenges with gentleness and clarity. By fully engaging in the present moment as best we can, we nurture our capacity to approach difficulties with less judgment and water the seeds of wisdom and openheartedness in ourselves. This book offers a concise and thorough immersion in the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by Dr. Jon Kabat­-Zinn. It features straightforward instruction in the main exercises of MBSR — sitting meditation, walking meditation, eating meditation, yoga, body scan, and informal, everyday practices. MBSR has been shown to help alleviate symptoms associated with chronic illness, anxiety, pain, burnout, cancer, and other stress-related conditions.

The authors, two leading MBSR teacher trainers, provide step-by-step instructions as well as illustrative real-life examples. Readers embarking on a course in MBSR will find clear guidance, trainers will gain a valuable tool for their teaching, and anyone experiencing or receiving treatment for challenges of mind, body, or spirit will find practical, inspirational help.
 

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Contents

2 What Is Mindfulness?
15
3 Stress Lifes Challenges and Mindfulness
35
Part 2 The EightWeek MBSR Course
57
The Mindfulness Compass
59
5 The EightWeek MBSR Program
75
Week 1 Exploring Mindfulness
79
Week 2 How We Perceive the World and Ourselves
91
Week 3 Being at Home in Our Own Body
105
Week 7 Taking Care of Ourselves
155
Week 8 Looking Backward Going Forward
167
Acknowledgments
177
Notes
181
Recommended Reading
185
Resources
189
Index
199
The Institute for MindfulnessBased Approaches
209

Week 4 What Is Stress?
113
Reaction or Mindful Response
121
Week 6 Mindful Communication
139
Deepening the Practice in Stillness
149
The Ruhr Mindfulness Institute
211
About the Authors
213
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Linda Lehrhaupt, PhD, is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches and one of Europe’s most senior MBSR teachers. 

Petra Meibert, Dipl. Psych., is a psychologist and one of Germany’s leading experts on MBSR, MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), and the applications of mindfulness in medicine and psychotherapy.

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