A Beginner's Guide to Mindfulness: Live in the Moment
Life is not easy. There are times when we are full of gloom, doubt, fear, bitter disappointment or insecurity. This practical book will help you to experience greater freedom and quality in your life and teach you how to cope with stressful situations. Combining mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) exercises in an accessible, 9-week programme, Bohlmeijer and Hulsbergen show you how to observe your thoughts without judgement and connect with the 'here and now' in your life. By spending a few minutes a day, you will discover what really matters to you in life and learn to base your day to day actions on your values. Learn how to live in the moment with this step by step guide to mindfulness and walk away from fighting difficult emotions. You will find peace and greater joy, as well as reduced anxiety and stress.
Ernst Bohlmeijer is a senior lecturer at the University of Twente. He has a special interest in narrative psychology, in working with life stories in healthcare and in the role of mindfulness, acceptance and values in promoting mental health. Monique Hulsbergen worked for 18 years as a psychologist/psychotherapist in the mental health sector. She is currently working freelance as a psychologist, writer and voice actor.
Foreword by Dr Rick Norris Acknowledgements About the authors Introduction How to use this book PART 1: What is 'living in the moment'? Week 1 What do I want out of life? Week 2 I'm not there yet Week 3 Leave your mind out of it PART 2: Resources for living in the moment Week 4 Hello insecurity, welcome Week 5 The 'trial balloons' of the mind Week 6 Who exactly am I? PART 3: Living in the moment in practice Week 7 How do you want to live in the moment? Week 8 Go for it! Week 9 Keep going for it Glossary Bibliography