The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness
|Author:||J. Mark G. Williams; Zindel Segal; John D. Teasdale; Zindel V. Segal; Jon Kabat-Zinn; John Teasdale|
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. This e-book includes an audio program of guided meditations, narrated by Jon Kabat-Zinn, for purchasers to stream or download from the Web.
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
Mark Williams, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Wellcome Principal Research Fellow at Oxford University.
John Teasdale, PhD, has held senior research appointments in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, and the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK. He has received a Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association, and is a Fellow of both the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Zindel Segal, PhD, is the Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto and Director of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and teacher. He is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society.
Introduction: Tired of Feeling So Bad for So Long. Part I: 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. Part II: Moment by Moment. Cultivating Mindfulness: A First Taste. The Breath: Gateway to Awareness. A Different Kind of Knowing: Sidestepping the Ruminative Mind. Part III: 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. Part IV: 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: Kabat-Zin: Guided Meditation Practices for The Mindful Way through Depression.