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the-art-of-breathing-coverjpgThe secret to living mindfully. Just don’t breathe a word of it…

You breathe 22,000 times every day. How many are you really aware of?

International bestselling and award-winning author Dr Danny Penman provides a concise guide to letting go and finding peace in a messy world, simply by taking the time to breathe.

Known side effects: You will start to smile more. You will worry less. Life won’t bother you so much.

Dissolve anxiety, stress and unhappiness, enhance your mind and unleash your creativity with these simple exercises. And with each little moment of mindfulness, discover a happier, calmer you.

It really is as easy as breathing…

‘This book is inspiring.  Against a backdrop of beautiful art, Danny Penman’s gentle words explain clearly how breathing, known since ancient times as the foundation for living mindfully, can become, for any of us, a way to reclaim our lives.’ Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford.

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9780349408217The relentless pace of modern life can stifle creativity and undermine happiness and wellbeing – but it doesn’t have to be this way.


The simple mindfulness techniques at the heart of Mindfulness for Creativity dissolve anxiety and stress and have been proven to enhance creativity, problem solving and decision making – skills that are needed not only by ‘creatives’ but by anyone who wants to optimise their work, life and overall wellbeing.
 This easy-to-follow, four-week programme takes just 10-20 minutes a day and works by soothing and clarifying the mind, allowing innovative ideas to take form and flourish. It reveals just how much of life is controlled by habitual ways of thinking and approaching the world – and shows you how to pursue a more creative and productive path.

Life is chaotic, but if you follow the mindfulness meditations in this programme you will become more resilient and less anxious, and develop the courage necessary to make difficult decisions, create new ideas and to follow them wherever they should lead.

‘If you want to discover your creativity, and make more insightful decisions, then read this book.’ Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford

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9781250052674You Are Not Your Pain (published in UK as Mindfulness for Health: A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing (includes free CD of Guided Meditations)

 

Pain, suffering, and stress can be intolerable – but it doesn’t have to be this way.

You Are Not Your Pain reveals a set of simple practices that you can incorporate into daily life to relieve chronic pain, suffering and stress. Clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation is at least as effective as the most commonly prescribed painkillers and can be more powerful than morphine. Mindfulness can also significantly reduce the anxiety, depression, irritability, exhaustion and insomnia that can arise from chronic pain and illness.

You Are Not Your Pain is based on a unique meditation programme developed by Vidyamala Burch to help her cope with the severe pain of a spinal injury. The Breathworks Centre founded by Vidyamala – and its affiliates around the world – have helped thousands of people cope with pain, illness and stress. Its pioneering approach is praised by Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Professor Lance McCraken of King’s College London.

The eight week programme at the heart of this book takes just 10-20 minutes per day. You’ll be surprised by how quickly your suffering melts away, leaving behind a deep-seated love of life.

 

Foreword by Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University.

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US Book Cover - 3D MainMindfulness: An Eight Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World (Includes Free Downloads of the Guided Meditations)

 

MINDFULNESS reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break the cycle of unhappiness, stress, anxiety and mental exhaustion and promote genuine joie de vivre. It’s the kind of happiness that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life can throw at you with new courage. The book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and it is recommended by the UK’s National Institute of Clinical Excellence – in other words, it works. More importantly it also works for people who are not depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world. MINDFULNESS focuses on promoting joy and peace rather than banishing unhappiness. It’s precisely focused to help ordinary people boost their happiness and confidence levels whilst also reducing anxiety, stress and irritability.

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The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness

Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn

Over 200,000 in print!

The Mindful Way through Depression draws on the collective wisdom of four internationally renowned mindfulness experts, including bestselling author Jon Kabat-Zinn, to provide effective relief from the most prevalent psychological disorder. This authoritative, easy-to-use self-help program is based on methods clinically proven to reduce the recurrence of depression. Revealing the hidden psychological mechanisms that cause chronic unhappiness, the authors gently guide readers through a series of exercises designed to break the mental habits that lead to despair. Kabat-Zinn lends his calm, familiar voice to the accompanying CD of guided meditations, making this a complete package for anyone looking to regain a sense of balance and contentment.

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Full Catastrophe Living: How to Cope with Stress, Pain and Illness Using Mindfulness Meditation

By Jon Kabat-Zinn

A true breakthrough in the area of behavioural medicine and self control If you are looking for the best available book on this topic, this is it! Alan Marlatt, PhD Professor of Psychology, Director of the Addictive Behaviours Research Centre, University of Washington. In the fifteen years since its initial publication, Full Catastrophe Living has sold over 400,000 copies worldwide. It has established itself both as an excellent beginner’s guide to meditation and as the bible for a mind/body movement that has transformed Western medicine. This practical, step-by-step meditation guide is based on a revolutionary eight-week programme called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), which stress-relief and meditation expert Jon Kabat-Zinn created at the world-renowned Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Boston. This fifteenth anniversary edition includes a new introduction along with an expanded bibliography and resources section.

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About the Author

Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD is founder and director of the famous Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine. Jon Kabat-Zinn is the author of Wherever You Go, There You Are (Piatkus, 0 7499 2548 5), previously titled Mindfulness Meditation For Everyday Life (Piatkus, 0 7499 1422 X).

 

Wherever You Go, There You are: Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life

By Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is considered the heart of Buddhist meditation. But its essence is universal and of deep practical benefit to everyone. Wherever You Go, There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in our lives, and awakening us to the unique beauty and possibilities of each present moment. He shows us how this simple meditation technique can enable us to be truly in touch with where we already are, so that we can be fully aware at all times. Jon Kabat-Zinn explains: What ‘mindfulness’ is; How to achieve mindfulness using simple meditation techniques; How mindful meditation can enhance every aspect of your life; How to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life

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The No Diet Diet: Do Something Different

Danny Penman, Ben Fletcher and Karen Pine

Scientists have discovered the secret of healthy permanent weight loss – and it’s got nothing to do with dieting! People are over-weight because they are imprisoned by their bad habits. The fatter someone is, the more habits they have. THE NO DIET DIET shows you how to break these hidden habits so you can effortlessly lose weight without feeling hungry. There are no calories to count or carbs to watch – but more importantly – there’s no diet to follow. Clinical trials show that THE NO DIET DIET will help you: – Lose weight without feeling hungry – Continue shedding the pounds until your body’s ideal healthy weight emerges – Lose weight simply without using willpower, calorie counting, expensive diet clubs, restrictive food regimes or unrealistic exercise programmes – Become happier and healthier – Maintain the weight loss permanently by adopting the secrets of the naturally slim Stop dieting and start living with this revolutionary and original programme. You’ll never have to buy another diet book again.

 

 

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