The Mindfulness Solution

Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems

By Ronald D. Siegel
(Guilford Publications, Paperback, 9781606232941, 356pp.)

Publication Date: January 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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From a trusted therapist and mindfulness expert, this book blends psychological savvy with powerful tools for attaining a more balanced life. Many people still associate mindfulness with exotic images like a hermit on a mountaintop. Of course, the reality is more down-to-earth: You can cultivate mindfulness and reap its proven benefits while driving to work, showering, talking to a loved one, or washing the dishes. Dr. Ronald Siegel shows exactly how in this inviting guide. A wealth of quizzes and exercises help readers understand and master time-tested techniques for fostering relaxation, awareness, and acceptance. Customizing the approach is simple with step-by-step action plans for improving relationships and finding relief from stress, anxiety, insomnia, pain, unhealthy habits, and more.



About the Author

Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, 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.

 




Praise For The Mindfulness Solution

"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



"While most books on mindfulness are extremely general, Siegel....offers detailed chapters on applying the concept to....specific areas....Using case studies, assessment tools, and step-by-step instructions, Siegel helps readers to identify better the maladaptive habits of their minds, see thoughts more clearly, more aptly attune themselves to others, lessen personal suffering, and improve general spiritual/psychological well being....Excellent."--Library Journal



"Every one of the more than 300 pages that make up this book is entertaining and instructive to read and, taken together, they are packed with all the information a person could need to get started on practising mindfulness....It is brilliant for practitioners keen to learn a new and powerful tool to use to help clients--and themselves....All in all, an exceptional book that takes a light touch to a weighty and worthwhile subject."--Human Givens Journal (British Publication)

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