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The Mindful Way through Depression
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—in the moment, as they happen—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. Jon Kabat-Zinn gently and encouragingly narrates the accompanying CD of guided meditations, making this a complete package for anyone seeking to regain a sense of hope and well-being.
Whatever your starting point, we encourage you to practice the exercises and meditations described here and on the CD with a combination of patience, self-compassion, persistence, and open-mindedness… As best as you can, simply trust in your fundamental capacity for learning, growing, and healing as we go along through this process—and engage in the practices as if your life depended on them, which in many ways, literally and metaphorically, it surely does. The rest will take care of itself.
“Using mindfulness training to prevent and treat depression is a novel strategy in the West, though it is a traditional application of Eastern meditation practice. Whether you struggle with depression or simply want to understand your mind and emotions better, you will find this book accessible and useful. Depression is epidemic in our society, and I would love to see this sensible treatment approach gain ground.” —Andrew Weil, author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health
“Revolutionary… For depression sufferers, this is a truly useful guide to achieving emotional balance. I recommend this book and companion CD most highly.” —Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence