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Mindfulness

The Eight-Week Meditation Programme for a Frantic World
Narrated by: Prof Mark Williams
Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
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Mindfulness: The Eight-Week Meditation Programme for a Frantic World is written by Clinical Psychology Research Fellow at Oxford University, Professor Mark Williams and award-winning journalist and author Dr Danny Penman. In this mindfulness meditation audiobook skillfully narrated by Williams, the techniques of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) are introduced. Now clinically proven in its effectiveness for preventing Clinical Depression, these techniques are incredibly easy to use. Carry this wherever you go and listen to the techniques when you need help with calming, positive inspiration for a stressful situation. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

“Want a happier, more contented life? I highly recommend the down-to-earth methods you’ll find in Mindfulness. Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman have teamed up to give us scientifically grounded techniques we can apply in the midst of our everyday challenges and catastrophes.” Daniel Goleman, bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence

Life can be relentless, frantic and exhausting - but it doesn’t have to be this way.

This is an introduction to Mindfulness, which reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion. Mindfulness is based on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), which is recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and is as effective as drugs for preventing depression. But, more importantly, it also works for the rest of us who aren’t depressed but are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world.

By investing just a few minutes each day, you can learn the simple mindfulness meditations at the heart of MBCT. This audio edition is an introduction to the technique which will give you the tools to put you back in control and able to enjoy life again.

This audiobook contains 37 chapters. Chapters 1-28 explain what mindfulness is and how it works, while the 8 guided meditations are placed at the end (Chapters 29-37) for ease of repeated practice.

©2011 Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman (P)2011 Hachette Digital

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Great for beginners looking to begin being mindful

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrators voice was pleasant to listen to and nice and calm and relaxing. I would recommend this book to people who struggle to meditate or be 'in the moment' ... The great thing is that the mindfulness exercises are only 8-15min long, to be practised twice a day.... So for me (who usually falls asleep during long meditations) this worked well. It also gives you a chance to try all different sorts of meditation, moving, guided, laying, seated etc and find one style that works well for you.

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valuable learnings throughout

I keep coming back again and again to my most valuable and favourite meditations from this book.
good voice . I hear the kindness in the author's voice again a d again teaching me to be kind to myself and others⁹. helps me relate to others. I've shared this book many times with others and had good fewdcack⁴

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Perfect meditation audiobook

This is the best guided meditation I have listened to.
The content in the 8 meditations are easy to follow, it flows well and the narrators voice is just so calming . I highly reccomend this.

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This programme really helped me....

An excellent course, and one of the most useful and readily applyable I have ever come across! Do it, it will impact your life positively.

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Foster peace and acceptance in your life

Very practical and helpful guide to mindfulness. Clear and easy to understand. Useful mindfulness activities at the end. Most are short and doable for the beginner. Just a few minutes of regular practice can improve daily coping, reduce stress and have a positive effect on your overall wellbeing.

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Very helpful

A great way to relieve stress in your life and live more happily. Would recommend.

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it works

Never fails to help me sleep. Highly recommended, to all insomniacs. Give it a go.

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Learning about Mindfulness

Wonderful audio book about practicing Mindfulness. Only criticism is the Mindfulness exercises are not named so it’s not easy to just pick and choose. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to learn about and start practicing Mindfulness.

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Bookmarks have changed!

No longer able to access the mediations directly or access the material because the chapters are incoherent. Why did this change??

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Well structured and informative

I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in learning the basics of mediation and are trying to figure out if it can help in their lives, and to those interest in medicine, health or self improvement.

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  • sigrun
  • 02-07-2012

Putting it simple

A down-to-earth guide into mindfulness meditation. Clear, concise and easy to follow. Very well narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-2019

Doesn’t match the book.

Very frustratingly doesn’t audio doesn’t match book, it’s all over the place making it hard to follow alongside in the book! I like to read an listen but this was just a waste of time. Disappointed. Review has nothing to do with the content of the book which I am sure is very good.

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  • Tor
  • 04-12-2013

Bookmarking a must!

I really enjoyed the quiet, calm tones of the author and the the theory section which was put together well and actually quite interesting. I really got a lot out of doing the meditations and they are well narrated and sufficiently explained to allow the listener to get a lot out of them. My only real gripe with the book is it's formatting. It is really hard to go from the theory to the meditation without either spending ages putting in bookmarks (which don't seem to then sync across my devices and I have to do it again!) or just going to and from with the player controls in the vague hope you hit on the right one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-01-2013

Great book, but needs bookmarks

Really enjoyed this book, but going to emulate the point of the previous reviewer, it does not have bookmarks - specifically it is actually 2 books, 0-1h17 is the theory section that introduces the meditations, from 1h18 onwards are the meditations referred to in the text,

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  • matt
  • 08-04-2013

mindfulness

Everyday I travel 70 miles back and forth to work passing the same scenery, cars, faces along with the burdens of thinking a whirlwind of present and catastrophic thoughts. This audio book has made a vast difference in enabling myself to slow down and realise how to break through from my self tangled visitations and become more at peace. Now enjoy my travels to work thanks to this great audio book.

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  • Rachel
  • 11-07-2013

So Fantastic, I want to open a meditation centre

What made the experience of listening to Mindfulness the most enjoyable?

The voice of Mark Williams was perfect for this subject and the content had me hooked from the first sentence. The fact that all the exercises/meditations are then easily broken into chapters make it so easy to follow and start a life to greater mindfulness.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mindfulness?

Doing the raisin test, absolutely amazing! I've got all my friends to do it.

What does Mark Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The warmth and tone of his voice is perfect and really helps with the meditation exercises.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me cry.

Any additional comments?

Mindfulness is such a powerful tool it's something we should all be taught at an early age. Cultures that we see as more primitive than our Western culture have been using these techniques every day and for years, we should follow their lead and be more mindful every day for our own health & well being and for the good of the greater communities as well.

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  • Petrina
  • 04-02-2012

VERY EASY ON THE EAR

I really enjoyed listening to Mark Williams's narration. I found his tone absolutely perfect conveying sympathy and understanding for those who find meditation difficult because they can't concentrate!.
I listened to the whole book before going back to do the exercises and have to agree with the other reviewer in that the format is a little frustrating but that is a minor point for me. I am looking forward to being able to be "live in the moment"

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  • J.
  • 08-07-2014

Hands up who needs to be soothed? ....thought so!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

From the calming voice of Mark Williams to the carefully planned sections with a beautiful Tibetan prayer bell to differentiate the beginning and end...this is blissful.

What other book might you compare Mindfulness to, and why?

Simply nothing compares...especially for ease of use.

Which character – as performed by Mark Williams – was your favourite?

Mark's voice is both healing and informative in a calm manner.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Meaningful necessity in these stressful times...whats not to like?

Any additional comments?

Pleasure for the soul.

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  • Mark Pargeter
  • 08-04-2013

Just what the Doctor ordered

I found this book very helpful and well written . Having just completed a Mindfulness course , this book cemented my previous training . Whether you are new to mindfulness or have some experience this book will help. Mark Williams voice is a pleasure to listen to during the meditation exercises. The exercises have helped me to stay focused and in the moment which helps create an inner peace in a stressful world .Highly recommend this book if you want to learn Mindfulness meditation .

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  • MAEVE
  • 01-12-2013

Even the voice is relaxing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If exploring the concept of mindfulness is your aim then this is an excellent pick.
A perfect companion to the commute.

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  • Hannah
  • 14-04-2013

peace of mind available here!!

an excellent practical resource for anyone suffering from a busy mind right through to anxiety based thinking, It came with a good reccomendation from a therapeutic professional. Uses down to earth real life scenarios to explain ideas. But is also not shy of describing a more philosophical basis for cultivating mindfulness in our daiIy lives, (using eastern thought), and how it releases us from suffering. Enjoy! I really did. Lots of information. It's very comprehensive. Does not include timed exercises which I thought it would. But it does talk through and explain exactly what to do. You may also like The Compassionate mind by Paul Gilbert.

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  • Kathy
  • 15-10-2011

hard to go with the flow

I learned a lot from this book, and enjoyed Mark William's relaxed and kindly-sounding voice. However I do not think the audio format very appropriate as it precludes alternating between the first section (theory) to the second section (practical meditation techniques) as the author presumably intended. In the end I had to spend some time writing down "bookmarks" for the recommended exercises. I got the book on subscription but if I'd paid separately, I would have been annoyed - meditation calming techniques notwithstanding!

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