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The Mindful Way Through Depression

Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness
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If you've ever struggled with depression or know someone who has, take heart: Mindfulness practice is a simple, powerful way to naturally break depression's self-perpetuating cycle. With The Mindful Way Through Depression, four leading researchers present insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy about how to triumph over this illness - and, more importantly, how to prevent it from striking again. Join these uniquely qualified experts to discover the power of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

©2008 Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn (P)2008 Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn

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really helpful

the book is excellent - both content and narration. however i felt that the meditations were sometimes too wordy which was distracting - too much explanation and not enough quiet time to try what was being suggested. the chapters in the audio version do not correlate to what is being described, so it was hard to find the meditations initially - they should be clearly marked.
but overall i found this really useful and even though i haven't done the full recommended program (which is very time consuming) i have still noticed a difference in my thinking and reactivity from the few meditations I've done.

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excellent

will hold onto this audio because it has given me hope for overcoming chronic depression

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Highly recommended.

This is a fantastic book. I have read books on mindfulness and depression in the past but hearing it narrated by the authors made the concepts and exercises sink in on a much deeper level. These guys are very knowledgeable about the topic and seem to practice what they preach. Highly recommend.

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Highly recommended

Wonderful advice, wonderfully given. Both of the two speakers sound and feel like wise friends who know what they are talking about from own experience! Listening several times, especially to the later parts has helped me to absorb the timeless wisdom and start to live it!
A technical note: At first the references by Mark to “tracks” on which certain guided sessions with Jon were to be found, are confusing, as these don’t match the chapters on audible (they likely refer to the original CD version), but after a few tries it became easy enough to figure out (and remember) which audible “chapters” were which “tracks”.
Well worth the time and effort. - Take care!

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  • Colin O'Sullivan
  • 25-02-2016

Thankful to have found this audible

The authors are sharing their years of experience in a ways that are helpful, digestible, and useful. I have listened to segments of this audiobook everyday for nearly three weeks, as is suggested by the authors, and I plan to continue to listen for at least another three weeks. This book has brought about so much good that I am thankful to have stumbled upon it. If you are interested in this topic and/or suffer from depression I believe you should take a chance and get it. I'm glad I did.

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  • Rachel L.
  • 21-06-2016

Great Content - Meditations are at the End

Would you listen to The Mindful Way Through Depression again? Why?

I really enjoyed this book and found the content very helpful.

MEDITATIONS ARE THE LAST FEW CHAPTERS

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not necessarily but I almost did.

Any additional comments?

The meditations that other commentators complain are not included are actually the last 6 or so chapters of the audio book. Those who complain about the lack of meditations either purchased a different version or didn't bother to listen to the whole book.

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  • Ronnie
  • 01-03-2018

I've struggled with anxiety, depression and ADHD..

Where does The Mindful Way Through Depression rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The absolute best purchase I've made.

What did you like best about this story?

The practical tools that you can apply immediately to live a happier life.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

nope

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

This book has changed my life already. Road rage no more, I can focus while spending time with my family. I smile more, which I hardly ever did and if I did it was usually a fake smile to avoid the questions of "are you ok?" "is something wrong." The narrators stories were so easy to relate to and his insight from the stories makes you just open up and be hopeful for getting well.

Any additional comments?

Buy it, you will thank yourself for it.

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  • christopher caster
  • 15-01-2016

it works

Williams and Zinn both have lovely voices, so listening was very pleasant. I was already familiar with meditation, so I took to it easily. I would recommend this program to anyone. all you need is some patience and a few minutes a day. The print version has a CD so the tracks are referred to by number that doesn't correspond to the chapter numbers. you can figure it out pretty easy but it is something to figure out.

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  • Cicmic
  • 16-02-2016

great book!

this book is a very good resource for learning how to get out of depression mindfully. i highly reccommend it to anyone trying to learn the practice of surrenderring into the moment. the best i have listened to/read on the subject. very practical and truly gets into the details of "how to" not just the comcepts. probably a book one would listen to multiple times even just for the meditations.

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  • KEITH
  • 16-07-2016

This book is a life changer

Where does The Mindful Way Through Depression rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the books that has changed my life. It teaches the listener some very powerful skills to take control of one's current state. To help us realize that stress, anxiety, and depression are often allowing thoughts of past mistakes or future concerns to control the current, and thus rob us of the joy of living right now.

What other book might you compare The Mindful Way Through Depression to and why?

As this is a self help book, the closest books may be teaching company lectures.

What did you learn from The Mindful Way Through Depression that you would use in your daily life?

I learned that the mindfulness exercises are true exercises. I learn from doing them. Like exercises, it takes time to become good at them

Any additional comments?

If the listener struggles with being controlled by their emotions, this may be a great solution. It certainly helped me.

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  • J. Schaefer
  • 14-11-2018

Essential to overcoming depression/low moods

As a mental health professional, I have found this book very effective both in my personal journey in recognizing and overcome thought patterns that lead to low moods and in my work in guiding individuals with diagnosed depressive and even anxiety disorders. This book does not read like a professional textbook. The authors use accessible and engaging language combined with relevant stories along with a concrete prescription for a program to help lead a more content life. The underlying philosophy of mindfulness is described in a secular and universal way that does not conflict with any belief system and only enough to give power to the specific meditative practices. #depression #transformation #mindfulness #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Stacey Davis
  • 21-10-2017

Amazing! I recommend to everyone I know.

I love this book for several reasons. It explains why we have reoccurring depression, in easy to understand language and with scientific back-up. This book explains it in a way that can help others, who do not battle depression, so that they can understand. Even if you don't believe in mediation, the book is worth it just for the explanation.
The mediation exercises are amazing though and I highly recommend them too. This is not a miracle cure....it takes hard work and daily dedication. I've listened to it many times and have even now purchased the workbook.
I have been diagnosed with mayor depressive disorder and have battled major depression, off and on, for 25 years.

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  • pinkgreenambergold
  • 07-04-2019

A most valuable book

Straighhtforward, scientific, this book is written with a kind yet respectful tone. It is read in a soft and engaging voice. This book will stay at the top of my list of best books, be re-read with gratitude!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-12-2018

Best book on overcoming depression Ive ever read

The most helpful book I have ever read on depression, and I have read a TON of them in decades of attempts to find freedom. Follow the 8 week program at the end, and you WILL find freedom as I have, not only for ending a current bout of depression, but for learning the tools to prevent future recurrence and live an overall happier life than ever before. So glad I found this book and kept at it through the difficulties of keeping at it for the full 8wks! Really helped to have the book in audiobook format so I could relisten to it during commute and wait times to refresh my memory on the ideas behind the exercises along the way!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-2018

excellent

I really like this author, and I have another audiobook by him and a book, and planning to read more books by him. However, whilst I totally loved his other audiobook, this one gets from me a slight lesser rating because I detest Zinn's voice. Williams should have done the meditation sections too, as he's much closer to a pro speaker....I am really fussy about hearing speech, I don't want to hear and tongues slapping and mucus build up in the throat :)

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  • Miles Alexander
  • 05-03-2017

Well worth the time and money!

This audio book has been incredibly helpful in facing depression. MBCT is science based and proven. Take the actual 8 week course if you can alongside listening to and reading the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-2018

Depressing

I returned it. It actually made me feel worse (more depressed). Also, the audio quality is very poor, which is typical of Sounds True. And Jon Kabat Zinn should not narrate his own books. He is a terrible speaker.

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  • Mumtogirlies
  • 15-02-2018

Extremely Helpful

I have struggled with depression for a very long time. The practices given in this book have brought healing and a sense of wellbeing.

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  • Anne Quinn
  • 16-09-2017

lifesaver

This is more than a book, its a very effective Mindfulness training programme that trains and supports your technique over time. I have practised meditation techniques for over fifteen years, attended workshops and read extensively on the subject, I have learnt that anxiety will always catch up with me, but I believe this programme can empower through regular practice and the meditations included are all you need to reconnect to awareness.

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  • lyn15
  • 13-04-2019

Waste of time

An absolute load of rubbish and a waste of time and would like a refund

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-2017

Makes your more depressed

I hate to give a bad review but I want a refund as it did not help or inform me.... this book just talks about negativity and depression making you feel even more depressed.

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