Learn to live a life that's good--for yourself and for the world.
Like a wise friend or kind teacher, Deborah Schoeberlein David--educator, meditator, and mother--walks you through a complete, easy-to-follow curriculum of mindfulness practice.
Beginning with the very basics of noticing your breath, David shows how simple mindfulness practices can be utterly transforming. Each practice builds on the previous exercise like a stepping stone, until you have the tools to bring mindfulness into every aspect of your life including sex, parenting, relationships, job stresses, and more.
This is an approachable guide for anyone who desires positive change.
Meditation is a form of mental exercise with numerous scientifically verified physical and psychological benefits. As meditation teacher Rick Heller shows, meditation's benefits extend beyond the personal to enrich relationships with others, with one's community, and with the world. In Secular Meditation, step-by-step instructions, personal stories, and provocative questions teach empathy for others, stress reduction, and the kind of in-the-moment living that fosters appreciation for life and resilience in the face of adversity. Heller simplifies what is often found mysterious, describing and providing detailed instructions for 32 different practices, ensuring that anyone can find the right one.
Heller simplifies what is often found mysterious -- "If you have ever loved or even liked another person, you have the prerequisites for learning kindness meditation" -- and invites all to partake in "awe and wonder at the rich experience of being alive."
A practical, fully illustrated guide to planning and enjoying retirement, grounded in psychological research.
Retirement can bring immense fulfillment but also can be a source of stress, especially today. Retirement: The Psychology of Reinvention uses psychological research and a unique visual style of infographics and illustrations to provide readers with a retirement roadmap just right for them.
Fully illustrated, with constructive advice for all retirees — whatever the age and circumstances — and inspirational guidance from a wealth of sources, Retirement: The Psychology of Reinvention answers all the questions readers are likely to ask at any stage of retirement.
Small changes work. In this practical book, wellness expert Brett Blumenthal reveals how to hone in on the mind as the foundation of overall health and well-being. She presents one small, achievable change every week—from developing music appreciation to eating brain-boosting foods, practicing mono-tasking, incorporating play, and more. The accumulation of these lifestyle changes ultimately leads to improved memory, less stress, increased productivity, and sustained happiness. Backed by research from leading experts and full of helpful charts and worksheets, 52 Small Changes for the Mind provides a road map to a better life—and proves that the journey can be as rewarding as the destination.
A controversial and ground-breaking new popular science title which looks at how "mental illness" needs to be completely redefined
This controversial new book describes how human behavior—thoughts, emotions, actions, and mental health—can be largely explained if we understand how people make sense of their world and how that framework of understanding has been learned. This groundbreaking book presents a simple but radical new model of mental well-being. Published following the publication of the new edition of the controversial Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the book challenges notions such as "mental illness" and "abnormal psychology" as old-fashioned, demeaning, and invalid, and argues that diagnoses such as "depression" and "schizophrenia" are unhelpful. Kinderman argues that one consequence of our current obsession with a medical approach to human well-being and distress is that human problems are too often merely diagnosed and treated, rather than understood. Witten by an expert in his field, and accessible to all those interested in and affected by mental health issues, this book will change the way we define mental illness forever.