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Old 02-09-12, 08:23 AM   #1
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Hi all. My therapist has recommended I try an 8 week mindfulness course outlined in a book by Mark Williams and Danny Penman.

I was just interested to know if anyone has any experience of mindfulness as a treatment for depression. My therapist thinks its fine but when I read this particular book (as is the case with many self help books) its all "June was stressed out at work, she had too many e mails to read" and stuff like that not "Harry had been suffering from poor mental health his entire adult life and when times were really bad he could barely move from his bed"

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Hi all. My therapist has recommended I try an 8 week mindfulness course outlined in a book by Mark Williams and Danny Penman.

I was just interested to know if anyone has any experience of mindfulness as a treatment for depression. My therapist thinks its fine but when I read this particular book (as is the case with many self help books) its all "June was stressed out at work, she had too many e mails to read" and stuff like that not "Harry had been suffering from poor mental health his entire adult life and when times were really bad he could barely move from his bed"

Know what I mean?

The Alchemist" Paolo Coehlo

"Tuesdays with Morrie" Mitch Albom

"Five people you meet in heaven" Mitch Albom

"The Prophet" Kahil Gibran

Not "self help" books as such Harry, but books of great wisdom and learning.
ALL your answers are there my friend, but only if you choose to ask the right questions............. and trust me..............some of those questions bloody hurt.

Edit.... actually Mr Coelho has written so many fantastic journeys...google and choose, but for me, The Alchemist will always be his finest moment.

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I haven't read much of what mindfulness is, is it just being aware of your surroundings and what is going on it and acknowledging it with a calm mind or something? should probably google it forgive my rambling
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This article is about mindfulness in Buddhism. For information on the use of mindfulness in Western psychology, see Mindfulness (psychology). For other uses, see Mindfulness (disambiguation).
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Mindfulness (Pali: sati, Sanskrit: smṛti / स्मृति) in Buddhist meditation.; also translated as awareness) is a spiritual faculty (indriya) that is considered to be of great importance in the path to enlightenment according to the teaching of the Buddha. It is one of the seven factors of enlightenment. "Correct" or "right" mindfulness (Pali: sammā-sati, Sanskrit samyak-smṛti) is the seventh element of the noble eightfold path. Mindfulness meditation can be traced back to the Upanishads, part of Hindu scriptures and a treatise on the Vedas. [1]
Enlightenment (bodhi) is a state of being in which greed, hatred and delusion (Pali: moha) have been overcome, abandoned and are absent from the mind. Mindfulness, which, among other things, is an attentive awareness of the reality of things (especially of the present moment) is an antidote to delusion and is considered as such a 'power' (Pali: bala). This faculty becomes a power in particular when it is coupled with clear comprehension of whatever is taking place.
The Buddha advocated that one should establish mindfulness (satipatthana) in one's day-to-day life maintaining as much as possible a calm awareness of one's bodily functions, sensations (feelings), objects of consciousness (thoughts and perceptions), and consciousness itself. The practice of mindfulness supports analysis resulting in the arising of wisdom (Pali: paā, Sanskrit: prajā).[2] A key innovative teaching of the Buddha was that meditative stabilisation must be combined with liberating discernment.[3]
The Satipatthana Sutta (Sanskrit: Smṛtyupasthāna Sūtra) is an early text dealing with mindfulness.
Mindfulness practice, inherited from the Buddhist tradition, is increasingly being employed in Western psychology to alleviate a variety of mental and physical conditions, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and in the prevention of relapse in depression and drug addiction.[4] See also Mindfulness (psychology).
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I have not ever done a course in mindfulness, but the idea is good and the incorporation of mindfulness into life is in my experience very helpful. If you try and it helps, then you can go forward and perhaps see it helping even more. If you try and it does not help, then nothing is lost. Without trying, nothing will change. Fear of change is what seems to hold some people down, even though I suspect change in itself is not the real fear. Give it a try, Harry! The journey to feeling better may take time and may be slow, but if you try you will get there.
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