Mindful Recovery: A Spiritual Path to Healing from Addiction (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2002 - Self-Help - 256 pages
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"This wise book provides practical exercises that will help us to develop conscious awareness and inner understanding, and the ways and means to free us from unsatisfying habits, addictions, and unconscious behavior patterns. I recommend it highly."
--Lama Surya Das, author of the bestselling Awakening the Buddha Within

"Anyone interested in finding a kind, spiritual guide to recovery that focuses on flexibility rather than the 'one true way' will benefit from this enjoyable and helpful book."
--Maia Szalavitz, coauthor with Joseph Volpicelli, M.D., of Recovery Options: The Complete Guide

In Mindful Recovery, you'll discover a fresh and effective method for healing from addiction that can help you handle important challenges, from managing anxiety and resisting cravings to dealing with emotional and physical imbalance.

Drawing on both ancient spiritual wisdom and the authors' extensive clinical psychological work with their patients over many years, Mindful Recovery shows you how to use the simple Buddhist practice of mindfulness to be aware of-- and enjoy-- life in the present moment without the need to enhance or avoid experience with addictive behaviors. Mindful Recovery guides you step by step through ten powerful "doorways" to mindful recovery, giving you specific strategies that can help you cultivate a sense of calm awareness and balance in your life.

Filled with personal stories of recovery, practical exercises, instructions for meditation, and more, Mindful Recovery accompanies you on a journey of exploration and healing that will help you find the strength and the tools to change, leading you to a fresh new experience of everyday living.
  

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There are more than one way to recover and get your life back. I didn't know that when I first started and many things I allowed to get in my way. My eyes opened up when I read this book of the ... Read full review

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Of the three Mindfulness & Recovery books I've read, this one was the best. I liked it. Read full review

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Contents

Getting to Here and Now
3
The Process of Change
10
Seeing the Magic of the Ordinary
27
Be Aware of Your Breathing
31
Reclaim the Magic
37
Establish Moments of Mindfulness
38
Stop Making Hope an Obstacle
40
Recognize Enough
41
Recreation and Nature
114
See Yourself and the World as Not Two
117
Use Television Mindfully
119
Shop for True Necessities
125
Loving
131
See It from Their Perspective
133
See Each Other at Meals
141
Listen Deeply
145

Telling Life Stories
45
Write Your Own Obituary
49
Claim Your Freedom
57
Weigh the Pros and Cons of SinRedemption
58
Contact the Hero Within
61
Journaling
64
Learn to Write without Censoring
68
See Mistakes as Part of Living
80
Identify the Chapters of Your Life
86
Write Your Own Unique Life Line
87
Meditating
89
Establish a Meditation Practice
93
Experience the Breath as Happening of Itself
99
Learn Not to Struggle
108
Enjoy Mindful Touching
147
Dreaming
155
Working
173
Meditate on Work as Blessing and Curse
178
Find Alternative Ways to Restore Yourself after Work
181
Transform Your Thinking
186
Transforming Negative Emotions
196
The Five Remembrances
207
The Four Noble Truths
210
Living Moment by Moment
215
Imagine Nothing
219
Recommended Reading
227
Index
231
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THOMAS BIEN, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and public speaker with experience running workshops, lectures, and seminars on addiction and spirituality. BEVERLY BIEN, M.Ed., is the executive director of La Vida Felicidad, an agency that provides services to people with disabilities; she co-leads the workshops, lectures, and seminars on addiction and spirituality with Thomas Bien. She holds a master's degree in counseling psychology. Visit the authors' Web site at mindfulpsychology.com.

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