Mindfulness for Creativity

Adapt, create and thrive in a frantic world

Author: Danny Penman

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 034940822X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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Work deadlines, to-do lists, family commitments, pressure to perform... Our frantic lives demand so much from us that we can often feel locked into a cycle of frustration, anxiety and stress, unable to tackle the tasks before us or see a way out of our habitual ways of thinking and doing things. Yet there is a way out. The simple mindfulness techniques at the heart of this book have been proven to enhance creativity, problem solving and decision making. They also dissolve anxiety, stress and depression while enhancing mental resilience. The four week programme takes just 10-20 minutes per day. The easy-to-follow programme works by soothing and clearing your mind, allowing innovative ideas to take form and crystallise. This helps you to spontaneously 'see' the solution to a problem, to conjure up new ideas, or to create works with true insight and flair. The programme also helps build the courage necessary for you to follow your ideas wherever they should lead - and the resilience to cope with any setbacks. It will help your mind work more effectively so that you can solve problems faster, more intuitively and have the inner confidence to drive your ideas forward. This ebook contains download links to 6 meditations that you can use to build an ongoing practice, mixing and matching meditations to suit your circumstances.
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Mindfulness for Creativity

Adapt, Create and Thrive in a Frantic World

Author: Dr. Danny Penman

Publisher: Piatkus Books

ISBN: 9780349408217

Category:

Page: 288

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The original Mindfulness was written for those struggling to cope with the frantic pace of modern life. Mindfulness for Creativity is written for those who want to optimise their work, life and overall wellbeing. The simple mindfulness techniques at the heart of the book have been proven to enhance creativity, problem solving and decision making. They also dissolve anxiety, stress and depression while enhancing mental resilience and overall wellbeing. The four week programme takes just 10-20 minutes per day. The easy-to-follow programme works by clearing your mind and allowing innovative ideas to take form and crystallise. This helps you to spontaneously 'see' the solution to a problem, to conjure up new ideas, or to create works of art and design with true insight and flair. The programme also helps build the courage necessary for you to follow your ideas wherever they should lead - and the resilience to cope with the inevitable knockbacks. This book will help your mind work more effectively so that you can solve problems faster, more intuitively and have the inner confidence to drive your ideas forward. The accompanying CD contains 6 meditations that you can use to build an ongoing practice, mixing and matching meditations to suit your circumstances.
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Mindfulness

An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World

Author: Mark Williams,Danny Penman

Publisher: Rodale Books

ISBN: 1609611993

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

View: 9427

The Life-Changing International Bestseller Mindfulness 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. It promotes the kind of happiness and peace that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage. The book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and is widely recommended by US physicians and the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence—in other words, it works. More importantly it also works for people who are not depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world. MBCT was developed by the book's author, Oxford professor Mark Williams, and his colleagues at the Universities of Cambridge and Toronto. By investing just 10 to 20 minutes each day, you can learn the simple mindfulness meditations at the heart of MBCT and fully reap their benefits. The book includes links to audio meditations to help guide you through the process. You'll be surprised by how quickly these techniques will have you enjoying life again.
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The Art of Breathing

The Secret to Living Mindfully

Author: Danny Penman

Publisher: Conari Press

ISBN: 1633410897

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 128

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International bestselling author Dr. Danny Penman provides a concise guide to letting go, finding peace, and practicing mindfulness in a messy world, simply by taking the time to breathe. With these simple exercises he teaches you how to dissolve anxiety, stress, and unhappiness, enhance your mind, and unleash your creativity. You will start to smile more, worry less, and with each little moment of mindfulness, discover a happier, calmer you. It really is as easy as breathing. All you need is a chair, a body, some air, and your mind. That’s it!
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Mindfulness for Health

A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing

Author: Danny Penman,Vidyamala Burch,Mark Williams

Publisher: Piatkus Books

ISBN: 9780749959241

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 268

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WINNER OF BEST BOOK (POPULAR MEDICINE) AT THE BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION'S BOOK AWARDS 2014 Pain, suffering and stress can be intolerable - but it doesn't have to be this way. Mindfulness for Health reveals a series of simple practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to relieve chronic pain and the suffering and stress of illness. Clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as prescription painkillers and also enhances the body's natural healing systems. Mindfulness can also reduce the anxiety, depression, irritability, exhaustion and insomnia that can arise from chronic pain and illness. Mindfulness for Health is based on a unique meditation programme developed by Vidyamala Burch to help her cope with the severe pain of spinal injury. Taught at Breathworks in the UK - and its affiliates around the world - this programme has helped tens of thousands of people cope with pain, illness and stress. Breathworks' pioneering approach is praised by Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Professor Lance McCracken of King's College London. The eight-week programme at the heart of this book takes just 10-20 minutes per day. It is particularly effective for the biggest causes of pain - back problems, arthritis, migraine and diabetes but works equally well for cancer (and its associated chemotherapy), heart disease, fibromyalgia, celiac disease, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS, labour pain and even tinnitus. You will be surprised by how quickly your suffering melts away, leaving you able to live life to the full again.
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You Are Not Your Pain

Using Mindfulness to Relieve Pain, Reduce Stress, and Restore Well-Being---An Eight-Week Program

Author: Vidyamala Burch,Danny Penman

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN: 1250053811

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 256

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Developed by two authors, Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman who themselves have struggled with severe pain after sustaining serious injuries, You Are Not Your Pain reveals a simple eight-week program of mindfulness-based practices that will melt away your suffering. Accompanied by audio to guide you, the eight meditations in this book take just ten to twenty minutes per day and have been shown to be as effective as prescription painkillers to soothe some of the most common causes of pain. These mindfulness-based practices soothe the brain's pain networks, while also significantly reducing the anxiety, stress, exhaustion, irritability, and depression that often accompanies chronic pain and illness. Whether you experience back pain, arthritis, or migraines, are suffering from fibromyalgia, celiac disease, or undergoing chemotherapy, you will quickly learn to manage your pain and live life fully once again. Note: Audio meditations are embedded within the ebook. If your device cannot play the audio, you will be redirected to the same content online
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Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies

Theory and Practice

Author: Laury Rappaport

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857006886

Category: Psychology

Page: 352

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This ground-breaking book explores the theoretical, clinical and training application of integrating mindfulness with all of the arts therapies, and includes cutting-edge contributions from neuroscience. Written by pioneers and leaders in the arts therapies and psychology fields, the book includes 6 sections that examine mindfulness and the arts therapies from different perspectives: 1) the history and roots of mindfulness in relation to spirituality, psychotherapy and the arts therapies; 2) the role of the expressive arts in cultivating mindful awareness; 3) innovative approaches that add mindfulness to the arts therapies; 4) arts therapies approaches that are inherently mindfulness-based; 5) mindfulness in the training and education of arts therapists; and 6) the neuroscience underlying mindfulness and the arts therapies. Contributors describe their pioneering work with diverse applications: people with cancer, trauma, chronic pain, substance abuse, severe mental illness, clients in private practice, adolescents at camp, training dance and art therapists, and more. This rich resource will inspire and rejuvenate all clinicians and educators.
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Mindfulness & the Art of Drawing: A Creative Path to Awareness

Author: Wendy Ann Greenhalgh

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781782402831

Category:

Page: 144

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Wendy Ann Greenhalgh explores how drawing creates a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us, and is as natural to us as breathing. Through mindful creative exercises and personal anecdote, she reveals how artists can rediscover the playful pleasure of drawing, and doodlers can experience wellbeing through mark making. With fresh materials of perception, flow, and instinct, an insightful author shares how we can all experience the mindful joys of drawing.
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Stop Look Breathe Create

Author: Wendy Ann Greenhalgh

Publisher: Ilex Press

ISBN: 1781575029

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 208

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“/i>h3 is a simple four-step process for exploring mindfulness through creativity, and in turn, developing creativity through mindful practice. The book engages the reader with ten everyday subjects, from 'The Ground Beneath Our Feet' to 'Returning Home' and for each of these there are three projects: one drawn, one photographic, one written. All are based on the effective mindfulness techniques that Wendy Ann has developed in her successful workshops and courses, and the book is filled with simple techniques and ideas to help the reader enjoy their artistic endeavours while being in the moment. A timely introduction to the benefits of mindfulness through creativity, Stop Look Breathe Create offers an oasis of calm in a frantic world.
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Looking at Mindfulness

25 Ways to Live in the Moment Through Art

Author: Christophe Andre

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399575944

Category: Art

Page: 304

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"Looking at Mindfulness collects classic and esoteric paintings, from Rembrandt to Hopper to Magritte, and offers a lucid commentary on the inner workings of each. André describes the dynamic on the canvas, and turns to the viewer's own reactions, exploring the connection between what we see and what we feel. Moving beyond the art on the page, André teaches us what it means to consider our surroundings, our daily interactions and obligations, and their effect on our inner well-being. The paintings are a visual and tangible first step to understanding mindfulness and the benefits of living in the moment. In practicing mindfulness, within ourselves and out in the world, each of us can make immediate, meaningful, and permanent changes in our well-being and the well-being of others" -- Amazon.com.
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Humility Is the New Smart

Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age

Author: Edward D. Hess,Katherine Ludwig

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1626568766

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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Humility Is the New Smart Your job is at risk—if not now, then soon. We are on the leading edge of a Smart Machine Age led by artificial intelligence that will be as transformative for us as the Industrial Revolution was for our ancestors. Smart machines will take over millions of jobs in manufacturing, office work, the service sector, the professions, you name it. Not only can they know more data and analyze it faster than any mere human, say Edward Hess and Katherine Ludwig, but smart machines are free of the emotional, psychological, and cultural baggage that so often mars human thinking. So we can't beat 'em and we can't join 'em. To stay relevant, we have to play a different game. Hess and Ludwig offer us that game plan. We need to excel at critical, creative, and innovative thinking and at genuinely engaging with others—things machines can't do well. The key is to change our definition of what it means to be smart. Hess and Ludwig call it being NewSmart. In this extraordinarily timely book, they offer detailed guidance for developing NewSmart attitudes and four critical behaviors that will help us adapt to the new reality. The crucial mindset underlying NewSmart is humility—not self-effacement but an accurate self-appraisal: acknowledging you can't have all the answers, remaining open to new ideas, and committing yourself to lifelong learning. Drawing on extensive multidisciplinary research, Hess and Ludwig emphasize that the key to success in this new era is not to be more like the machines but to excel at the best of what makes us human.
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Happiness

25 Ways to Live Joyfully Through Art

Author: Christophe Andre

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473529638

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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From the bestselling author of Mindfulness: 25 Ways to Live in the Moment through Art, comes a new, beautifully illustrated guide to happiness. Drawing upon paintings as a means of inspiration and solace, André teaches us what it means to be happy and how to recognise joy in our lives. From the birth of happiness in youth, to the return of happiness after a period of pain and solitude, André takes us on a journey to uncover the pathway to leading a happy and fulfilled life.
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The Willpower Instinct

How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

Author: Kelly McGonigal

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101553731

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

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Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course "The Science of Willpower," The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters. For example, readers will learn: Willpower is a mind-body response, not a virtue. It is a biological function that can be improved through mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and sleep. Willpower is not an unlimited resource. Too much self-control can actually be bad for your health. Temptation and stress hijack the brain's systems of self-control, but the brain can be trained for greater willpower Guilt and shame over your setbacks lead to giving in again, but self-forgiveness and self-compassion boost self-control. Giving up control is sometimes the only way to gain self-control. Willpower failures are contagious—you can catch the desire to overspend or overeat from your friends­­—but you can also catch self-control from the right role models. In the groundbreaking tradition of Getting Things Done, The Willpower Instinct combines life-changing prescriptive advice and complementary exercises to help readers with goals ranging from losing weight to more patient parenting, less procrastination, better health, and greater productivity at work.
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Systems Education for a Sustainable Planet

Author: Ockie Bosch,Robert Y. Cavana

Publisher: MDPI

ISBN: 3038427896

Category: Social Science

Page: 246

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This book is a printed edition of the Special Issue "Systems Education for a Sustainable Planet" that was published in Systems
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Mindfulness in Motion

Unlock the Secrets of Mindfulness in Motion

Author: Tamara Russell

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 1780288867

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 144

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Discover a life of ease and joy through movement-based mindfulness Mindfulness in Motion presents the Body in Mind Training programme: a truly groundbreaking new approach to mindfulness that is practised not by sitting still but by engaging with the moving body. Written by neuroscientist and mindfulness expert Dr Tamara Russell, this is the only book on mindfulness to explain exactly why moving meditation is the best way of ‘rewiring’ the brain, teaching it to focus on the present moment. Her simple exercises are designed to be accessible to everyone, including those who can’t seem to find time for practice, and those who have struggled with traditional Zen-inspired mindfulness, with its emphasis on sitting meditation. This book will guide you step by step through Dr Tamara Russell’s Body in Mind Training (BMT) programme, a unique approach to secular mindfulness that uses the moving body as the main meditation tool. The message is simple: getting out of your head and into your body is the key to a happier, healthier life. Chapter by chapter the book explores the five principles of movement-based mindfulness: PAUSE In order to hear your body you have to slow down and listen to its voice – this is the starting point for BMT mindfulness practice. INTENTION Setting your intention before you act can dramatically increase your ability to achieve what you want in life. ATTENTION You can detect the mind-wandering habits that hold you back and use your attention to create more space for the things that really matter. UNDERSTANDING ME It’s possible to tame your unruly ‘mental monkeys’ and create new neural pathways in your brain to help you to realize your full potential. COMPASSION Facing and accepting your own difficult experiences can profoundly transform your relationship with life. With easy-to-follow exercises, step-by-step photographs, clear brain diagrams and a host of practical tips, this book offers all the tools you need to start living in your body. With a little focus, determination and practice, you too can experience the amazing benefits of mindfulness! From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Into the Magic Shop

A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart

Author: James R. Doty

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399183647

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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The author relates how a chance encounter in a magic shop with a woman who taught him exercises to ease his sufferings and manifest his greatest desires gave him a glimpse of the relationship between the brain and the heart, and drove him to explore the neuroscience of compassion and altruism.
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The Future of Work

Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization

Author: Jacob Morgan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118877292

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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Throughout the history of business employees had to adapt to managers and managers had to adapt to organizations. In the future this is reversed with managers and organizations adapting to employees. This means that in order to succeed and thrive organizations must rethink and challenge everything they know about work. The demographics of employees are changing and so are employee expectations, values, attitudes, and styles of working. Conventional management models must be replaced with leadership approaches adapted to the future employee. Organizations must also rethink their traditional structure, how they empower employees, and what they need to do to remain competitive in a rapidly changing world. This is a book about how employees of the future will work, how managers will lead, and what organizations of the future will look like. The Future of Work will help you: Stay ahead of the competition Create better leaders Tap into the freelancer economy Attract and retain top talent Rethink management Structure effective teams Embrace flexible work environments Adapt to the changing workforce Build the organization of the future And more The book features uncommon examples and easy to understand concepts which will challenge and inspire you to work differently.
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Savage Grace

Living Resiliently in the Dark Night of the Globe

Author: Andrew Harvey,Carolyn Baker

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 153203055X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 190

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In the boldest and most daring book either author has ever written, Andrew Harvey and Carolyn Baker confront us with the life and death reality of the global crisis and the fact that four crucial strategies must be employed not only to survive the dark night, but to inhabit our bodies and our lives with passionate authenticity, honesty, vigilance, community, compassion, and service. These strategies are Reconnection, Resistance, Resilience, and Regeneration. Deep and unprecedented reconnection with self, others, and Earth must be our mission, regardless of the outcome. Distinguishing between problems which have solutions and predicaments which can only be responded to, Harvey and Baker articulate precisely how we have arrived at this unprecedented juncture and offer strategies of resistance against the fundamental enemies of humanity and the Earth. Such a response demands of us something far deeper than what conventional religions and visions of activism call for--nothing less than living and acting from the Sacred Self, both without illusion and totally committed to compassion and justice even, if necessary, in hopeless situations. With Trump, its as if the Titanic has hit the iceberg. We are the passengers. The only question before us, and before the whole world, is how we stop the ripping of our hull. The original Titanic sunk due to human arrogance. There is still time for us to save ourselves with the power of humility, resistance and renewal. This book offers a compelling and profound pathway for human survival after hitting the iceberg. Jim Garrison, Founder and President of Ubiquity University. A powerful manual for a spiritual revolution! Read it, pray it, reflect on it, and then start acting on it...because the future of the world depends on it. Adam Bucko, co-author of Occupy Spirituality and The New Monasticism
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Mindfulness for Life

Author: Stephen McKenzie,Craig Hassed

Publisher: Exisle Publishing

ISBN: 1921966033

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 304

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Mindfulness is a form of mental training that has been widely practised for millennia, however it's only recently that science and clinical practice have discovered the profound potential of mindfulness-based practices for increasing our wellbeing. Our tendency to not be fully present in life has vast implications. Being unmindful means wasting our lifetime, missing important information, increasing our risk of physical and social accidents and communicating more superficially with other people. Importantly, it makes us unhappier than we realize and vulnerable to stress and poor mental health. By focusing on what is rather than be distracted by what isn't mindfulness can make us much calmer, happier and healthier beings. Mindfulness for Life is the only book you will ever need on mindfulness. It shows you how to apply mindfulness techniques to your own life whether you need help with medical conditions, personal development or spiritual development. Chapters are included on: stress and ageing, anxiety, depression, addiction, attention deficit orders, pain, weight management, eating disorders, heart disease and stroke, cancer, dementia and sleep; lifestyle, education, workplace, parenting and sporting enhancement; and self actualization, happiness and enlightenment development. Mindfulness for Life is written by two experts in the field who bring the medical perspective of an international authority on mindfulness and the psychological perspective of a researcher. The result is a book that translates the scientific principles behind mindfulness into a simple, practical and accessible manual to applying mindfulness - for life.
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