Stress is endemic in our culture. We live in a restless world, and there often seems little time to really appreciate our lives. Rather than constantly trying to keep up, perhaps it's time for us to slow down, pay attention, and notice what we need for our well-being.
For thousands of years, Eastern traditions have taught meditation to help people lead healthier, happier lives. Now, scientific research is confirming that mindfulness can help us cultivate our mental and physical well-being. Written by Dr. Jonty Heaversedge and Ed Halliwell, this revised and updated edition of The Mindful Manifesto integrates the very latest scientific and medical research on mindfulness with meditation's historical context. We will see how mindfulness can help us:
- work with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety
- cope with the busyness of everyday life
- bring our bodies into balance and manage chronic illness
- let go of addictions and relate more skillfully at home and at work
And why stop there? With examples of how the mindfulness movement is already well underway, we will see how encouraging governments and other powerful institutions to take a mindful approach could make a real difference to health and happiness in our society.
Dr Jonty Heaversedge
Dr Jonty Heaversedge, presenter of BBC1's prime-time TV show Street Doctor, works as a GP in an inner-city practice in south London. He holds a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Mental Health Studies, both from the University of London.
Ed Halliwell is a writer and consultant, specialising in mindfulness and wellbeing. He is the author of the Mental Health Foundation's Mindfulness Report, a regular contributor to the Guardian and an authorised meditation instructor.
The Mindful Manifesto helps us to "be" more and to "do" less. It's old wisdom backed by modern science, beautifully described.
- Professor Lord Layard
This book is really important. Mindfulness is the way forward for dealing with depression and anxiety, and for general well-being.
- Ruby Wax
Wise, sensible and helpful for all forms of emotional disorders from depression to anxiety and addiction. This book on mindfulness is a great step to finding peace of mind.
- Sally Brampton, author of Shoot the Damn Dog
Absolutely my favourite book of 2010, in which GP Dr Jonty Heaversedge and writer/meditation teacher Ed Halliwell explain how to access peace of mind by using simple techniques connecting mind, brain and body. And how not to beat yourself up for having negative, damaging thoughts (we all do). Lovely and essential reading.
- You Magazine, Mail On Sunday
A lucid and highly practical guide to how the Buddhist techniques of mindfulness can be of enormous benefit to our health, relationships and peace of mind.
- Mick Brown
- The Guardian
It is wonderful that Jonty Heaversedge and Ed Halliwell have written this book to give freely of their own experience, and to share the tremendous possibilities that come with training the mind and body to do less and to notice more. Their manifesto, like all manifestos, is both a statement of the potential that lies in all of us and a call to action to realise that potential. In the case of mindfulness, this call to action is to live life, moment by moment, as if it really mattered.
- Mark Williams, author of The Mindful Way through Depression
The Mindful Manifesto is a wonderful overview of mindfulness meditation - comprehensive, honest, and compassionate. This book helps make mindfulness accessible to all.
- Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
This thoughtful guide explains both why we should be more mindful and - so important - how to do it. Written in a warm-hearted and peaceful voice, this book is clear, direct, down-to-earth, and profound.
- Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Buddha's Brain