Real Love

The Art of Mindful Connection

Author: Sharon Salzberg

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN: 1250076528

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

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You are a person worthy of love. You don’t have to do anything to deserve all the love in the world. Real Love is a creative tool kit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that help you to truly engage with your present experience and create deeper love relationships with yourself, your partner, friends and family, and with life itself. Sharon Salzberg, a leading expert in Lovingkindness meditation, encourages us to strip away layers of negative habits and obstacles, helping us to experience authentic love based on direct experience, rather than preconceptions. Across three sections, Sharon explains how to dispel cultural and emotional habits, and direct focused care and attention to recapture the essence of what it is to love and be loved. With positive reflections and practices, Sharon teaches us how to shift the responsibilities of the love that we give and receive to rekindle the powerful healing force of true connection. By challenging myths perpetuated by popular culture, we can undo the limited definitions that reduce love to simply romance or passion, and give the heart a much needed tune-up to connect ourselves to the truest experience of love in our daily lives.

Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program

A Guide for Professionals

Author: Christopher Germer,Kristin Neff

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1462538894

Category: Psychology

Page: 452

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This is the authoritative guide to conducting the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, which provides powerful tools for coping with life challenges and enhancing emotional well-being. MSC codevelopers Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff review relevant theory and research and describe the program's unique pedagogy. Readers are taken step by step through facilitating each of the eight sessions and the accompanying full-day retreat. Detailed vignettes illustrate not only how to teach the course's didactic and experiential content, but also how to engage with participants, manage group processes, and overcome common obstacles. The final section of the book describes how to integrate self-compassion into psychotherapy. Purchasers get access to a companion website with downloadable audio recordings of the guided meditations. Note: This book is not intended to replace formal training for teaching the MSC program. See also two related resources for MSC participants and general readers, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, and The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer.

The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom: Building Resilience with Compassionate Teaching

Author: Patricia A. Jennings

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393711870

Category: Education

Page: 208

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From the author of Mindfulness for Teachers, a guide to supporting trauma-exposed students. Fully half the students in U.S. schools have experienced trauma, violence, or chronic stress. In the face of this epidemic, it falls increasingly to teachers to provide the adult support these students need to function in school. But most educators have received little training to prepare them for this role. In her new book, Tish Jennings—an internationally recognized leader in the field of social and emotional learning—shares research and experiential knowledge about the practices that support students' healing, build their resilience, and foster compassion in the classroom. In Part I, Jennings describes the effects of trauma on body and mind, and how to recognize them in students' behavior. In Part II, she introduces the trauma-sensitive practices she has implemented in her work with schools. And in Part III, she connects the dots between mindfulness, compassion, and resilience. Each chapter contains easy-to-use, practical activities to hone the skills needed to create a compassionate learning environment.

Mindfulness for All

The Wisdom to Transform the World

Author: Jon Kabat-Zinn

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349421145

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 192

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More than twenty years ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn changed the way we thought about awareness in everyday life with his now-classic introduction to mindfulness, Wherever You Go, There You Are. He followed that up with 2005's Coming to Our Senses, the definitive book for our time on the connection between mindfulness and our well-being on every level, physical, cognitive, emotional, social, planetary, and spiritual. Now, Coming to Our Senses is being repackaged into 4 smaller books, each focusing on a different aspect of mindfulness, and each with a new foreword written by the author. In the fourth of these books, Mindfulness for All (which was originally published as Part VII and Part VIII of Coming to Our Senses), Kabat-Zinn focuses on how mindfulness really can be a tool to transform the world--explaining how democracy thrives in a mindful context, and why mindfulness is a vital tool for both personal and global understanding and action in these tumultuous times. By "coming to our senses"--both literally and metaphorically--we can become more compassionate, more embodied, more aware human beings, and in the process, contribute to the healing of the body politic as well as our own lives in ways both little and big.

The Art of Professional Connections

Event Strategies for Successful Business Entertaining

Author: Gloria Petersen

Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc.

ISBN: 1604948558

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 458

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The fourth book in The Art of Professional Connections series, Event Strategies for Successful Business Entertaining addresses the basics of organizing business events-everything from cultural events and sporting activities to educational conferences and trade shows. You will learn what you need to know about staging, hosting, and participating in events. It will guide you step by step from the initial planning stages to the last and most important step afterward: the debriefing. It will make you comfortable being the host or being a guest, being a participant or merely a spectator. Most importantly, this book and all the books in The Art of Professional Connections series are about being prepared, about creating the right conditions and the best atmosphere for solidifying relationships with clients, customers, prospects, and employees.

The Art of Being

101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life

Author: Dennis Merritt Jones

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440635757

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

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The Art of Being: 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life helps readers become inspired and stay inspired, with motivational and uplifting writings that can be read daily, supported by "Mindfulness Practices," or action steps to make it simple. Ultimately, the understanding at which the reader will arrive is that spirituality, the "art of being," is actually a lifestyle, a way of walking our sacred earth every day. The Art of Being is a user-friendly manual to guide you to become acutely aware of how to live more mindfully on a day-by-day, hour-by-hour, moment-by-moment basis and thus create more peace and happiness in your life-and in the lives of those around you.

Consumed: Rethinking Business in the Era of Mindful Spending

Author: Andrew Benett,Ann O'Reilly

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9780230110526

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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As the effects of the global recession linger, consumers everywhere are changing their purchasing patterns, paying greater attention to what and why they are buying, and from whom. While many feel rampant spending is hard-wired into the modern psyche and that we will be back to our wasteful ways soon enough, there are clear indications of a permanent shift in the way we shop. Even before the economic downturn, consumers' definitions of value had begun to change. People were becoming more mindful about their purchases and more attuned to the social and environmental implications of their choices. To better understand this important evolution and its ramifications for business, Andrew Benett and Anne O'Reilly launched a groundbreaking study on the New Consumer and the escalating dissatisfaction over hyperconsumerism. Here, for the first time, is an in-depth look at the new face of the global consumer, showing that: • A significant majority in the seven markets surveyed are deeply worried about the direction in which our consumption-obsessed society is moving. They believe people have become both physically and mentally lazy, and that, as a society, we have lost sight of what truly matters. • Two-thirds believe they would be better off if they lived more simply, and a quarter say they would be happier if they owned fewer things. • Half of Americans surveyed are deriving a sense of satisfaction from reducing their purchases during the downturn, and three-quarters are feeling good about cutting back on the amount of waste they create. • A majority of Americans have no intention of going back to their old shopping patterns, even when the economy rebounds. Now, as the consumer voice signals its changed priorities, forward-thinking companies are responding by rejecting excess and artificiality in favor of products and communications that offer authenticity, substance, and interconnectedness—all values today's more mindful consumer craves. In this book, the brand experts look at corporations as diverse as Glenmorangie and Wal-Mart to see what lessons they can offer to businesses attempting to grow in the postconsumerism era. They also spoke with corporate leaders in a variety of industries to learn how they are recasting their businesses and brands in order to prepare for the changes ahead. Through cutting-edge research and a sharp look at new industry models, Consumed provides real direction for marketers and managers.

Mindfulness For Dummies

Author: Shamash Alidina

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118868196

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 360

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Use mindfulness to relax and control anxiety, depression, stressand pain Whether you're looking to control your depression and anxietylevels, improve concentration and reduce stress, or just want torestore balance in your life, Mindfulness For Dummies,2nd Edition shows you how to slow down, become awareof what is going on around you and react effectively. Focusing onbreathing and other self-control techniques, the practice ofmindfulness is scientifically proven to calm jittery nerves andfree the mind of distracting thoughts, mental clutter andunrealistic expectations. With this easy-to-follow guide, you'll discover how to payattention to the present in order to change the way you think, feeland act. Covering the latest research on the effect of mindfulnesson the brain, Mindfulness For Dummies, 2ndEdition shows you how to break free from a downward spiral ofnegative thought and action, and empowers you to make positivechoices that support your well-being. Use mindfulness to reduce stress and anxiety, combat pain andmore Receive guidance on incorporating mindfulness into everydaylife Establish your own mindfulness routine Access audio downloads of guided meditations Written by a professional mindfulness trainer, and packed withtips to incorporate this practice into your daily life,Mindfulness For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows youhow to reap the benefits of a more attentive life.

The art of psychotherapy

case studies from the Family therapy networker

Author: Richard Simon

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471191315

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 315

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Dozens of compelling case studies drawn from two decades of the Family Therapy Networker. The most widely read magazine in the mental health field, the award-winning Family Therapy Networker is recognized as a provocative forum for examining the latest innovations and findings in the field. Drawing together two decades of the Networker's popular case studies and commentaries, this book vividly illustrates the art of psychotherapy as practiced by the nation's leading authorities on couples and family therapy. In addition to the full text of the cases, The Art of Psychotherapy also offers study questions to stimulate thought and discussion, making this text an ideal teaching tool. Organized by treatment population to make it easy to reference, the cases explore everything from couples issues (After the Affair: "Turning Down the Temperature") to working with children (Gender Identity Issues: "The Boy Who Loved Catwoman") to the unique challenges of therapy in the '90s (Recovered Memories: "Avoiding the Truth Trap").