Do you constantly feel anxious? Do you have panic attacks that make you feel as though you are about to lose control? You are not alone. In fact, anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions faced by our society. Perhaps you've tried therapy or medication and have not found any real, lasting relief for your symptoms. So where do you go from here?
'Calming the Rush of Panic' will introduce you to the practices of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) - a proven-effective meditational therapy developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn - as a way to work through episodes of panic. After an informative introduction to MBSR therapy, you will be guided through a number of exploratory practices and meditations to transform your panic into peace. Each chapter in the book contains informational background on the topic, guided meditations, and up to 10 practices that let you put the information and skills you will learn into action.
The book promotes mindfulness-based practices and exercises to help you deal with the physical, emotional, and mental effects of panic, and inside you will learn foundational MBSR meditation practices, including mindful breathing, sitting meditation, and loving-kindness meditation. If your fear response is out of sync with the situations you find yourself in, this book will show you that your thoughts are just thoughts - they are just one part of you.
This quick, accessable book is the first to use an MBSR approach to specifically target panic attacks and panic disorder, and its goal is to show you what exists beyond your panic - a life filled with a greater sense of calm, connection, and happiness.
About the Authors:
Bob Stahl, PhD , founded and directs mindfulness-based stress reduction programs in six medical centers in the San Francisco Bay area. A long-time mindfulness practitioner, Bob lived in a Buddhist monastery for 81/2 years and is currently a Vipassana meditation teacher at Vipassana Santa Cruz and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Bob has completed MBSR teacher certification at University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Dr. Stahl also serves as an Adjunct Senior Teacher for Oasis - the institute formindfulness-based professional education and innovation of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the UMasss Medical School. He has given numerous presentations at the International Mindfulness-based Intervention conference at UMass Medical Center and also conducts mindfulness meditation retreats and workshops for health care professionals, corporations, and educational institutions, which is where Wendy first met Bob at a retreat at Commonweal in Bolinas, CA.
Bob has produced 12 mindfulness subject specific CDs to offer people everywhere the tools they may need to meet life's challenges, even in the midst of pain, stress, and illness. Stahl has had thousands of participants in his workshops over the years and presents regularly at conferences and retreat centers around the country. Stahl has several thousand people on the email lists, which are available for promoting the book.
Wendy Millstine is co-author of the 'Five Good Minutes Series' of books in addition to 'Daily Meditations for Calming Your Anxious Mind' and 'True Belonging'.