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Working through "Mindfullness - finding peace in frantic world". Join me?

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ColouringInQueen Mon 09-Sep-13 10:56:24

Hi there,

I'm recovering from a severe depression, a lot better now, but still plenty of room for improvement re: anxiety, dealing with stress, negative thinking etc and this looks like a really helpful book. There is increasing evidence that Mindfulness (and Mindfulness based cognitive therapy) is helpful in reducing your likelihood of relapsing with depression too smile

see it here

I've read the first few introductory chapters which have been v interesting and enlightening and just wondered if anyone might be interested in joining me in working through the meditation exercises?

Ideally I'd start with exercise one next week (its one each week, practised ideally 6 days out of 7) but I can be flexible wink

Thanks x.

Sunshine31 Mon 09-Sep-13 18:33:08

I have had the book for the last two months and got no further than the introduction. But I really need to read it as my anxiety isn't getting any better. How would we work through it together though?

ColouringInQueen Mon 09-Sep-13 21:06:23

Hi sunshine I was thinking having someone else to be accountable to so I do my practice... and dont skive really!

AlteredState Mon 09-Sep-13 23:08:45

Marking place as bought this book ages and ages ago (recommended by another mnetter sorry can't remember who --but need to find out in case I ever start/finish and need to thank her--). I've yet to read a sentence so I'm woefully behind you two grin. Hopeful that I might be spurred on to some action smile

ColouringInQueen Mon 09-Sep-13 23:29:02

Hi altered yes it was recommended to me on here too. OK. Get into that intro tomorrow wink

everydayineveryway Mon 09-Sep-13 23:39:10

I've just ordered the book through Amazon on your recommendation. smile I've been looking for a recommended CD of guided meditations, which sometimes seem to work really well for me. So can I join in, please? Can't promise anything, but...I will try.

ColouringInQueen Mon 09-Sep-13 23:45:36

Hi everyday that's great smile I can't promise anything either but hopefully we can encourage each other.. I need to get into the habit of it as I think it will help me... so am trying to work out when in the day I will do it. You're supposed to practice 6 days out of 7... Hoping to start the exercises next week so if you have the chance to read the intro before that would be fab x.

everydayineveryway Tue 10-Sep-13 00:18:22

My insomnia tonight has been sent to guide me to your thread. wink I really need to try to do it.

Sunshine31 Tue 10-Sep-13 13:21:37

I re read the introduction last night and could probably do with someone to be accountable too as well! 6 days out of 7 may be quite tricky! I'm up for going through the book together

ColouringInQueen Tue 10-Sep-13 14:15:47

Great stuff everyday and sunshine. I can do 5 out of 7 realistically I think...

AlteredState Tue 10-Sep-13 20:37:52

blush still no intro here I'm afraid colouring . Though your thread did spur me into contacting the leader of a mindfulness course I'm supposed to be on. I agree with the 5 out of 7 days as hopefully I could force myself to do it while dd in school otherwise I probably won't get a second of peace! < waves the lone parent banner smile >. I really need to get to grips with this 'helping myself' especially as I'm coming off venlafaxine.

OnaPromise Tue 10-Sep-13 20:48:08

Well you have inspired me to order it anyway. I've been interested in finding out more about this for a while. I've had a couple of periods of depression in the past. Been OK for a while (although possibly slightly on the manic side recently with hindsight) and now can feel myself starting to slip down again. Don't want to have to go back on the meds, so this has got to be worth a try.

ColouringInQueen Tue 10-Sep-13 21:30:30

tut tut altered wink but that sounds great about the course - better than a book if you've got the option I'd think. Yes I'll be doing it whilst dcs at school too...

Ona great to hear you've ordered it, and like you say, got to be worth a try. My first mini mindfulness meditation on Mon definitely helped me. The others give you techniques to use in eg stressful situations which sounds like a good tool to have.

ColouringInQueen Tue 10-Sep-13 21:39:37

OK. Whilst we wait for books to arrive etc, here's the contents:

Ch 1 Chasing your tail (14pg)
Ch 2 Why do we attack ourselves? (16pg)
Ch 3 Waking up to the life you have (23 pg)
Ch 4 Introducing the 8 week mindfulness programme (10pg)

This is where I have got to so far. I'd say it is all worth reading. I can give you some tasters if that's any help!

After that you get into the 8 week programme with accompanying guided meditations on cd.

Is it realistic to start on Ch 5 next week - Mon 16 Sep - let me know what you think...

Alternatively we could all read Ch 1-4 next week and start Ch 5 Mon 23 Sep...

I really hope this doesn't sound too bossy/regimented, just trying to get head round timings smile will happily do Ch 4 and chocolate meditation again next week grin

podmumlet Tue 10-Sep-13 21:46:11

I'd like to join in too please.
Starting the exercises w/c 23rd would be better timing for me. :

ColouringInQueen Tue 10-Sep-13 21:49:15

Hi podmum that's great. I think that date is probably the best smile

Sunshine31 Tue 10-Sep-13 22:00:12

Either is fine with me. I did do one mini meditation thus morning which was good. Planned on doing another this evening but pjs, sofa blanket and bake off sent me to sleep on sofa and now I need my bed! which is why doing it with others may be good!

ColouringInQueen Wed 11-Sep-13 20:19:35

Ok how does this sound?

- next week read through chapters 1-4, can discuss on here too
- following week get into the mindfulness meditations and see how we go!

everydayineveryway Wed 11-Sep-13 20:25:39

Sounds great, Queen. Don't worry about sounding bossy! smile Amazon says my book will arrive Mon - Wed, but usually it's quicker than they say.

I read this thread today, which is interesting on the question of mindfulness, and rather inspiring, I thought. smile

ColouringInQueen Wed 11-Sep-13 20:47:13

Great stuff everyday - thanks for the link and I've mentioned this thread to the OP too.

And thanks for the reassurance smile

AlteredState Thu 12-Sep-13 11:46:49

Bossy is good!! grin I'm off to read the intro now. Honestly! Course leader still hasn't got back to me so perhaps I'm on my own now. Well not completely on my own as you guys are here smile

Rummikub Thu 12-Sep-13 11:52:50

Hi I have the book, and have had for (months) a while. I have done some of the meditations but old like to make it into a habit and having a group to chat about it would be useful.

I do think it's something the should teach in schools.

So we read chapters 1-4 starting next week? W/c 16th sept?

Sunshine31 Thu 12-Sep-13 20:47:52

I like bossy too. Especially if it means I actually read the book! I will re read the first few chapters next week and maybe do a few chocolate meditations too, ready for the following week

ColouringInQueen Thu 12-Sep-13 21:06:41

Great Rummikub yep we read Ch 1-4 next week (week beginning 16th) and the following week, take Ch 5 and practice the meditation mon-fri...

Thanks altered and sunshine I think a plan's coming together!

OnaPromise Fri 13-Sep-13 12:25:42

Book arrived this morning so I'm all set. Looking forward to it.

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