Saturday, December 22, 2012

Practice Mindfulness

Fully Present: The Book

MARC announces the publication of Fully Present, The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness by Susan L. Smalley, Ph.D., founder and director of MARC, and Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at MARC.

Fully Present brings together the cutting  edge science of mindfulness with clear explanations of how mindfulness  works and practices to make it part of your daily life.

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Sue Smalley, PhD describes how when  you practice mindfulness you learn to relate to your thoughts and  feelings and bodily sensations differently.

Susan Smalley is a  Professor of Psychiatry, and the Founder and Director of the Mindful  Awareness Research Center (MARC) at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute  of Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.

Fully Present introduces you to the science, art,  and practice of mindfulness:

Mindfulness—being in the present moment—  can be cultivated through
explicit practices, such as meditation, yoga, or t’ai chi, through
creativity or even by walking in nature.

All of these are various means of enhancing your awareness to be more
present in life. We coined the term “Mindful Awareness Practices,” or
MAPs, to refer to this general class of practices and to the mindfulness
practices we teach throughout the book and at UCLA. MAPs can be done by
anyone, regardless of age, background, or religion.

Each chapter of Fully Present offers a scientific and
experiential look at how mindfulness can shape your life, along with
practical exercises, alternating between what we call “The Science,”
“The Art,” and “The Practice.”

What the Research Says:

The research exploring mindfulness, although still relatively new, is
demonstrating that repeated practice can lead to changes in our lives,

  • Reducing stress
  • Reducing chronic physical pain
  • Boosting the body’s immune system to fight disease
  • Coping with painful life events, such as the death of a loved one or major illness
  • Dealing with negative emotions like anger, fear, and greed
  • Increasing self-awareness to detect harmful reactive patterns of thought, feeling, and action
  • Improving attention or concentration
  • Enhancing positive emotions, including happiness and compassion
  • Increasing interpersonal skills and relationships
  • Reducing addictive behaviors, such as eating disorders, alcoholism, and smoking
  • Enhancing performance, whether in work, sports, or academics
  • Stimulating and releasing creativity
  • Changing positively the actual structure of our brains





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