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Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Anxiety, Fear, and Panic

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The Mindfulness Solution to Anxiety

Drawing on techniques and perspectives from two seemingly different traditions, this second edition of the self-help classic Calming Your Anxious Mind offers you a powerful and profound approach to overcoming anxiety, fear, and panic. From the evidence-based tradition of Western medicine, learn the role your thoughts and emotions play in
Paperback, 248 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by New Harbinger Publications (first published 2003)
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Anita Zinn
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I am finding this book to be very helpful, in using the tool of "Mindfulness" to bring about mental healing. As the "Forward" part of the book says: "This book presents methods that can serve as a remarkable path to freedom from the imprisonment from chronic anxiety and panic, at whatever level they may manifest themselves in your life."

"Practicing mindfulness means learning to relax and stay present with nonjudging and friendly awareness. Mindfulness is cultivated by paying attention -- o
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Cutting out all the repetitive passages, this book wouldn't be longer than thirty pages and it would still be full of bullshit. I do believe in the power of meditation and the importance of focus on the present moment, but if this book had been my introduction to meditation I wouldn't even have tried it. Dr. Brantley himself seems to be afraid to apply the concepts in his book to truly traumatizing experiences. Instead he provides advice on how to deal with anger about being stuck in traffic (sp ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Books about meditation have an inherent flaw: you can't read what they say about meditating, especially exercises, while you are meditating. And so it goes with this book. An audio CD (or better, downloadable audio files) would be of great help. Suggestions by the author to record the exercises and play them back to yourself seem a bit...odd.

"Calming Your Anxious Mind" is a good introductory book to the whys and hows of meditating; really, of mindfulness practice, with meditation as the basis fo
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
The exercises in this book are very good, and it provides a good introduction to mindfulness, but there is a lot of overlap with Jon Kabat-Zinn's work, which I prefer. If you're already familiar with mindfulness techniques, there's not a lot that's new or groundbreaking here - while it directly addresses the specific states of fear, anxiety, and panic, most of those chapters say basically the same thing as all other mindfulness books. Overall, it's a decent introduction though, and I'm not sorry ...more
Apr 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Dr. Brantley, a physician, describes techniques a person can use to achieve more loving kindness, peace, harmony, serenity, forgiveness, and happiness. He teaches the reader how to replace fearful, anxious thoughts with peaceful ones and shares medical research about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who want to meditate
Recommended to PlatKat by: some half-ass journalist in a magazine article I read at my derm
I still want to stab people on the bus as I read this, but to be fair, I haven't actually sat somewhere quiet and tried any of these.
Blair Hodgkinson
This book came so highly recommended that I was sure I was going to love it, but I can't score it as high as I would like due to some serious shortcomings. I will come back to its failings, but first I will praise it for what it does well. This book is probably the best single resource I have read to help one actually follow a program of practices that will increase mindfulness and awareness. Many of the steps helped me when I first encountered them twenty years ago, but some of the other practi ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
It is not what I thought. It was a book about meditation.
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Does a superb job of explaining the method of mindfulness meditation, how and why it works, how to avoid a number of pitfalls, and how it all applies to anxiety, fear and panic. Mindfulness definitely is an excellent method to help manage anxiety et al.. The number of formal practices at the end of the book are all great and helpful, as is the list of resources. I give it four stars and not five because much of the book was quite repetitive, although I still highly recommend it and would give it ...more
Emma Christen
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure about this book at the beginning, but by the end I really began to enjoy it. I've read a few different books and things about meditation, and this book did a very nice job of consolidating many common practices into one resource. It also helped me a lot to have the focus on anxiety, rather than just standard meditation and mindfulness - anxiety is something I do struggle with quite a bit in my life. I can see myself using a lot of these practices in my daily life. I'm excited to re ...more
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
there are some good points but I didn't have posits so I dog eared pages along with writing on the book, I kind of skimmed through first half because it tells me how why and such I wanted to know more about how to calm my anxious mind I know the other stuff I needed the tools but I'm unsure on the results for me here
Glanced through. Covers the benefits of mindfulness & meditation as well as the how-tos. Not really new information exactly, but... :) Loved this:

"Be here for the beautiful music.
Be here for the wonderful sunset.
Be here for the warm touch of your loved one's hand.
Be here when the beauty graces your life."
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mindfullness
Calming your Anxious Mind lets you become familiar with the logic behind mindfulness and meditation. It's very repetitive and dull after you get halfway through it; it could be shorter.

Still, Jeff Brantley conveys the importance of living a present life. And he gives a few methods of achieving this presence.
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddhist, reference
This guide to a fear or panic filled mind is exemplary. It lays out the origins and sequence of panic attacks in away that sits with my direct if painful experience. More importantly outlined and thankfully repeated through the text actually work. This book will be a frequent friend on retreats and during those moments of crisis.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a good primer, and had insightful information about anxiety, fear, panic, and related causes and conditions. I liked it, but didn't love it, as I would have liked a better layout and more interesting prose. Recommended, though.
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Couldn't concentrate on the book about halfway through. Have already read plenty about mindfulness and this provided nothing new. Too bored to get to the end of the book. Prolly be a good read for someone else
Feb 13, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was so dull to read. I had to force myself to read it because I know it has good ideas that will be helpful to me. I finally did finish, and I learned a lot of useful skills and ways of thinking that have already helped me.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Probably need to re-read this one a couple times before it all sinks in. For someone suffering from Anxiety (and being shaped by it) I took a lot to heart and it will help me in the future. So for those wondering if they should pick it up or not, yes!!
Oct 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
Ugh... what can I say, a little more than half-way through this book just became monotonous, it keeps repeating itself and doesn't get to the point, I really felt it might help me but I just couldn't take anymore, it's a slow read and boring so I just had to stop reading.
Sep 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: KevBo
Sort of a primer on mindfulness and meditation. I'm familiar with the ideas, but I like the specific guided meditation practices and helpful ideas/analysis.
I didn't get very far before I realized that other authors I've read on the topic have written better to cover the exact same information.
Alyssa Arnz
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Helpful and positive with some good life tactics, yet it uses a lot of the same words repetitively to where it can feel overwhelming at points. Hopefully some of it sticks with me!
Really well-written. Practical, helpful guidance. The secret is to DO it.
Kay Baird
Dec 07, 2010 marked it as to-read
This book interests me because it deals with both cognitive and compassion-based approaches.
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent introduction to mindfulness with suggestions for both formal and informal practice.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book that I believe would help most people with anxiety issues. It is well written and researched. The resource section is also wonderful.
Apr 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Horrible read
Greg Parrinello
Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People sufferering from anxiety and those trying to help.
Recommended to Greg by: browsing
Very helpful and an easy read.
Aug 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Very good at explaining what mindfulness is, but is very repetitive and long winded. I was able to learn a fair bit from it, and will try to incorporate some of the techniques into daily life.
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: abandoned
There are some good ideas here if you are into meditation and mental clarity.
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Jeffrey Brantley, MD, DFAPA, has practiced mindfulness meditation for over thirty years, and his work in medicine and psychiatry has emphasized mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions to promote individual health and well-being. He is a founding faculty member of Duke Integrative Medicine, and founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at Duke Integrative Medicine in 1998. Bran ...more
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