Calming Your Angry Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Anger and Bring Peace to Your Life

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Anger is a natural emotion—and a part of what makes us human. But when you lose control of your anger, it can get in the way of meaningful relationships, successful careers, and ultimately, feelings of happiness and enjoyment.In this highly anticipated book, renowned mindfulness expert and author of Calming Your Anxious Mind Jeff Brantley offers a breakthrough approach using mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and compassion practices to help you better handle the anger, fear, and hostile emotions that can wreak havoc at home, work, and in relationships. In addition, you will also learn important self-awareness skills to help you stop overreacting and improve communication with others.

While other self-help books focus on traditional anger management, Brantley offers solutions that give you personal control over the experience of anger in your life. Inside, you’ll discover the three major meditative approaches to soothing anger: stabilizing mind and body through concentrating your attention mindfully; using compassionate attention and reflection to disarm the energy of your anger; and learning to use wise understanding about the impermanent and “conditioned” nature of your angry reactions in order to diminish your vulnerability to anger’s power.

If you have difficulty with anger, you may be quick to blame others or act in aggressive ways. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking can often leave you feeling alone, alienated, and unhappy. If you are ready to make real, lasting changes, this book can provide you with the skills needed to manage and and transform your anger so that you can live a happier, healthier life.
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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. Brantley is the author of Calming Your Anxious Mind and coauthor of the Five Good Minutes® series and Daily Meditations for Calming Your Anxious Mind.

Foreword writer Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD, is author of Love 2.0, and is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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New Harbinger Publications
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Published on
May 1, 2014
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781608829286
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Language
English
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Genres
Body, Mind & Spirit / Mindfulness & Meditation
Family & Relationships / Anger
Self-Help / Self-Management / Anger Management
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We may long for wholeness, suggests Jon Kabat-Zinn, but the truth is that it is already here and already ours. The practice of mindfulness holds the possibility of not just a fleeting sense of contentment, but a true embracing of a deeper unity that envelops and permeates our lives. With Mindfulness for Beginners you are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel, love, work, and play—and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are.

Here, the teacher, scientist, and clinician who first demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness within mainstream Western medicine offers a book that you can use in three unique ways: as a collection of reflections and practices to be opened and explored at random; as an illuminating and engaging start-to-finish read; or as an unfolding “lesson- a-day” primer on mindfulness practice.
Beginning and advanced meditators alike will discover in these pages a valuable distillation of the key attitudes and essential practices that Jon Kabat-Zinn has found most useful with his students, including:Why heartfulness is synonymous with true mindfulnessThe value of coming back to our bodies and to our senses over and over againHow our thoughts “self-liberate” when touched by awarenessMoving beyond our “story” into direct experienceStabilizing our attention and presence amidst daily activitiesThe three poisons that cause suffering—and their antidotesHow mindfulness heals, even after the factReclaiming our wholeness, and moreThe prescription for living a more mindful life seems simple enough: return your awareness again and again to whatever is going on. But if you’ve tried it, you know that here is where all the questions and challenges really begin. Mindfulness for Beginners provides welcome answers, insights, and instruction to help us make that shift, moment by moment, into a more spacious, clear, reliable, and loving connection with ourselves and the world.
 

Contents
 
Part I  Entering
Beginner’s Mind
The Breath
Who Is Breathing?
The Hardest Work in the World
Taking Care of This Moment
Mindfulness Is Awareness
Doing Mode and Being Mode
A Grounding in Science
Mindfulness is Universal
Wakefulness
Stabilizing and Calibrating Your Instrument
Inhabiting Awareness Is the Essence of Practice
The Beauty of Discipline
Adjusting Your Default Setting
Awareness:  Our Only Capacity Robust Enough to Balance Thinking
Attention and Awareness Are Trainable Skills
Nothing Wrong with Thinking
Befriending Our Thinking
Images of Your Mind That Might Be Useful
Not Taking Our Thoughts Personally
Selfing
Our Love Affair with Personal Pronouns—Especially I, Me, and Mine
Awareness Is a Big Container
The Objects of Attention Are Not as Important as the Attending Itself
 
Part II:  Sustaining
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
A World-Wide Phenomenon
An Affectionate Attention
Mindfulness Brought to All the Senses
Proprioception and Interoception
The Unity of Awareness
The Knowing Is Awareness
Life Itself Becomes the Meditation Practice
You Already Belong
Right Beneath Our Noses
Mindfulness is Not Merely a Good Idea
To Come Back in Touch
Who Am I?  Questioning Our Own Narrative
You Are More Than Any Narrative
You Are Never Not Whole
Paying Attention in a Different Way
Not Knowing
The Prepared Mind
What Is Yours to See?
 
Part III:  Deepening
No Place to Go, Nothing to Do
The Doing That Comes Out of Being
To Act Appropriately
If You Are Aware of What Is Happening, You Are Doing It Right
Non-Judging Is an Act of Intelligence and Kindness
You Can Only Be Yourself—Thank Goodness!
Embodied Knowing
Feeling Joy for Others
The Full Catastrophe
Is My Awareness of Suffering Suffering?
What Does Liberation from Suffering Mean?
Hell Realms
Liberation Is in the Practice Itself
The Beauty of the Mind That Knows Itself
Taking Care of Your Meditation Practice
Energy Conservation in Meditation Practice
An Attitude of Non-Harming
Greed:  The Cascade of Dissatisfactions
Aversion:  The Flip Side of Greed
Delusion and the Trap of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
Now Is Always the Right Time
The “Curriculum” is “Just This”
Giving Your Life Back to Yourself
Bringing Mindfulness Further Into the World
 
Part IV:  Ripening
The Attitudinal Foundations of Mindfulness Practice
Non-Judging
Patience
Beginner’s Mind
Trust
Non-Striving
Acceptance
Letting Go
 
Part V:  Practicing
Getting Started with Formal Practice
Mindfulness of Eating
Mindfulness of Breathing
Mindfulness of the Body as a Whole
Mindfulness of Sounds, Thoughts, and Emotions
Mindfulness as Pure Awareness
Leading mindfulness expert and author of Calming Your Anxious Mind, Jeffrey Brantley, MD, offers daily mindfulness-based meditations to help you gain control of your emotional reactions, improve your relationships, and cultivate peace, balance, and well-being in your life.

Anger is an intense emotion that everyone deals with, but when feelings of anger spiral out of control they can get in the way of living a full and happy life. If you struggle with intense irritability or angry outbursts, you may feel like your reactions are beyond your control. But this simply isn’t true—you, and only you, have the power to change your life. You just need to be shown the way.

In Daily Meditations for Calming Your Angry Mind, Brantley details three different paths—or approaches—based in mindfulness and meditative perspectives, that you can choose from to take control of your anger, and your life. First, you’ll learn to disengage from your anger by pausing to be mindful when anger is happening. Second, you’ll discover ways to cool your anger using meditative practices to nurture kindness and compassion towards yourself and others. And third, you’ll find tips for practicing mindfulness to transform your understanding and realize your anger is not an identity, a defect, or a permanent condition.

These three practical and easy-to-use approaches to anger management have a strong basis in both ancient and modern traditions. With this book as your guide, you can finally overcome the tumultuous thoughts, feelings, and reactions that have been holding you back in life.

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