A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

Blog preview: Turning into the Skid. Thoughts on reading A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

title“ I turned into the skid, and lo and behold, the car began to straighten out. I felt that a remarkable seed was planted that day and came to see it as a metaphor for life” and with this introduction from the author Stahl we are gifted with a workbook that will influence how each of us inform our beliefs and behaviors regarding the presence of wellness and wholeness by intention or accident.

As has been stated previously the guided imagery collected is exploring the interconnectedness between related guided imagery tools. As the editor my original intention was to deepen the understanding of the impact of guided imagery and in that pursuit I have learned that there are some fundamental principles that will in fact have significance in how the practice of guided imagery leads to healing and wellness. Essentially guided imagery is a three-part harmony of spirit mind-body. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is rooted in the tradition of meditation from the schools of Buddhism. It is significant to note that the Dalai Lama in a series of works entitled Gentle Bridges and Healing Emotions has been inviting the great minds of our times to visit him every two years in Dharmasala in the schools of physics, cosmology, biology, psychology, immunology etc. to dialogue for the purpose of re-mapping consciousness with the integration of an east west perspective regarding healing and wholeness. Healing Emotions: Conversations with the Dalai (Paperback)
by Daniel Goleman. What is apparent regarding this intersection of cultural investigation of consciousness and healing is that we are now adding to the medicine chest of western treatments significant new approaches from Yoga Therapy, Acupuncture, Reiki, Qiqong, Prayer, Energy Healing, Ayurvedic Medicine.  View shared commonality found in these therapeutic approaches is the power of intentionality that is essentially the power of spirit–body mind. And within this intentionality the fundamental building block is creative intelligence and visualization (the principles at the core of guided imagery), or a simplified version, thoughts are things and what we think regarding your mind-body influences wholeness thus the title mindfulness-based stress reduction. The bridge extends into mindbody in that emotions are also at the intersection of mind and the molecules of emotion are part of the stuff of healing as well.


For the patient/caregiver/health professional having new maps to help us cross these gentle bridges is redefining how 21st century medicine will influence our lives. We see this already being played out over the digital media-scape through the sheer volume of interest in mindfulness meditation - the shift has already taken root.

This is a preview and there will be more thoughts on my blog regarding this mindfulness workbook in a week or so. (I am gifted in being able to be with my daughter in her recovery from a surgery relating to her cancer).

Since time is precious regarding how we deepen our healing intelligence I simply wanted to inform the readership of things to come in the next blog.  Stay tuned or if you can’t wait buy a copy: A Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Bob Stahl, PH.D. / Elisha Goldstein, PH.D. newharbingerpuplications.www.newharbinger.com


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