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Mindfulness – An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World

Mindfulness – An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World

by Mark Williams (Author), Danny Penman (Author), Jon Kabat-Zinn (Foreword)



MINDFULNESS reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and exhaustion. It promotes the kind of happiness and peace that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage.

The book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and is widely recommended by US physicians and the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence – in other words, it works. More importantly, it also works for people who are not depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world.

MBCT was developed by the book’s author, Oxford professor Mark Williams, and his colleagues at the Universities of Cambridge and Toronto. By investing just 10 to 20 minutes each day, you can learn the simple mindfulness meditations at the heart of MBCT and fully reap their benefits. The book includes links to audio meditations to help guide you through the process. You’ll be surprised by how quickly these techniques will have you enjoying life again.


Editorial Reviews


“Want a happier, more content life? I highly recommend the down-to-earth methods you’ll find in this book. Professor Mark Williams and Dr. Danny Penman have teamed up to give us scientifically grounded techniques we can apply in the midst of our everyday challenges and catastrophes.” —Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

“Peace can’t be achieved in the outside world unless we have peace on the inside. Mark Williams and Danny Penman’s book gives us this peace.” —Goldie Hawn

“This is an inspiring program for anyone caring about his or her own health and sanity.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn

About the Author

Mark Williams is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and a Research Fellow at Oxford and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is the author of The Mindful Way Through Depression. He lives in England.

Danny Penman, PhD, 
is a feature and comment writer for the UK’s Daily Mail. After gaining a PhD in biochemistry, he worked for The Independent and the BBC. He lives in England.

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The Eight Benefits of Mindfulness


Mindful Guided Meditation Positive Affimations

These are the affirmations, based on scripture from the Bible, positive, specific statements that help you to overcome self-sabotaging, negative thoughts. They help you visualize, and believe in, what you’re affirming to yourself, helping you to make positive changes to your life and career. We all enjoy being affirmed. Whether it is in our abilities, our health, our relationships, or any number of other areas of our lives. We enjoy feeling that things are going well.

That’s why choosing to be “positive” is so important. Now, don’t worry, choosing to be positive is a good thing. It’s Biblical even, all throughout Scripture there are references to how our thinking affects our actions. Quoting Scripture can be a great way to “affirm” yourself and to remember the positive. Using your favorite verses to help put you in the right perspective is a good place to start. There are also great quotes that can help you to do so as well or just things that you remember that you have learned over the years through your Christian walk.

Healthy Mind, Healthy Life

Regular meditation has been scientifically proven to enhance relaxation, overall health, and wellbeing. Meditation and hypnosis are safe and natural. A higher level of consciousness and awareness can be realized when we are able to alleviate our minds and listen to our profound truth. You may find the solutions to many current personal problems and issues if you simply take the time to ask your inner self for a new direction. Change your Beliefs and Past Conditioning for better Confidence, Abundance, Wisdom, and inner Self-Worth Affirmation. Change your frequency and reprogram your subconscious mind while you sleep.

A higher level of consciousness and awareness can be realized when we are able to alleviate our minds and listen to our profound truth. You may find the solutions to many current personal problems and issues if you simply take the time to ask your inner self for a new direction.

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You will go on a subconscious journey into a deep meditative state and deep relaxation. We use guided Mindfulness Meditation on Controlling Negative Thoughts.

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Canadian Throat Singer Shares Healing Music in France

Based in Vancouver, BC Matthew Kocel is recognized as a leader in the world sound healing movement.

 Having just returned to his home after a tour of New York, Connecticut, France and Belgium, he is preparing for a Colorado tour in July 2019.

Throat singing or overtone singing is a method of manipulating vocal sounds in the body to amplify the harmonics, or overtones that are already present in the voice. Mathew Kocel’s sound draws on influences from Tibetan, Tuvan & Mongolian throat singers as well as European overtone singers.

Accompanied by simple acoustic instruments, his songs create the framework within which listeners can attain insight, peace, inner travel and spontaneous realizations.

Interestingly, Matthew says his main instrument is his heart, which influences the feelings and information carried by his voice.

Matthew Kocel continues to travel across the world to share this music he calls “medicine for the Earth and the heart of humanity’. Thus far his travels have taken him across the US and Canada, Costa Rica, Peru, France, Belgium and soon…Tibet.

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Sound Healing and Meditation Demystified When I Heard This…




“…it was clear that something wonderful was happening. I was being moved by sound, my whole body was light and vibrating.” – Vancouver Yoga Review


“…truly, and without question, unique. [Kocel’s music] is a thing of spiritual beauty… best experienced in meditation or healing…” – Whats Up! Magazine



Vancouver, BC based throat singer Matthew Kocel is being recognized as an emerging leader in the world sound healing movement. Kocel combines Tuvan/Tibetan throat singing and European overtone singing in a free form, contemplative style that some say sounds like Tuvan throat singers, Tibetan monks and Eddie Vedder jamming in heaven.


Kocel simply calls it “healing music for a world at the threshold”.


How can music or sound be “healing”? Everyone knows music can move you in profound ways – even shift your whole outlook instantly. The medical profession has been using ultrasound for years, music therapy is practiced in hospitals and hospice worldwide, and sound healing is being recognized as helpful for cancer patients in reducing stress and aiding pain management.


Kocel says “Ultimately, the body is equipped to heal itself. The ancients knew everything in the universe is in a state of vibration, and quantum physics has shown this to be true. Subatomic particles aren’t really “particles” at all, but vibrating fields of energy. So when we use sound in a conscious, intentional manner it is possible to access a deeper knowing within that everything is truly connected; all is one. This deeper knowing goes beyond a mental concept when you can actually feel it in your body.”


Apparently people from all walks of life are feeling it. Tom Lich, Assistant Music Director at Mile Hi Church in Colorado says “The sound is heard but it is so much more than auditory; it is experienced in the body… I have no earthly idea how he generates the sounds and overtones from his throat; it is mesmerizing and draws you in as only the human voice can… Matthew Kocel is in a league all his own.”


Clearly something is going on here. “Perhaps when you are able to fully relax and take a detached view of your life, you gain perspective and a deeper understanding. You feel peaceful.” Kocel says.


Who wouldn’t want that?

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Journaling to Relieve Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety can cause multiple issues in your daily life and health. One of the many health issues that anxiety can trigger is heart problems and high blood pressure. If you’re hesitant to start a medication to help with anxiety, there are many natural ways you can ease the feeling of anxiety in your life. One method that we love, here at New Leaf Counseling, is journaling. This form of processing has helped many people and gets to the root of the problem. Here is how you can create and use an anxiety journal to naturally reduce your anxiety, attacks, and related health issues caused by anxiety.


How to Use an Anxiety Journal 


Anxiety manifests itself in many different ways, but for most, when we experience anxiety, we usually feel a rush of emotions all at once. Our thoughts and emotions can feel fast-paced and can be overwhelming if there is no outlet.

Some people find that the manic nature of anxiety and thoughts can be worse than the actual onset of anxiety itself. 

For this reason, an anxiety journal is a place to get all of your thoughts out of your head and onto paper. There is no real set-up of an anxiety journal. The only thing that is usually part of the anxiety journal is a reflective area to go back and write your thoughts on after you are calmed down. When your mind is clear, it is easier to see the issues that may have lead to your anxiety in the first place. 

You can use an anxiety journal anytime you feel an anxiety attack coming on or find yourself in the middle of an anxious feeling. It is there for you in a way that allows you to rant when you need it and get the thoughts out as you need. 


How an Anxiety Journal Helps You


An anxiety journal helps you in several ways by giving you an outlet for the thoughts you are having. It also allows you to see your thoughts and identify if there are any repeating thoughts or connections that could be making anxiety worse.


It is an outlet, a reflective journal, and a devotional journal in many ways.


Using an anxiety journal is not the cure-all for your anxiety problems, but it can help drastically. Keep in mind; it is a two-fold system. It works to help you reduce your anxiety the moment it occurs, and it gives you a place to reflect on the issue that triggered the anxiety in the first place. If you use it regularly to reduce anxiety and reflect on it, you will see a shift in the way you process anxiety.


How to Make and Use a Stress Relief Journal


Stress and anxiety are often confused as the same. While stress can lead to multiple health issues like anxiety, it is usually the onset of anxiety. If you feel stressed and try to ignore it, anxiety or depression could be the next thing you experience. Relieving stress may not seem easy, but once you can figure what is triggering your stress, it can become far more manageable- this is where a stress journal can help. We’ve incorporated some ways to make a stress relief journal and put it to use in your daily life to reduce your stress naturally.

A stress relief journal can be set-up in several different ways, but there is one way that seems to work well for most people, and that is by using a mix of visual aids, journaling, and routine reflection. You do not need dates for this type of journal. You simply write in it as you need to and as you feel any stress issue coming on. Use visuals that represent your mood; these can be pictures, smiley faces, or emoticons if you are using a virtual option for your journal. After expressing your mood for the moment, you can begin to journal what is causing that mood and the stress that you are experiencing. 

If you have a moment that is triggering or if you find yourself very stressed and lost at how to eliminate that stress, then you should use the journal. 

Ideally, through routine, you’ll be able to identify root issues with stress and why they are happening.

You can even reflect on why you are experiencing this stress and if there is a deeper issue that may require more focus. 


How the Stress Relief Journal Helps You


The stress relief journal helps you by guiding you to the root issue of your problem. Like most journals of this type, reflection on your entries is critical, but so is being able to share about the stress you are experiencing honestly.


Through this practice, true statements of how you feel will come out, and by reflecting on those later, you may be able to identify something about yourself and your stress that you did not see before.


The key point of using a stress relief journal is in the review of the journal itself. Keeping a routine journal is the first step, but going back and reviewing your journal entries will help you identify what is causing the stress. You can then take the necessary steps you need to slowly remove any triggers to help reduce your stress and live a happier life.


We hope you found this post helpful on how journaling can help with anxiety and stress.


Happy journaling!

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