Mindfulness-Integrated CBT: Principles and Practice

Mindfulness-Integrated CBT: Principles and Practice

Mindfulness-Integrated CBT: Principles and Practice

Mindfulness-Integrated CBT: Principles and Practice

Synopsis

Mindfulness- i ntegrated CBT: Principles and Practice represents the first set of general principles and practical guidelines for the integration of mindfulness meditation with well-documented and newly developed CBT techniques to address a broad range of psychological dysfunctions.
  • The first book to provide a strong rationale and general guidelines for the implementation of mindfulness meditation integrated with CBT for a wide range of psychological difficulties
  • Incorporates ancient Buddhist concepts of how the mind works, while remaining firmly grounded in well-documented cognitive and behavioural principles
  • Provides new insights into established understanding of conditioning principles
  • Includes a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions, week-by-week instructions for professionals to facilitate application of the therapy, along with case examples and the inspiring stories of former clients

Excerpt

Much learning does not teach understanding

Heraclitus

Training ourselves to improve our capacity to remain calm and collected while facing the vicissitudes of life has a long history, dating back at least twenty-five centuries. It was, and remains in some Eastern traditions, a central feature of the yogic training taught by Buddhism. Its systematic approach embodies both a cosmological and a psychological system for the understanding of mental processes and remediation of psychological pains, which clearly departs from traditional ritualistic and religious practices (Goleman, 1977). It was in the most unusual way that I first experienced some of these principles.

Although it was over 29 years ago, I still remember sitting on the edge of a hotel bed in southern Israel, with an excruciating toothache. I had left France, my country of origin, several months earlier to visit the Middle East. There, I suddenly found myself with next to no money in my pocket after having lost my wallet and all my identification papers. It was about 2pm on a hot Saturday and the few dentists in the area were not available. I could not afford painkillers and didn’t know anyone who could help. The pain was so paralyzing that I could not even walk to a hospital, several kilometers away.

I had minimal understanding of what was the problem and decided to think it through: “the nerve will not hurt me forever … it is just a matter of time before the infection kills the nerve and the pain will go away, so I just have to wait,” I thought. This is just what I did, sitting on the side of the bed, waiting for the pain to pass. I pondered what would be the way to calm my inner agitation in the meantime. I am not sure why, but I thought that focusing on the pain to monitor the change and “go with the flow” could potentially accelerate the process. I was expecting to spend the rest of the day and at least part of the night with intense suffering, but there was not much else I could do. How long a tooth infection would take to kill the . . .

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