Review: Mindfulness Meditations For Anxiety

Mindfulness Meditations For Anxiety –
100 Simple Practices To Find Peace Right Now

Author: Michael Smith, PhD.
Althea Press
2019
ISBN #978-1-64152-484-1

One thing that we do have to acknowledge is that there is a lot of anxiety running around in this world, and that each of us is greatly affected by it. In “Mindfulness Meditations For Anxiety” Michael Smith, PhD. presents 100 simple practices/meditations that can be done anywhere, anytime, to help us overcome anxiety and find peace within ourselves. Smith shares with the reader specific times of his life when he faced anxiety – as a child, through expectations in sports as he got older, and, more recently, through a severe and unexpected illness.

In his introduction Smith talks about his work as a psychotherapist, and a clinical and transpersonal psychologist. He discusses his training in different meditative practices, and how he views meditation as a strong healing tool. He also reinforces the thought that this book is about mindfulness meditation – something that will reduce your anxiety and help you to live a more joyous life.

In discussing what meditation is, Smith focuses on the fact that it is a process of getting to know our own mind and how it works, and to be able to maintain our attention where we place it. He also addresses a series of questions, including:

  • What is the best meditation position?
  • What do I do if my mind wanders?
  • Can I meditate while walking and running?

Part One is entitled “Calm The Mind”, and includes directions to such meditation exercises as “Basic Mindfulness Meditation”, “Observe Non-judgmentally”, “Redirect From Distraction”, and “Resting In The Open Awareness”.   Part Two is entitled “Calm The Body”, and includes directions to such meditation exercises as “Mindfully Link Diet And Anxiety”, “Body Scan”, “Breath Through It To Dissolve It”, and “Mindful Walking”. Par Three is entitled “Calm The Emotions”, and includes directions to such meditation exercises as “Get Close To Anxious Emotions To Heal Them”, “Quiet The Inner Critic”, “Finding Forgiveness”, and “Reduce Negative Thinking To Reduce Anxiety”. Part Four is entitled “Morning”, and includes such meditation exercises as “A Wake-up Meditation”, “Mindful Morning Stretch”, and “Finding What You Want And How To Get There”. Part Five is entitled “Evening”, and includes directions to such meditation exercises as “An Effective Evening Wind-down”, “The Day In Review”, and “Zero In On Tomorrow”.  Part Six is entitled “Moving”, and includes directions to such meditation exercises as “Mindful Movement”, “Mindful Cooking”, and “Mindful Driving”. Part Seven is entitled “5-Minute”, and includes directions to such meditation exercises as “Circular Breathing”, “Notice And Stop Negative Thinking”, and “Distraction Challenge”. Part Eight is entitled “Do Anywhere”, and includes directions to such meditation exercises as “Standing In Line”, “Accept Whatever Is Happening”, and “Encourage Yourself”.

At the back of the book is a list of resources (books and websites), and an index.

Smith writes in very plain language that can be understood by anyone, and his instructions are clear and concise. This book is a very “hands on” help for readers dealing with anxiety.

© September 2019 Bonnie Cehovet
Reproduction prohibited without written permission from the author.

 

 

 

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