Mark Williams on Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Professor Mark Williams of the University of Oxford talks about mindfulness meditation as an alternative treatment for depression. In fact, mindfulness is also a powerful tool to help someone recovering from addiction.

Check out various other YouTube clips on mindfulness from Mark Williams, Jon Kabat Zinn (who was instrumental in promoting mindfulness as a tool for health issues in the Western world) and others.

I include the book Mark refers to in my list of six books that can help your recovery in our Resources section. Here is what I say about the book:

‘If you don’t think that this book is for you because it has the word ‘depression’ in its title, forget that idea. Mindfulness, a simple but powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, is a powerful tool to help people recover from addiction.

The authors take insightful lessons from Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, and demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life’s challenges with greater resilience.

There is an accompanying CD of guided meditations from Jon Kabat-Zinn making this an invaluable package. ‘


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