We are now experiencing what is being called 'the mindfulness revolution', as increasingly people become aware of the benefits of mindfulness in all aspects of daily life. This book focuses on individuals, couples, families, groups and businesses to provide a practical guide for using mindfulness to enrich relationships and more effectively manage the stresses associated with dispute resolution and conflict. The authors clearly and engagingly explore how we can use mindfulness to: * develop a more compassionate, friendly relationship with ourselves and others * increase awareness of our own and others' relational patterns * calm and soothe our emotions and be there for others * communicate more effectively * enhance connection and empathy * reduce defensive patterns, allowing for more authenticity, and * work effectively within families and larger systems such as workplaces. Case studies are included throughout to highlight key principles, as well as practical exercises to enable the reader to develop their mindfulness skills.
Dr Richard Chambers is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in mindfulness-based therapies. He is also an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. Dr Chambers is pioneering a university-wide mindfulness approach at Melbourne's Monash University and consults to a growing number of educational institutions, businesses, sporting clubs and community organizations. He is a developer of the Smiling Mind app and co-author of Mindful Learning. Margie Ulbrick is a collaborative family lawyer, relationship counsellor, psychotherapist and writer. Trained in Family Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Law and Collaborative Practice, she has many years' experience working to help people create sustaining and nurturing relationships and work towards maximizing optimum health in families. Margie's articles have been published on websites and in journals, newspapers and magazines.
Part 1: Mindfulness as relationship 1. Mindfulness as relationship 2. What is mindfulness? 3. The science of mindful relationships Part 2: The mindful self 4. How to meditate 5. Applying mindfulness Part 3: The mindful couple 6. Intimacy 7. Healthy relationships 8. Mindful sex 9. When things go wrong 10. Seeking help Part 4: The mindful family 11. Mindful parenting 12. Raising mindful children 13. Creating a mindful family Part 5: The mindful workplace 14. Working mindfully 15. Mindfulness at work and in groups 16. Mindful leadership Epilogue: Creating a mindful society Endnotes Index