This book is based on a scientifically proven mindfulness-based approach called "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy" (ACT). Within these pages, you will learn how to cope effectively when life hurts: not just how to survive, but how to thrive. This is a book that has the power to change your life.
The 'reality slap' takes many different forms. Sometimes it is so violent it's more like a punch: the death of a loved one, a serious illness, a major injury, a freak accident, a shocking crime, a disabled child, the loss of a job; bankruptcy, betrayal, fire, flood, divorce or disaster. Sometimes it's a little gentler: envy, loneliness, resentment, failure, disappointment or rejection. But whatever form it takes, one thing's for sure: it hurts! And most of us don't deal with the pain very well. This book is based on a scientifically proven mindfulness-based approach called 'Acceptance and Commitment Therapy' (ACT). Within these pages, you will learn how to cope effectively when life hurts: not just how to survive, but how to thrive. Using the proven principles of ACT, you'll discover how to: find peace in the midst of your pain find calm in the midst of your chaos anchor yourself in the midst of emotional storms increase your sense of connection with yourself and others use your painful emotions to cultivate wisdom and compassion find fulfilment even when you can't get what you want * heal your wounds, and come through stronger than before.
Dr Russ Harris is a medical practitioner, psychotherapist, and bestselling author of 'The Happiness Trap', which has now been translated into 22 languages. He is one of the world's leading authorities in ACT, and regularly travels all over Australia and internationally to train a wide variety of professionals in the approach. His other books include 'The Confidence Gap', 'ACT With Love', 'ACT Made Simple', and the fictional novel 'Stand Up Strummer'.
Introduction: The Slap and The Gap
PART 1: AFTER THE SLAP
Chapter 1: The Four Steps
Chapter 2: Presence, Purpose and Privilege
PART 2: HOLD YOURSELF KINDLY
Chapter 3: A Caring Hand
Chapter 4: Back To The Present
Chapter 5: His Master's Voice
Chapter 6: Pause The Movie
Chapter 7: Live and Let Go
Chapter 8: The Third Way
Chapter 9: A Curious Look
Chapter 10: Take Off Your Goggles
Chapter 11: The Wisdom of Kindness
PART 3: DROP THE ANCHOR
Chapter 12: Anchors Away
Chapter 13: Coming Home
PART 4: TAKE A STAND
Chapter 14: What's My Purpose?
Chapter 15: Purpose and Pain
Chapter 16: What Really Counts?
Chapter 17: The Four Approaches
Chapter 18: Holding Hot Coals
Chapter 19: It's Never Too Late
PART 5: FIND THE TREASURE
Chapter 20: It's A Privilege
Chapter 21: To Stand and Stare
Chapter 22: Pain Into Poetry
Appendix 1: Defusion Techniques and Neutralisation
Appendix 2: Mindfulness of the Breath
Appendix 3: Values Clarification
Appendix 4: Goal Setting
Appendix 5: ABA, RFT and Child Development
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