Calming the Rush of Panic: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Guide to Freeing Yourself from Panic Attacks and Living a Vital Life
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN 10: 1608825264
ISBN 13: 978-1608825264
Do you constantly feel anxious? Do you have panic attacks that make you feel as though you are about to lose control? You are not alone. In fact, anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions faced by our society. Perhaps you’ve tried therapy or medication and have not found any real, lasting relief for your symptoms. So where do you go from here?
Calming the Rush of Panic will introduce you to the practices of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)―a proven-effective meditational method developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn―as a way to work through episodes of panic. After an informative introduction to MBSR, you will be guided through a number of exploratory practices and meditations to transform your panic into peace." Each chapter in the book contains informational background on the topic, guided meditations, and up to 10 practices that let you put the information and skills you will learn into action.
The book promotes mindfulness-based practices and exercises to help you deal with the physical, emotional, and mental effects of panic, and inside you will learn foundational MBSR meditation practices, including mindful breathing, sitting meditation, and loving-kindness meditation. If your fear response is out of sync with the situations you find yourself in, this book will show you that your thoughts are just thoughts―they are just one part of you.
This quick, accessible book is the first to use an MBSR approach to specifically target panic attacks and panic disorder, and its goal is to show you what exists beyond your panic―a life filled with a greater sense of calm, connection, and happiness.
“We have the capacity, within our own heart and awareness, to handle panic attacks. Calming the Rush of Panic is a clear and compassionate guide in navigating this acute form of fear. Through wise teachings, case studies and a range of reflections and meditations, this book will strengthen your inner resources and nourish your spirit.”
―Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
“An extremely useful and practical book that goes to the very heart of the matter. If you wholeheartedly embody in practice what it recommends, it can help transform a tendency to panic into an opening to greater balance of mind, self-acceptance, and self-compassion, right in that moment. Ultimately, it manifests as wisdom. That is the power of mindfulness. And it is already yours.”
―Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for Beginners
“Panic attacks are one-two punches: they feel dreadful, plus people shrink their lives to avoid having another one. With kindness, insight, and research-proven methods, this book shows you how to prevent panic attacks or ride them out with less suffering, plus how to reclaim your own full life. Grounded in the power of mindfulness, full of effective tools and practices, and rich with the authors' warmth and genuine wisdom, this is a remarkable guide to a life beyond panic.”
―Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain and Just One Thing
“In addition to the clearly presented instructions for counteracting and overcoming panic, what makes this book special is the uniformly kind tone of voice of these authors throughout. They embody the wisdom of health professionals in emergency situations: they reassure, and they convey confidence and hope. You believe that they are teaching out of personal experience!”
―Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness Is an Inside Job
“Delightfully clear and practical, Calming the Rush of Panic offers profound insights from ancient wisdom traditions and modern psychology to help free oneself from panic attacks and live a healthier, more joyful life. The mindfulness practices offered are wise, scientific, nourishing, and transformative. Grounded in modern science, yet written from the heart, this book is a gem.”
―Shauna L. Shapiro, associate professor at Santa Clara University, clinical psychologist, and coauthor of The Art and Science of Mindfulness
“Grounded in the experiential and direct, this pragmatic approach will help you become intimate with the taste, touch, and ‘mind’ of fear. Of course, no one wants to look closely at such painful experiences. Yet, deftly guided by the authors into developing a clear-minded relationship with the unwanted, you’ll learn to catalyze within yourself the openness, kindness, clarity, and love that have the power to liberate and release you from the knot of panic.”
―Saki Santorelli, EdD, MA, associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts Medical School and author of Heal Thy Self
About the Author
Bob Stahl, PhD, is the founder and director of the mindfulness-based stress reduction programs at Dominican Hospital, O’Connor Hospital, and El Camino Hospital. Bob serves as a senior teacher for Oasis, an institute for mindfulness-based professional education and innovation. Bob is the guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and visiting teacher at Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society. He is coauthor of Living with Your Heart Wide Open and the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook. Stahl lives in Santa Cruz, CA.
Wendy Millstine, is a freelance writer and certified holistic nutrition consultant who specializes in diet and stress reduction. With Jeffrey Brantley, she is coauthor of the Five Good Minutes® series, and Daily Meditations for Calming Your Anxious Mind. She is also coauthor of True Belonging. She lives in Santa Rosa, CA.