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The Mindful Manifesto: How doing less and noticing more can help us thrive in a stressed-out world

The Mindful Manifesto: How doing less and noticing more can help us thrive in a stressed-out world

by BBC’s regular GP Jonty Heaversedge and meditation teacher Ed Halliwell

Fully revised & updated edition published by Hay House 4th June 2012, £10.99 pb. Also available as an ebook.

The world’s understanding of ‘mindfulness’ has come a long way since The Mindful Manifesto originally burst onto the scene in 2010 – the first book to integrate the latest medical research with ancient teachings and show that mindfulness works for both mental and physical health problems and increases happiness.

The book’s call to action was a powerful one backed up by scientific research confirming that 'mindfulness' training can help improve our mental and physical well-being – 68% of British family doctors think that it would be helpful for their patients to learn how to practise mindfulness*, and the UK government recommends mindfulness as one of your five-a-day for a healthy mind.

As awareness and understanding of this powerful technique based on ancient forms of meditation grows, so too do the scientific and medical studies into the effective application of mindfulness training. Ed and Jonty have witnessed the mindfulness movement gather enormous momentum since the first issue of their book – this is their reaction to new findings, new research and fascinating new applications for mindfulness.

The book is a thorough and compelling introduction to mindfulness and its historical roots with tips and suggestions on how you can begin to develop your own mindfulness practice and real life stories of people whose lives have been helped by mindfulness. This updated issue also includes new practical ‘mindfulness’ exercises, the latest cutting-edge scientific studies and further applications for mindfulness including:

- Reducing stress/anxiety and improving creativity in the workplace
- Physical pain management
- A more cost-effective solution to many common conditions for the already crippled NHS
- Stopping smoking, and managing alcohol problems and eating disorders
- Building healthier relationships
- Learning to make more rational decisions
- Encouraging more environmentally-friendly behaviour

The book's manifesto is a call to being – it offers a plan for change, not just at the individual level, but for society as a whole. Read this book if you want to:

- Bring your body into balance, let go of addictions and manage chronic illness
- Relate more skillfully at home and at work
- Cope with the busyness of everyday life
- Understand how this powerful ancient technique can and is making a real difference to the health and happiness of our society

*Statistics, Mental Health Foundation, Mindfulness Report (2010)


About the authors:

Dr Jonty Heaversedge is an inner city GP in a large practice in South East London. Jonty completed a degree in psychology and then a Masters in Mental Health Studies whilst at medical school, and continues to pursue a particular interest in the psychological health and wellbeing of his patients. Jonty has also become an increasingly familiar face on the BBC, having presented three series of ‘Street Doctor’ for BBC1 and appears regularly on ITV1’s This Morning.

You can download a high res image of Jonty here

Ed Halliwell is a writer and mindfulness teacher. He is the author of the Mental Health Foundation's Mindfulness Report, and writes regularly for The Guardian and on meditation and well-being. He leads mindfulness courses in London and Sussex, and is a faculty member at the School of Life, which offers a variety of programmes on how to live wisely. Visit him at:

You can download a high res image of Ed here

You can download a high res image of the book jacket here

Notes to Editors:

1. Both authors are available for interview and expert comment
2. The Mindful Manifesto is available for extract and serialisation
3. Ed is available to write features based on mindfulness and can tailor an article to any aspect of the book
4. Case studies from the book are available

Feature ideas:

• Mind training – how we can train the mind in the same way we can exercise the body
• The mindfulness movement – from healthcare to relationships to politics and climate change – how mindfulness is changing our world.
• How mindfulness practice can and is being used by the corporate world
• How mindfulness training can help reduce the anxiety and stress caused by financial worries and debts
• Mindfulness for stopping smoking, managing eating disorders or other addictions and compulsions

Praise for the first edition of the book:

• “Gibberish-free instructions” – The Guardian
• “Absolutely my favourite book of 2010 … Lovely and essential reading” – YOU magazine

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