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Part 1: What You Need to Know About Mindfulness
1 Introducing Mindfulness
The Big Deal
What Is Mindfulness?
State, Trait, or Practice?
Mindful Versus Mindless
Freedom from Stress
Mindfulness and the Eightfold Path
Modern Expansion of Meaning
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness as an Umbrella Term
The Benefits of Mindfulness
Natural Yet Difficult
2 How Mindfulness Works
Why Aren’t You Naturally Mindful?
It’s Stressful to Be Human
Your Complex Sense of Self
Your Mind’s Default Mode
The Mindful Mind
Healthier Responses to Stressors
Tolerance for Discomfort
Perspective on Your Reactions
Greater Objectivity About Self
A Dynamic Sense of Self
Choice Instead ...
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