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My co-author, Anne Ihnen, tells me she keeps hearing from her colleagues in the therapy world that they find “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Mindfulness” very useful in their practice. JoAnne Ceccarelli-Egan, a marriage and family therapist in Connecticut is among them. She recently added the book to her Web site under recommended reading.

JoAnne told Anne that she had been practicing mindfulness for 10 years but found the book made certain aspects much clearer. She reports that she has been using mindfulness with clients who have suffered the deepest of pain and finds that it allows them to hold their sadness. When they are able to remain present with their sorrow, they finally feel heard.

Ah, so true. We expend so much energy trying to avert the pain that we don’t realize that when we simply bear witness to it, with compassion, we soften it. Mindfulness tames the wild heart.

JoAnne reports that she has underlined the book and plans to share it as a gift to her yoga teacher, friends and clients.

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