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Giving Up Without Giving Up : Meditation and Depressions
Publication Information:
St Martins Pr 2019
Physical Description:
222 p. ;

On Order

Bob Harkins Branch1Received on 5/10/19



A simple, intelligent guide to meditation and contemplation for those dealing with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

Drawing on his experience of meditation within both the Buddhist and Christian contemplative traditions, as well as his own times of personal loss and bewilderment, Jim Green offers us a moving account of just how this wisdom practice can accompany each of us as we make 'the gentle pilgrimage of recovery'. He offers a thorough and practical approach to our times of personal desolation, centered on the practice of meditation, showing how we can learn to treat ourselves and each other with careand compassion.

Giving Up Without Giving Up explores the possibility that we have much to learn from the desert times in our lives, when it feels as though we are losing everything, most of all any sense of who we are.

Author Notes

Jim Green has worked for many years in the field of mental health with both local and national organisations, the Open University and the BBC. He describes his decades of meditation practice as 'always learning to be a beginner'.

Table of Contents

In the darkp. 1
Welcomep. 3
Learning to beginp. 12
Beginning againp. 22
How to meditatep. 26
Meditation and depressionsp. 32
Meditation: Nothing to be donep. 48
By any other namep. 53
Meditation: I will give you restp. 67
Loss, grief, mourning and birdwingsp. 73
Meditation: 'A Moment in each Day'p. 88
No self/no shortcutsp. 95
Meditation: With the leper and the wolfp. 110
Life is the treatment!p. 115
Meditation: A perpetual surprisep. 141
Into the desertp. 146
Meditation: We do not know how to prayp. 164
Before you diep. 171
Communityp. 175
Another beginningp. 194
Meditation: The general dancep. 196
Postscriptp. 200
Notesp. 205
Select bibliographyp. 213
Recommended readingp. 215
Organizations and resourcesp. 217
Acknowledgementsp. 219
Permissionsp. 221