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Asperger's Syndrome and Mindfulness

Asperger's Syndrome and Mindfulness

Taking Refuge in the Buddha

Chris Mitchell

Paperback: £14.99 / $24.95

2008, 216mm x 138mm / 8.5in x 5.5in, 144pp
ISBN: 978-1-84310-686-9, BIC 2: HRE JM VFJD VXM

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Understanding who you are can be a lonely and difficult process following the diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome (AS). Asperger's Syndrome and Mindfulness illuminates this experience as an empowering path of discovery through the teachings of Buddhism.

Chris Mitchell draws parallels between the experience of his own journey towards personhood through AS and the spiritual tenants of Theravada Buddhism, as outlined through the Eightfold Path, a guideline to personal development. Worry and anxiety, confusing desires or negative thoughts are among the everyday hindrances a person with AS faces. This book takes the reader through the key beliefs of Theravada Buddhism, such as Mindfulness and the Four Noble Truths, showing how practices such as Insight Meditation can lead to a positive resolution of these feelings.

Talking openly about his own personal experiences, Chris Mitchell provides helpful tips and suggestions for improving confidence and self-esteem towards an overall better sense of self that will be of interest to anyone diagnosed with AS or their family and friends.

Blog posts

Returning to Monkwearmouth

25 April 2014

Chris Mitchell the author of new JKP title Mindful Living with Asperger’s Syndrome and Asperger’s Syndrome and Mindfulness discusses how approaches to autism within education have changed over the last 20 years. A diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, especially if obtained in adulthood, can be seen as a new start. But in reality, each day after...

Small steps – Mindful walking with robots

31 March 2014

From using ancient techniques to cross inhospitable terrain to walking with a highly sophisticated robot,  Chris Mitchell, the author of Mindful Living with Asperger’s Syndrome reflects on the many kinds of mindful walking. When new to meditation and mindfulness practice, an initial image that we may have of meditation is of a figure sitting cross-legged...

Sensory-scape Mindfulness

12 February 2014

Chris Mitchell author of the new book Mindful Living with Asperger’s Syndrome reflects on how mindfulness practices can help individuals with Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) overcome anxieties and sensory issues. One of the purposes of mindfulness practice is to tune one into the present moment, this includes taking note of sensations that are arising...

Applying Mindfulness to the Strengths and Qualities of Asperger’s Syndrome

20 January 2014

Chris Mitchell author of the new book Mindful Living with Asperger’s Syndrome reflects on how mindfulness practices can help individuals with Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) recognise their strengths. Mindfulness techniques, including meditation and yoga stretches, are known to yield great benefits to those who experience depression and anxiety, including people diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome....

The Continual Moment of Life with Asperger’s Syndrome

5 December 2013

Chris Mitchell author of the new book Mindful Living with Asperger’s Syndrome reflects on how mindfulness practices can help individuals embrace living in the current moment. An aspect of living with Asperger’s Syndrome that I feel I have gradually begun to notice and appreciate more through mindfulness practice, (that the effects of anxiety presented by...

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