We are now experiencing what is being called 'the mindfulness revolution', as increasingly people become aware of the benefits of mindfulness in all aspects of daily life. Mindful Relationships focuses on individuals, couples, families, groups and businesses to provide a practical guide for using mindfulness to enrich relationships and more effectively manage the stresses associated with dispute resolution and conflict. The authors clearly and engagingly explore how we can use mindfulness to:
Develop a more compassionate, friendly relationship with ourselves and others
Increase awareness of our own and others'relational patterns
Calm and soothe our emotions and be there for others
Communicate more effectively
Enhance connection and empathy
Reduce defensive patterns, allowing for more authenticity, and
Work effectively within families and larger systems such as workplaces.
Case studies are included throughout to highlight key principles, as well as practical exercises to enable the reader to develop their mindfulness skills. Mindful Relationships isn't just for the mindfully initiated, it's a practical guide that will enhance the quality of life of all it's readers.
Dr. Richard Chambers is an AHPRA-endorsed clinical psychologist and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. His published books included Mindful Learning, with Shambhala, and Mindful Relationships and The Art of Mindful Origami with Quarto/Exisle, and numerous journal articles. He is regularly interviewed by mainstream media and consults for a growing number of businesses, sports clubs, healthcare organizations and educational institutions. Richard is spearheading a world-first, university-wide mindfulness initiative at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He also provides mindfulness coaching sessions to help people cope with pressure, anxiety, conflict, improving their work/life balance, and other ways to make life more enjoyable. As a mindfulness consultant, Richard works with businesses, institutions, and communities who want to enhance well-being, productivity, leadership and learning. He is also one of the developers of Smiling Mind, a free mindfulness app with nearly 4 million downloads.
Margie Ulbrick is a collaborative family lawyer, relationship counsellor, psychotherapist and writer. Trained in Family Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Law and Collaborative Practice, she has many years' experience working to help people create sustaining and nurturing relationships and work towards maximizing optimum health in families. As a relationship counsellor, Margie works with couples, individuals and families, and teaches the skills of mindfulness to assist in promoting healthy relationships. In her roles as a collaborative family lawyer and communications coach, she works to create the best possible outcome for families going through separation and divorce. Margie's articles have been published on websites and in journals, newspapers and magazines.