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Beth Kurland, Ph.D.
The Transformative Power of Ten Minutes: An Eight Week Guide to
Reducing Stress and Cultivating Well-Being
Beth Kurland, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in practice since 1994, working with people across the lifespan from preschoolers through adults. With a particular passion for and expertise in mindfulness and the mind-body connection, she specializes in using mind-body strategies and other evidenced-based practices with her patients to treat a wide array of issues.
A graduate of Amherst College, she received her doctorate from Clark University, and completed an internship at McLean Hospital and two post-doctoral fellowships, affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Boston. After working for five years in a psychiatric hospital in Rhode Island, she joined an outpatient practice in Norwood, MA where she has been affiliated since 2001.
About this Book
On Beth Kurland's website, in addition to other resources, readers can find specific companion materials to her book, including audio meditations and printable worksheets from the book, that allow readers an opportunity to more fully incorporate the strategies from her book into their daily lives.
What if 10 minutes a day mattered for your overall health, well-being, and ability to experience greater ease and joy through your life? Would you make this time for yourself?
In this practical, hands-on book, clinical psychologist, Beth Kurland, shares her knowledge and expertise gained from over 20 years of experience, and shows you how 10 minutes a day can transform your life. Integrating key findings from multiple fields of psychology and neuroscience, Dr. Kurland uses concise explanations and clear examples to guide you through daily practices that teach you how to implement the many tools she offers.
This book, with its accompanying worksheets and audios, is not just meant to be read, it is meant to be put to use in your life to bring about lasting change.
Designed for the lay person who may not have the time to read many of the other longer and more in-depth self-help books on the market, or who may be looking for a concrete way to implement the ideas from other self-help books, this book is designed to have the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time by offering daily mind-body exercises, based on the latest psychological research and neuroscience, to help readers rewire their minds toward greater well-being.
The practical exercises are designed to be helpful in the work place, at home, in relationships, and in one’s personal life.
Each week’s chapter begins with a goal and intention highlighting the stress management skill that is being taught, followed by insights as to why this goal is important or relevant. Following this are seven daily mind-body exercises using multiple modalities, designed to get new neural pathways to fire, to help wire-in that particular skill. After each exercise is a specific example, showing how that exercise can be applied and how it is relevant in one’s life. There is an accompanying worksheet for each day’s practice, (also available online) making it easy for readers to track what they have noticed each day and to help them become more accountable for following through with each exercise. At the end of each chapter there is a meditation/visualization exercise to help integrate the material from that chapter. A writing exercise encompassing a short affirmation that readers can reflect on daily, and a summary of key take-away points concludes each chapter.
This book helps people make significant positive changes in their lives, one day at a time, through short, daily exercises utilizing principles from Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
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The experience of stress has become a major part of most, if not all, of our lives. Not surprisingly, ongoing stress has a major impact on our emotional and physical well-being, on our relationships with others, on our performance in school or work, and on our sense of contentment. Dr. Beth Kurland has written a very informative, reader-friendly book outlining a practical approach for managing stress and cultivating positive emotions. The strategies she proposes are realistic and ones we can all embrace. Dr. Kurland’s appreciation of and empathy for the difficulties we all face in implementing lifestyle changes, as well as her encouragement for making these changes, are evident on every page of her impressive book. This book will serve as a wonderful resource to be read and re-read as we all strive to lead more resilient lives.”
—Robert Brooks, Ph.D., Faculty (part-time), Harvard Medical School, Co-author
The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life
“Dr. Kurland has mastered the art and science of using psychology for personal transformation. In a world where stress is a mainstay, Kurland eloquently lays out a path to making high impact behavioral changes to cultivate well-being. Her voice, worksheets, and every day examples provide us with just the right dose of inspiration that fits within even the busiest of schedules. This is a low investment, high return program that will be an asset to classrooms, therapy rooms, and everyone’s bookshelf.”
—Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, Behavioral Science Professor, Northeastern University, Author of
Reset: Make the Most of Your Stress, Motivational Book of 2015 Winner
“‘I don’t have time to be mindful!’ We’ve heard about the impact that stress can have on our physical, psychological and social well-being. We’ve also heard that there are techniques we can use to help reduce that impact. Dr. Kurland provides an informative and interactive plan to learn these techniques and integrate them into each day. With useful information, paper and pencil activities and audio guidance, this book can be an extremely useful tool as we cultivate well-being and make the transformation from ‘stressed out’ to a place of personal wellness.”
—Carol Dolan, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
Imprint: WellBridge Books
On Sale: 02/14/2017
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List Price: 25.00 USD
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BISAC2: Psychology/Cognitive Psychology & Cognition
BISAC3: Body Mind Spirit/Mindfulness & Meditation
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Books by Beth Kurland, Ph.D.
Gifts of the Rain Puddle:
and reflections for the mindful soul
The Transformative Power
of Ten Minutes:
An Eight Week Guide to Reducing Stress and Cultivating Well-Being
Awaken to what is most important in your life and be present to the precious, unfolding moments through poems, meditations, and reflections. Gifts of the Rain Puddle will inspire you to experience the fullness of your life—to celebrate the ordinary joys and to be present to what is difficult, with compassion and openness. Its words will encourage you to ask some of the bigger questions that often go unspoken and to celebrate the common humanity we all share. Written by psychologist and mindfulness practitioner, Dr. Beth Kurland, this book contains over 45 poems and 28 journal entry pages with thought provoking, reflective questions to creatively ponder and answer on your own.
Imprint: WellBridge Books
On Sale: October 16, 2017
Trimsize: 5.50 in (w) x 8.50 in (h) 0.32 x in (d)
Pages: 136 / Case quantity: 52
List Price: 12.95 USD
BISAC1: SEL021000 Self-help/Motivational & Inspir.
BISAC2: SEL019000 Self-help/Meditation
BISAC3: POE024000 Poetry/Women Authors
Filled with heartfelt poetry, quotes and questions for reflection, this is a masterwork of practical wisdom, kindness and life’s lessons learned. Beth Kurland shows how mindfulness, innocence, mother-nature, and inner knowing can shape our lives. She shares insights for healing and wellbeing. How to drop the unhelpful stories we tell ourselves. How not to look, but to really see! How a simple breath makes magic of an ordinary day, or serves as a lifeline from stormy seas to safe and sacred ground. How small daily steps lead to a life well lived.”
—Ken Nelson, Ph.D., Senior Director, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA
“With all the grace and wisdom of writers and mindfulness teachers like Mark Nepo, Beth Kurland’s Gifts of the Rain Puddle teaches and supports readers through the direct, experiential authenticity of her poetry. Her lens on human suffering as both a therapist and meditation practitioner makes this book not only a very useful guide to one’s practice of meditation, but a primer on moment-to-moment relating to one’s daily life. Poetry has that power, and in the hands of therapist and meditation teacher Beth Kurland, Gifts of the Rain Puddle goes beyond and behind words and into the light of awareness available in all moments.”
—Mitch R. Abblett, Ph.D., clinical psychologist. Author of: The Heat of the Moment in Treatment, and The Five Hurdles to Happiness (forthcoming)
—Zvi A. Sesling, Author of: The Lynching of Leo Frank
Editor, Muddy River Poetry Review, Poet Laureate, Brookline, MA
“If, as Beth Kurland indicates in the preface, writing is therapeutic, a medicine for the soul, then this book is a treasure for anyone who reads it and takes in its offerings. Interspersed with wise words of her years as a practicing psychologist, Dr. Kurland provides sage advice and succor for readers through her poetry that is instantly accessible and intelligent. This book is a positive step for improving the reader’s outlook on life as well as upgrading daily living.”
—Dr. Stuart Jacoby, Ed.D. Clinical Psychologist
“In Gifts of the Rain Puddle, Beth offers us the opportunity to notice. Utilizing her heartfelt reflections, she invites each of us to take the time to pay attention to life as it unfolds, looking not just at the large events which often draw our attention, but also to seek out the little occurrences we so often miss. Awareness is an active process as we learn, through Beth’s guidance, to take the time to apprehend the world, both allowing it to come to us in effortless awareness and in inactively seeking through noticing, looking, listening, feeling, touching, and tasting the world. Thank you Beth!”
“Beth’s book, Gifts of the Rain Puddle, is a good reminder that we are not alone in our thoughts and feelings. Her poems speak to the realities of being human and provide perspectives that are useful as we experience this thing called life. The guidance she offers helps us consider ourselves and others as we grow. This is one to have on your bookshelf!”
“Beth Kurland’s insightful collection of poetry is a ‘must read’ for anyone seeking transformational personal growth, comfort, and emotional healing. On both a personal and professional level, Dr. Kurland’s poems speak to the heart and soul of humanity.”
—Melysa Friedman, LICSW, clinical social worker
—Jessica Kahan, M.A., Ed.S.