From Suffering to PeaceBy: Mark Coleman


The True Promise of Mindfulness

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“This book reveals how mindfulness enables us to manifest our full potential for living from an awakened heart and mind. Mark Coleman’s writing is fresh and engaging, deep and inspiring!”
— Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
“In turbulent times, we must develop inner peace from the inside out — and Mark Coleman shows us how. Step-by-step, like a wise friend who is also a world-class teacher, he offers practical tools and penetrating insights for lasting well-being in a changing world. Full of encouragement and heart, this book has great depth and breadth, and it is a sure guide to that highest happiness, peace.”
— Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
“This book is a direct transmission of wisdom from one of the most well-respected dharma teachers in the field. His ability to integrate kindness into traditional practices of mindfulness, insight, and equanimity is a true gift, and this book is sure to transform the lives of many.”
— Kristin Neff, PhD, associate professor in the department of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin
“Mark Coleman’s wise and clear words draw on his decades of experience teaching mindfulness meditation. From Suffering to Peace is an excellent guide to the depth and breadth of these ancient practices, giving a clear path to bring these principles into every facet of your life. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in deepening their understanding of mindfulness.”
— Troy Aikman, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and FOX Sports broadcaster
“As popular as mindfulness has become in the culture, many do not realize that it’s more than simply a way to reduce stress. It’s a profound practice that leads to the highest states of awakening and freedom. Mark Coleman has written an invaluable book that expands the simpler applications of mindfulness practice to reveal its full potential. In addition to giving the reader a clear understanding of the power of mindfulness, From Suffering to Peace offers a treasure trove of practices that allow the reader to develop and realize its true promise. A real gem!”
— James Baraz, coauthor of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness and cofounding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA
“From Suffering to Peace provides a beautifully clear wide-angle lens on the transformative power of mindfulness in our daily lives. In the same way that he has explored and loved the natural world, through his many years of practice and teaching Mark Coleman has discovered the inner beauty and spaciousness of our hearts and minds. In this comprehensive work, Mark shares the many insights and practices that so deeply inform its title.”
— Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening
“Mark Coleman’s new book was a revelation for me, even after having a meditation practice for nearly three decades. While I’ve often thought of mindfulness as a means of turning off my brain, Mark helped me see it’s more about turning on my awareness, which can often act as a gatekeeper for reactivity and judgment. Reading this book will help open the door to your growth and freedom.”
— Chip Conley, New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Equations and hospitality entrepreneur
“From Suffering to Peace is a comprehensive and accessible look at mindfulness practices that lead to living wisely and with peace. This is an important, useful, and thoughtful book for the often chaotic and distracting times in which we live.”
— Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
“This is as clear, comprehensive, and practical a guide as you will ever find for fully understanding and integrating the power of mindfulness into every aspect of your life. Drawing on wisdom and insights from decades of experience as a meditation practitioner and mindfulness teacher, Mark Coleman offers the reader life-changing tools that promote flourishing, lasting peace of mind and freedom. In a meaningful and heartful way, this book delivers on the ‘true promise of mindfulness’ and may well change your life.”
— Rich Fernandez, PhD, CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and former director of executive education at Google
“Like mindfulness itself, this book is helpful and kind. It is straightforward, comprehensive, and wise.”
— Jack Kornfield, coauthor of A Path with Heart and cofounding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA
“Mark Coleman, a deeply experienced and kind mindfulness teacher and practitioner, has written yet another clear, accessible, and inviting book. He warmly invites readers to bring mindfulness — the genuine practice and not its watered-down, popularized versions — into all aspects of their lives, by addressing misunderstandings, showing ways around obstacles, and revealing its power in dozens of compelling examples. Mark has brought us a wonderful, refreshing, inspiring, and very personal text that will be useful for many people, new and experienced, on the path from suffering to peace.”
— James Flaherty founder of New Ventures West and Integral Coaching
“This eloquent and brilliant compendium is astounding! Mark Coleman has the bravery and deep wisdom to tackle complex and challenging topics — such as the true nature of mind habits, stress, relationships, aging, and loss — bringing clarity and ease to them. He guides us, through embodied attention, to easily access the ‘jewel of awareness’ within us. Mark helps us shift out of our default state of self-absorption to experience joy within a quieter, more peaceful mind. You will find in these pages precious life lessons from Mark’s journey and from the many students whose lives he has touched and guided over thirty-five years.”
— Elissa Epel, PhD, professor and mindfulness researcher at University of California San Francisco and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
“From Suffering to Peace offers the wisdom of reflection, the effectiveness of years of teaching, and the rigor of deep personal practice to help guide us toward greater happiness and well-being. This illuminating book invites us into a new way of living that has the power to transform our individual and collective lives.”
— Shauna Shapiro, PhD, professor at Santa Clara University
“Mark Coleman is a wise, kind, and compassionate teacher. This new offering will be very helpful for both new and experienced practitioners.” — Bob Stahl, PhD, coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook “This comprehensive guide to mindfulness rounds out the field in an extraordinary way. Moving far beyond mindfulness as a stress reduction technique, it shows us the depth and breadth of mindfulness teachings — including how they can make an impact in the world. Highly recommended for all practitioners.”
— Diana Winston, director of mindfulness education at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, author of The Little Book of Being , and coauthor of Fully Present
“A true synthesis of ancient wisdom for our modern times. Mark Coleman has succeeded in assimilating and then sharpening the lens on inner awareness that can ripple out into our daily living. A potent balance of explanation with real-life practices, this book will be a go-to for my own studentship and teaching for years to come.”
— Janet Stone, Stone Yoga School, based in San Francisco
“Mark Coleman’s newest book on finding peace is medicine for our times. With engaging stories and potent teachings/practices, these pages abound with love and wisdom. I have a new favorite to recommend to students.”
— Sarah Powers, author of Insight Yoga
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