Working the Present, Mindfully Based

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 Zindel V. Segal, Ph.D., author of

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression,

has endorsed this book:

In Working the Present, Mindfully Based, Donald Fleck succeeds in staying true to the intentions of MBCT while adapting it for use in individual therapy.  The book can be used with clients who have serious mindfulness meditation practices as well as those just getting started, as Fleck has taken many of the core elements of MBCT — the 3-Minute Breathing Space, Kindness and Self-Compassion, Working with Difficulty, Allowing/Letting Be, Thoughts are not Facts, Kindness in Action — and found ways to use them effectively within the basic dyadic encounter.

Packed with clinical vignettes and a user friendly narrative structure, Working the Present, Mindfully Based, provides a clear path towards offering this novel delivery format for MBCT’s key concepts and practices.
Zindel V. Segal, Ph.D., Author of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression 

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Pressed for time? Here’s the executive summary…

  1. Aware – We increase our awareness of the present. When we are present, we perceive more, we perceive differently. When our clients are aware, they have stepped out of automatic pilot.
  1. Allow – When we practice allowing our experience to continue, without chasing after it, or running away from it, we find we have more strength to work with it. Same thing for our clients.
  1. Accept – When we accept our experience as it is, just for now, or go a step further and accept ourselves, our energy can move from resistance to relief and finding solutions. Same for our clients.
  1. Act – When ready, we act. Our actions propel us forward in life. Getting the next action right is really important. This is how change starts. This is how change continues. With awareness, allowing, and acceptance we are grounded and better able to choose helpful actions. Clients, too.

© Donald Fleck 2015

Why this book?

Mindfulness-Based therapies are getting a lot of attention these days, to say the least, and they are very effective in a group format. But clients meeting one-on-one expect sessions geared to their unique needs.

So, over the years I have sought out new ways to use the powerful elements of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy within the individual session. They are explained in this book.

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Day for Mindfulness, Brooklyn Heights Library – Saturday June 13


Dear Reader,
Please come to a Day for Mindfulness Saturday, June 13 in the Brooklyn Heights Library. Feel free just to attend the first part, 10:15-13:30.
This day offers mindfulness in the tradition of Jon-Kabat Zinn and other secular teachers who broadened the practice of meditation for all. It also includes a secular implementation of many years of practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.
This will be a day to relax, move our attention from thoughts of the past and the future and into the present, where there is more right with us than wrong with us. 
We will learn ways to really enrich our experience of the present, to wake up to the beautiful things going on around us and in us, much of the time. The day is open to all, so please bring family and friends. We will approach all material from the point of view of the beginner; new and experienced meditators are fully welcome.
We will meet at the beautiful Cadman Plaza branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in Brooklyn Heights, 280 Cadman Plaza West, from 10:15 – 3:45.
All events at the library are free. There will be not even be a request for donations. 
If you can only come for 2 hours, that’s wonderful. I’ve organized the day in 3 segments,
10:15 – 12:30    Welcome, meditations on body, breath, sounds and thoughts 
12:30 –   1:45    Mindful eating in the community
 1:45 –    3:45    Mindfulness meditation on thoughts and feelings
If you can only come to one segment, please come to the first, as that will put the others in context.
The library opens at 10:00 – come early if you can. The library provides comfortable chairs. If you wish, please bring your own cushion and blanket.
The library is at 280 Cadman Plaza West. Nearby subways are the A,C, 2, 3, 4, 5, R and F. We will be in the meeting room on the main floor. (It is to your right after you enter the library.)
Questions: contact me: 917 202-5148 or
Looking forward to a nurturing day,  Donald
    1. Map of Brooklyn Heights Library
  1. Address: 280 Cadman Plaza W, Brooklyn, NY 11201