Interview with Khin Thwin

What's the story behind your latest book?
In this modern world, we are facing everyday with traumatic stress, suffering and fear due to many problems. To cope with these we need to resort to the healing techniques like CBT and mindfulness meditation that will lead to right thoughts and views. In light of these facts, this book was written to impart knowledge to the people how to deal with their mental problems and the sufferings so that they can lead a happy , healthy and stress-free life.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
(1) Smashwords contributed to my success with its very reliable Style Guide .
(2) Smashwords made me easy in dealing with publishing right and copyright .
(3) Smashwords facilitated me to update my ebook anytime with no cost.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
(1) To write something that the people find it hard to understand
(2) To write something concise and short to the point
(3) To write something to give a major breakthrough in one's precious life
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Meditation, walking, listening to meditation talks, watching TV on local and world news and internet surfing
How do you approach cover design?
I have to get help from my daughter who is an interior designer.
What do you read for pleasure?
Meditation and Health
Who do you want to acknowledge ?
I would like to acknowledge that the outcome of this book is because of the driving forces partly from the meditation talks delivered by the famous Buddhist monks especially Dr Nandamalabhivamas, Rector, International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University, YANGON, Myanmar and partly from the knowledge that MBSR ( Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction ) programs are being run successfully by universities, hospitals and clinics in many countries like USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and some parts of Asia.
What are you doing when you get mental distress ?
At the time of mental distress and suffering, people used to resort straight to some kind of sensual pleasures such as drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs or sleeping pills as a means of escape.. In fact they are just finding easy and immediate way of getting relief instead of addressing the root cause of the problem. What we should do is to search for an exit of the unhealthy mind by applying the mindfulness meditation technique.
How are you going to use earnings from the book ?
My portion of the sales proceeds from the book will go to donations and the charitable work related to research and development of mindfulness meditation and the investigation of its health benefits.
How do you understand suffering ?
The scope of suffering is quite broad. Birth, old age , illness , death , association with those we do not love , separation from those we love, not getting what we desire , anything that changes and anything relating to mind and body are sufferings.
Published 2014-12-13.
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Books by This Author

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Combined With Sustainable Mindfulness Meditation ( DIY Approach )
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
This short paper highlights the underlying principle of the mindfulness meditation technique and how it connects to cognitive behavioral therapy. The mindfulness meditation which is not a religion is a healing process to cope with traumatic stress and suffering due to illness and disabilities, emotional abuse, violence, relationship breakdown, natural disaster, and the death of a loved one.