May 9, 2011

Mindfulness Revolution (Book Review)

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:14 pm by DivineShantiYoga

Add this book to my “top 10 favorites”; Mindfulness Revolution, written by a collection of authors and edited by Barry Boyce and Shambhala Sun. I’ve just finished this one, and what makes it one of my favorites is the fact that each chapter is written by a different author, teacher, artist, psychologist or scientist. Each contributor displays their personal experience or expertise in the realm of mindfulness, and shows simply how to incorporate this practice into our daily lives.

Mindfulness meditation practice is tapping into our innate ability to be completely present and aware of what we are doing, what sensations we feel, and where our thoughts are. It is being aware, without judgment. This practice teaches us how to fully live in the moment, with all of its treasures, instead of living our lives on “auto-pilot.” From this, our world opens up to such inner and outer beauty, as the realization of how delicious our every experience blossoms. Practicing mindfulness meditation can release stresses, generate greater gratitude, and make us more aware of our interconnectedness to one another and to our earth.

I believe that in our day and age, these basic lessons of practicing mindfulness is much needed to bring greater awareness to how simplicity and joy enters our every moment, and how we can be more mindful of our impact upon each other and the earth we share. The title makes this message perfect. Enjoy this excellent read, with authors such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron, Daniel Seigel, MD, Joseph Goldstein, and even His Holiness, The Fourteenth Dalai Lama.

Chapters include basic mindfulness instructions, and how to incorporate this practice into every day; while eating, shopping, cooking, living with chronic pain, healing from trauma, parenting, and even being mindful in our ever-changing world of digital technology. This is one of those books where you can pick it off the shelf, or keep at hand in your kindle at any time to read a chapter as a “happy reminder” that we are surrounded by simple joy by living life.

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