So...what is MINDFULNESS? It's not just sitting on the floor om-ing. It's getting off the hamster wheel of our ping-ponging thoughts and paying attention to, and appreciating, everyday existence. The payoff can be life-chaging!
Mindfulness is a major buzzword these days, but the concept has been around for millennia. Everyone from the Buddha to John the Baptist to Gandhi has embraced its life-changing principles. However, they didn't face the challenges we do, namely 40-plus hour a week jobs (plus the commute), the responsibilities of relationships and parenthood, not to mention the distractions of TV, social media and a nonstop news cycle.
This book helps the reader take a step back and look at the many reasons a more mindful life is worth the effort, including physical and mental benefits, greater focus, tolerance, self-control, emotional intelligence and a boost to the immune system. The book helps getting started on the path to being more mindful, starting with things that are derailing someone’s best intentions from a cluttered house to being overwhelmed with negative emotions.
While mediation can be a key component of mindfulness, don't think that means you'll be stuck sitting cross-legged for hours on end: This guide offers lots of tips for easing into it. And there are many other forms of mindfulness to explore, from the way we eat and exercise, to establishing a gratitude practice and daily journaling.
This book also provides journaling prompts that assist in the journey to self-discovery and mindfulness. Finally, hand’s on craft, activity and drawing exercises will help keep the reader zen by bringing his or her best self to the surface.
A native Chicagoan, Anne Marie O’Connor is a writer and editor who specializes in health, fitness and nutrition. Her work has been published in Shape, Fitness, Prevention, Health.com, In Style, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, New York Magazine, Allure, Life & Style, Manhattan, Marie Claire, Vogue.com, WWD, Billboard, Essence, Time Out New York and Good Housekeeping. She is also the executive editor of Pilates Style. To stay calm and centered amid the frenzy of New York City, where she now lives, she relies on Pilates, meditation and great friends.