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The Mindful Woman: Gentle Practices for Restoring Calm, Finding Balance, and Opening Your Heart Paperback – April 1, 2008
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With the invaluable help of my husband, Gene, I've been incredibly blessed by writing and the relationships and experiences that have come from it.
Each of us plays many roles, and works in different arenas, during a lifetime. Below are a few roles I've played and some of the work I've done.
ROLES I'VE HAD:
Wife, divorcee, wife again ... still "wife again"
Mom, single mom, stepmom ... once a mom of any kind, always a mom
Grandmother, mentor ... love these roles
Myriad acting roles in community theater
WORK I'VE DONE:
Hospice chaplain, trainer and counselor
Director of a counseling center
High school and adult education teacher
Please see: www.suepattonthoele.com for more information.
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In The Mindful Woman, she first explains how the practice of mindfulness--consciously living in the moment--can enrich our lives. "When consciously and kindly focusing awareness on life as it unfolds minute by precious minute, you are better able to savor each experience." For those who are so over-obligated that they feel as if they are being "nibbled to death by ducks," choosing to focus only on the ducks nibbling in the moment helps alleviate feelings of being overwhelmed.
I have spent way too many days running on autopilot and wondering where the hours went. Now I realize that this kind of "automatic living" is essentially the opposite of mindfulness. Thoele believes there are four basic elements necessary for becoming more mindful: paying attention, living in the moment, simplifying, breathing. I found that her breathing exercises were a wonderful way to rein myself in to the moment and to tame my "monkey mind." Since reading Simple Abundance by Sarah ban Breathnach some years back, I have been on a quest for my authentic self. Therefore, Thoele really grabbed my attention with her assertion: "All you are and can be is within. Your assignment is to pay attention and gently coax your unique authenticity into expression."
For most people, it would not be practical to spend most of their time away on retreat, or to spend hours each day in meditation, in order to achieve a Zen-like state of mindfulness. However, Thoele feels that even a few mindful moments can make a world of difference.Read more ›
If you are a woman like me who often finds herself harried and hurried, this book can be a soothing balm in a very hectic day. Once you learn how valuable it is to live mindfully, rather than mindlessly (which Sue relates very well), any one of the practice sessions she presents will predictably deliver you to a more peaceful state of mind and heart. Mindfulness does take practice and commitment, but it is not difficult to engage at all, as the author demonstrates through delightful vignettes from her own life. Once you get the hang of mindfulness, life takes on a whole new hue. There is so much more joy and appreciation to be found--not to mention fewer stress-filled days!
I really loved this book. I would recommend it to women of all ages, lifestyles, and spiritualities. It has the word "classic" written all over it. I know I will read it myself again and again. I am so glad Sue wrote this for all of us.
I also HIGHLY recommend "The Courage to be Yourself", and "Heart Centered Marriage" by Sue Thoele... books I feel have been overlooked and have SOOOOooooo MUCH to offer... reading them has changed & transformed my life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read several of Sue Patton Thoele's books and always love her writing and down to earth-ness! She allows for our "humanness" while at the same time gently prods us to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jackie Foskett
This "Mindul Woman: Gentle Practices for Restoring Cal, Find Balance: is a very useful, relaxing & calming to my heart, mind & soul reading.Published 11 months ago by Mary Jo Gramann
Haven't read this yet but I'm sure I will get as much out of this book as I have from all of her other ones. This woman has helped me get through a very stressful time in my life.Published 12 months ago by Windy
It just wasn't what I expected from the description. I was looking more for a guide and workbook with a lot of exercises on being mindful. Read morePublished 12 months ago by gina andaloro
This book would be great for a beginner, however I have been studying mindfulness for some time(before this recent trend) I did find out how far that I have come, but otherwise It... Read morePublished 13 months ago by summer Pisar
I love this book. I carry it with me and read random pages throughout my day. Thank you so much for writing it.Published 14 months ago by Ruth Rondon