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Life is a torrent which leaves many bruises on our body and mind so I thank the author of this insightful book for giving me the much-needed sense of calmness, focus and awareness in a small space while going to work and back home, which is almost the only time when I can read and relax with a good book.
Living through A BRAVE Year can be a brave act, because allowing ourselves to pause, to be still, undisturbed and not doing something of a greater importance is challenging in this hectic world which forces us to sacrifice our personal mental and spiritual nourishment and growth on the altar of the physical survival.
This is why A BRAVE Year: 52 Weeks Being Mindful isn't a onetime read but the source of fifty-two sessions and classes of mindfulness to be accessed repeatedly. With a brave enough and honest mind to accept and “witness what we discover, inside and out, without turning away or getting caught in the content.”
My awareness of Mindfulness began a couple of years before my retirement a decade ago, in an open psychiatric clinic. It was a new preventive method to aid patients with recurring depression and anxiety. There was, of course, initial scepticism from some staff members, but in time there was full support for the approach, resulting from its success. It was true that some patients weren’t enthusiastic during the introduction of the method, mostly a reluctance to “homework” exercises and associated feedback, though gradually the benefits became apparent.
This manual offers easy-to-follow instructions and a variety of exercises for the (novice or experienced) reader from which to choose. It has surprisingly inspired another effort to minimise my stressful moments in particular.
For, at times, I find it hard to focus on any single task, including my writing.
In short, I have too many projects and the reality of inevitable demise. With patience and deterioration, however, the exercises in this book should hopefully improve the situation.
Without a doubt, mindful meditation has over recent years proven useful in our lives, where stress has become an increasing hazard in the lives of many. I haven’t been a big fan of meditation (or even yoga), but there are benefits to be gained from either.
One of the things I like about exercises in this book is that you can practice them comfortably in various situations, thus eliminating the need for a proper time and place.
I warmly recommend this book “A BRAVE YEAR - 52 weeks of Being” by Gabriel Constans to the curiously-minded, sceptics and experienced practitioners alike.
I've suffered from anxiety all my life. This book will aide me significantly in reducing my day to day anxieties. I've also ordered 2 more books - for my girlfriends.
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Such a great read, hands down! Mindfulness is a way of life. Meditation is a state that embellishes it with a rational sense.Read more