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Mindfulness (A Merloyd Lawrence Book) Paperback – January 22, 1990
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I got a bit bogged down in the experiments however, I quickly realized and appreciated the impotance of sharing them as they added a fuller understanding of the each of the topics being considered in each particular chapter.
Dr. Ellen Langer will greatly expand your understanding of the mind-body connection, when-why-how you go through life on auto-pilot using the directions that were programmed into you during your formative years.
It explained for me why I see things differently than others as I typically and deeply see, hear and feel things around me that others do not even notice. Often, especially in the past, I was told, that because others do not see things mindfully, I must be imagining things or that I am too sensitive only to discover a short time later that I was right all along. This book has helped me understand that often I operate in a mindfullness mode.
I loved the chapter on health. It confirmed what I have been teaching for years. You "Question Everything" when you go to the doctor. You do not go to the doctor and relinquish your responsibility for your own health.
My goal in teaching my classes on How We Beat Diabetes is to share what my husband and I did in 2003 to literally beat the type 2 diabetes that he suffered with for over 25 years. Even more impotant I want to help people understand what is going on in their bodies, how positive thinking can change the course of their condition, and how they can and must become empowered patients and a proactive partner with their doctor in their own healthcare! It amazes me how many people place their lives into the hands of another person without ever knowing that the course you are given is truly the right one for you. Research your condition and ask, ask, ask questions.
Dr. Langer and I speak the same language and I truly appreciate her wisdom in this book.
I became familiar with Langer's work only through articles that appeared occasionally in the New York Times. I am guilty of thinking, often, that any person featured there is the very best __________ (fill in the blank). I am often disappointed. But not this time.
I have been an on and off (with long periods of off) meditator for 20 years, and I can say with certainty: 1. I never liked it 2. I found this book to be infinitely more helpful with regard to catching my own self defeating patterns.
While this isn't a how-to book, and it doesn't include a list of steps towards Langer's definition of mindfulness (which I should mention is different from Buddhism's in many ways), I immediately learned life-changing strategies for coping with every day stress; I also realized that some of the things in the book, I already do, which offered some insight into why I am resilient in some ways and not in others. To wit, I saw my own psychological traps. This book makes you see the whole world differently, in fact, and I don't think that is an exaggeration.
My criticism of the book lies in the descriptions of some of the experiments, which are boring at best but some of them I just could not comprehend how the conclusions were drawn. A lot of these experiments just didn't make sense to me, and I would have preferred that the methodology only be included in footnotes, not the actual body of the book. In my opinion, the book would be far more interesting to hear Langer expound upon her theories and insights from her research.
Overall, however, this is a phenomenal work, and I cannot imagine that the information here would not be beneficial to everyone, regardless of life stage -- very old or young or some place in between.
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