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Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday Paperback – September 11, 2018
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Calm the mind and begin the path to finding peace with these simple mindfulness meditations
Mindfulness is an evidence-based method for reducing stress and anxiety, enhancing resilience, and maintaining mental well-being. Even short meditations can turn a bad day around, ground us in the present moment, and help us approach life with gratitude and kindness. Practicing Mindfulness was created by the founder of One Mind Dharma. He developed these 75 essential exercises to offer practical guidance for anyone who wants to realize the benefits of mindful meditation.
This book includes:
- EVIDENCE-BASED ADVICE: Find expert advice on dealing with distorted or wandering thoughts and how to handle mental blocks.
- MEDITATIONS THAT GROW WITH YOUR CONFIDENCE LEVEL: Early meditations in Practicing Mindfulness take just 5 minutes and are highly accessible. As they progress, exercises grow with the reader, building on previous lessons to develop a transformative mindfulness practice.
- MEDITATIONS TO HELP IN SPECIFIC SITUATIONS: With meditations designed for specific situations or emotions, even experienced practitioners who have trained their mind will have a continuing resource for mindfulness at every moment.
Begin a journey of peace and patience today on the path to a calmer, more balanced life with Practicing Mindfulness.
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Cultivate happiness and calm with mindfulness meditations
Mindfulness is a proven method for finding calm and reducing stress. Practical guidance from the founder of One Mind Dharma will help build or enhance an ongoing mindfulness practice.
The Wandering Mind
The natural tendency of the mind is to wander. Even the most accomplished meditators have wandering minds! The brain was designed to process information; it’s just doing its job. Rather than seeing this as a problem, approach it as an opportunity to strengthen your mindfulness. Try to bring forgiveness, curiosity, and patience to these moments, and whenever your mind wanders, bring it back to the breath.
Finding the Breath / Time: 5 minutes
The body is always breathing, and the breath is constantly moving. Your breath is not only the best place to start; it’s a constant you can return to anytime you need a little centering.
In this first practice, you will gently find the breath in the body. There is nothing to figure out, there are no problems to solve, and there’s nothing special you need to do.
Constantly return to your direct experience of the body breathing. You are training the mind to be with one experience without distraction.
"Written with great clarity and care, Matthew Sokolov's book is an excellent tutorial in learning how to begin and sustain a mindfulness practice and meditation in one's life.”―Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Real Love
"The best thing about Practicing Mindfulness is that it is practice based. Rather than espousing theories of why we should be mindful, Matthew artfully shows is precisely how. The practices within are clear, easy to learn, and easy to remember. This way we can use them when we need them! I would recommend this book to anyone new to meditation and to those who are experienced meditators."―Darren Littlejohn, author of The 12-Step Buddhist, http://the12stepbuddhist.com
"Habits are difficult to change. Our ways of behaving and thinking become ingrained in our neural networks, and this often causes us to act without forethought or reflection. But there is a space between stimulus and response, and by practicing mindfulness, we can increase the space between the two. This is where Matthew Sockolov's book comes in. Practicing Mindfulness demystifies mindfulness practice, and is a wonderful―and necessary―addition to existing literature."―Sonnee D. Weedn, Ph.D.
About the Author
Meditation came into Matthew's life as a teenager struggling with his mental health and drug addiction. The practices of compassion, mindfulness, and loving-kindness helped him face his difficulties and grow through his young adulthood. His passion lies in investigating the ancient teachings of the Buddha, and how they are relevant to our modern life.
- Publisher : Althea Press; 1st edition (September 11, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 210 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1641521716
- ISBN-13 : 978-1641521710
- Reading age : 5 years and up
- Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2018
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A book that uses a different approach for meditation ideas is Eckhart Tolle's "Stillness Speaks". That book is just filled with short phrases or paragraphs about a particular idea that you can meditate on. Also the spiritual teachings in Eckhart's book are much deeper. These kinds of books of aphorisms/sutras are a little more open ended and less restrictive, more suitable as a meditation guide I think.
I might still use this Practicing Mindfulness book if I'm looking to do something different, but I don't think that book seems to be more intended to appeal to the average person and less on spiritual awakening.
So if your new to this and want an easy to read go to guide on how to better handle your emotions that works with your busy schedule then this is the book for you!!!
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The book just gives you ideas of things to meditate on. So yep not great and having page of paper with 5 sentences is a waste of a perfectly good tree