One of the books I just finished reading is Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World written by Mark Williams and Danny Penman.
Jon Kabat -Zinn provides an introduction to the book, “The world is all a buzz nowadays about mindfulness and this is a wonderful thing because we are sorely lacking if not starving for some elusive but necessary element in our lives.” The 8-week program that Mark and Danny have designed is evidence-based, arising out of the curricula of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). The book offers an excellent exploration of the practice of Mindfulness.
The link to the website is http://franticworld.com/ . You will find many free resources to guide you through some of the mindfulness practices. My personal favorite taken from the book is an 8-minute mindfulness practice of body and breath to help you tune into the sensations of your body. This practice invites you to pause and consciously release any tension and stress from your body. This body scan allows to you relate to your body in a healthy way that is firmly rooted in the present moment.
Surely you can pause and take 8 minutes out of the 1,440 minutes of your day to rebalance.
I highly recommend this straightforward and helpful book to anyone who wants to live life with more equanimity. Remember, just reading the book and saying, “Oh yes, I’ll be more mindful in my life now” won’t exactly help. You’ll need the discipline to put it into practice and know that mindfulness requires a strong commitment. As with any new skill, approach it with a growth mindset. I wish you success in this endeavor.
Integrate more mindfulness into your you life, practice daily, and remember to breathe.
Neila Steele & Andy Vasily