Originally published 2016-06-08: Don’t read and drive Mindfulness for Beginners by Tony Smith
What are you doing right now? Are you reading this post while eating, waiting in line, watching television, or driving? (Please don’t read and drive.)
Or are you reading this post and really understanding all the words? If you’re not, changes are you don’t practice mindfulness.
Mindfulness is “maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment” according to UC Berkeley. If this sounds like a foreign concept to you, you’re not alone.
The first time I heard the term, I thought I knew what it meant. It means “paying attention,” right?
Wrong. You can pay attention to a dozen things at once and not really be seeing, hearing, or feeling them. Pay attention to your phone long enough and you’ll clear out your whole inbox – but can you remember anything you read?
I’m guilty of living mindlessly. I watch movies while I write blog posts or do web design. I play Words with Friends while my son is doing his reading practice. I don’t even drive without something – usually music – keeping my mind occupied. And that comes from modern society.
Busy is good, multitasking is better, and if you’re not doing ten things at once, you’re a slacker.
So when I started reading Mindfulness for Beginners, I was kind of blown away.
Author Tony Smith walks you through the basics of mindfulness practice and gives you simple, effective ways to incorporate these practices into your daily life.
This book is for anybody who goes through life feeling stressed out and overwhelmed by the demands of work, family and social obligations. It is also for anybody who finds that the constant, never-ending hustle and bustle of modern life often results in feeling disconnected and distant from the people and things that are most important in their lives.
This book explains where the practice of mindfulness originated, what it means to be mindful, and how mindfulness can open up your world to less stress, more productivity, and better relationships. From basic mindfulness to all the ways you can practice it, this book is a great self-help starter guide to living in the present moment. There’s a section on eating mindfully, listening mindfully, and even mindful touch during sex. It really covers all the bases.
I never realized how much I let slip by until I started practicing what I was reading in this book; the everyday doesn’t seem so mundane once you open your eyes to everything life has to offer.
Mindfulness for Beginners by Tony Smith gets four of five stars for being eye-opening and informative. The information and exercises in this book have started me on a path of self-exploration, changing attitudes, and creating new habits for success. I recommend it to anyone who wants to do the same.
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