A long, long time ago (like... four years?) I blogged about the practice of mindfulness and how I was trying to work it into my daily life. I was doing pretty well with it for a while, but as tends to happen I got distracted and haven't thought much about it in a while. Awesomely enough, I was recently sent the Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies to review, so I've been back at it! (If you click the link above, you can check out the book's table of contents and first chapter!)
What is mindfulness? The short answer is that it is being entirely in the present moment. Rather than letting your thoughts get tied up in the past or future, you focus on what is happening here and now: the feeling of breath moving through your body, the sensation of your feet hitting the ground as you walk, the actual taste and texture of the food going into your mouth. It can take some practice to get the hang of but when you do, those moments of being fully in the moment are refreshing. Even incorporating a little bit of this practice into your day can have positive effects.
Onto the book! This is a workbook, so it is handy to have some knowledge of what mindfulness is before you dive in. However, it's also a "For Dummies" book, so you can still figure things out pretty well with no prior info.
Random note - The book I received is a British edition, so there are a few spellings and words that made me smile every time they popped up. (Such as "practising" instead of "practicing".) Brits just do it better.
One thing that I love about the For Dummies format is they they break everything down and organize the information. Each chapter has clear objectives, and little symbols to draw your attention to important points.
The "Part of Tens" chapters of lists is always my favorite part of For Dummies books!
There is a LOT of info covered in this book. It includes a basic explanation of mindfulness, tips on mindset for your practice, information about the benefits, and a full 8 week mindfulness course. No wonder I didn't get around to finishing it yet! Yep, unfortunately with all of the craziness around here with my upcoming move and family visiting and lots of illness, I still haven't had the chance to finish reading! (And this review is late. Oops!) I forgot that the fact that it's a workbook filled with exercises means it takes a lot longer to make my way through than if I was just reading a regular book! Lesson learned!
As with any book of this type, there's a big difference between reading it and actually DOING it. The included questions and charts not only help you track your progress, but they offer an easy way to spot patterns and make connections between what you do and the results you get.
As a bonus, the book also includes info on how to download accompanying audio meditations. Especially handy if you're new to meditating and would like to be walked through some exercises!
Have you ever tried mindfulness or any other form of meditation? I'd love to hear about it!
Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received.