I think most people underestimate the power of mindfulness. After my spouse died unexpectedly, mindfulness was a very basic technique just to keep me in the "here and now" and not dwell on "whys and what-ifs." You don't have to have a life shattering event to reap the benefits from Beth's guide. She is straightforward and compassionate and provides several different options for starting the practice of mindfulness. As Beth points out our minds are busy and often distract us from our true intentions and goals. Learning and incorporating this profoundly useful concept is life changing. It is a simple concept that takes devotion only to ourselves; then we can have a truly empowered life. Beth, thank you for this beautiful gift. It was a wonderful reminder for me and gave me brilliant exercises to do with my clients. This is a "must-have" for everyone's library.
Anything that distracts you from the present moment is mind-less-ness but that which gives you peace, harmony and happiness in your life and allows you to achieve higher levels of physical, mental and spiritual well-being is being mindful. Being in a state of distrust, worry, comparing ourselves to to others, the feeling of having more does not come from the present moment be comes from being in the past or looking forward to the future. They are distractions. Your mind, says the author Beth Banning, is like a pinball machine with our thoughts bouncing between all the different things we have to worry and feel concerned about. Getting over this feeling is what this book is all about. Mindfulness Meditation is not like a meditation where the goal is to connect with your inner space and achieve tranquility and disappear within, however Mindfulness Meditation is about increasing our awareness of the here and now and eradicating stress, worry and negative anticipation and to trust our senses and intuition while believing in our own capability to succeed. The author shows us how to look at our goals. What we focus on will grow, she tells us.The section on money which in our Western world is based on a scarcity model and how we can change that with being mindful. is very helpful.
As someone who has practiced meditation off and on for a number of years I was very happy when this came into my e-mail as a free download last week. I knew much of the lessons in the book already but honestly had not been practicing the principles based out of just being plain lazy. Yup, there I said it. I am an energy worker and should not be forgetting the lessons that were in this book. I need to be mindful of what I am doing each day from the simple things like brushing my teeth to walking out to the car.
One of the biggest lessons that I re-learned from this book is the idea of T.H.I.N.K. It is an acronym for how we handle things and what we say in our daily lives
T-Is it true? H-Is it helpful? I-Is it important? N-Is it necessary? K-Is it kind?
I love this acronym and can honestly say I have not been good at keeping this in my heart and using it to gauge how I talk and interact with others. The lessons I have learned (and re-learned) in this book have been very eye opening and I am going to refer to this book often. Thank you Beth Banning for a truly inspiring read!
As a person who is all too often guilty of multi-tasking, letting my mind drift and not "being in the moment" I am really finding the information in this book helpful and doable too.
Author Beth Banning gives some excellent tips that we can all put into practice on a daily basis, to be more mindful of life in the present and not always thinking of other things and missing out on the here and now.
I liked the practical and friendly way these topics are presented. This is good advice than anyone can follow.
I'll be keeping this one on my Kindle for future reference.
Geraldine Helen Hartman author of: Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well.
This book offers a great introduction to the art of bring mindful. I love that so many examples are offered and that they are explained step by step to help even the novice practiced accomplish the activities quickly. The variety of options to still the mind are useful to app,h to alternative personality types and levels of skill in the silencing of the mind. My favorite tip was to actually focus on and notice the experience of eating. I a, quite sure my iPhone and other distractions typically fill up my mind during solitary meals. How powerful to use that time when I must eat alone and practice getting more of what I really want out of life. What captured my attention is that by being mindful "we are more able to more effectively concentrate on the tasks at hand making us more efficient.". Who doesn't need more efficiency in our busy world? As a wealth mentor, I appreciate the inclusion of mindfulness around money included in this book. This, in some form, is the starting point I must take with some of my clients who have not yet developed this level of attention with their financial situations. Those who come to me with this can usually grow much faster and become quickly pleased with the financial transformations they are capable of achieving Crystal Gifford Www.crystalgifford.com