`Introducing Mindfulness - A Practical Guide' does exactly what it says on the tin! Watt gives us a straightforward, thorough guide to mindfulness based around practical exercises. Naturally Watt introduces Mindfulness, giving an overview of what it is and what it entails. She also addresses key points that each individual needs to think about before beginning mindfulness.
Watt has structured this book so that it introduces you to mindfulness through the practices themselves. Once Watt has introduced Mindfulness and prepared the reader, each chapter then focuses around a different aspect, detailing the reasoning behind it, addressing naturally occurring questions and thoughts, as well as fully explaining the steps to complete the practice.
Where necessary Watt provides the reader with space to write, whether that be a place to write answers to the questions proposed within the text or simply a note of thoughts and feelings. This practice is useful not just to keep a record but also to engage and encourage the reader, drawing them into the practices fully.
Watt's approach seems to encompass all that a beginner to mindfulness would require. She covers a wide range of areas, all delivered at an accessible level for someone new to mindfulness. If you're worried of being swamped by the strange techniques or psycho-jargon don't be! Watt uses simple, direct language, making it easy to follow. There is no need to have any prior knowledge on the subject before reading this book.
However, from an academic standpoint, Watt doesn't include any supporting research or psychological explanations. If you're interested in the psychoanalyses and the specific whys and hows of mindfulness this book won't cover it.