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Tessa Watt
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5 Jan 2012 Introducing...
Mindfulness is growing in popularity as a technique which teaches us to appreciate our life. This Practical Guide explores how to listen to your body to reduce stress and anxiety in all areas of your life; how to focus better at work by becoming more aware of what is happening in the present, and how to enjoy life more by bringing mindfulness into everyday actions. Free of jargon but full of straightforward advice, case studies and step-by-step instructions, this is the perfect concise start to making you happier, more focused and stress-free.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848312555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848312555
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 11.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tessa Watt teaches mindfulness and is co-director of Being Mindful, which offers mindfulness training for the public and in organisations. She is a founding director of Slow Down London, a project encouraging city-dwellers to challenge the cult of speed and appreciate the world around us.


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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction 31 July 2012
By Samten
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This is an excellent little book. Written in a simple and straight-forward style it introduces the reader to a number of practical mindfulness exercises and gives sufficient background information to make sense of the practices. Unlike many other books on the same subject, it acknowledges that there are sometimes obstacles to practice and it nicely addresses these. The author has many years of practical experience which shows in the clarity of the writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mr
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I bought Tessa Watt's book on Kindle in 2012 around the same time as I bought Professor Mark Williams & Danny Penman's book on Mindfulness A Practical Guide to Peace in a Frantic World.
At the time I bought the latter in paperback as it came with a CD which I copied onto my phone to help listen to the meditation tracks in my busy lifestyle. Mark William's book is an absolute godsend, I am still using the meditation tapes to this day to help me cope with all kinds of difficulties in my life and stay calm. People asked me how come I am so resilient.
Tessa Watt's book is OK as far as it goes but I didn't find anything in this book which Mark Williams did not cover better. I now bought his book again as a present. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction 2 Oct 2012
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This is easy to read and has a down to earth explanation of what mindfulness is. There are simple practical exercises to follow that require little effort to slot into the day as the emphasis is on bringing everday experiences to a very conscious level. Reducing multi-tasking can be tricky though!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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`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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money 5 July 2013
By Banner
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Neat little book that explains the basics very well. You may not need another book. This series of books is very good all round.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smart, useful book 20 Feb 2013
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Easy to understand and follow. Short and sweet way to understand mindfulness. Would recommend to anyone who needs an introduction to mindfulness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful introduction to mindfulness. 25 Jan 2013
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Having a lifelong professional interest in psychological self help, I bought this to enhance my awareness.
It is very readable and will suit anyone searching for ways to chill out and relax. We all get bogged down with mental irrelevancies at times, using this basic technique ca help. Give it a try!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginners Book 23 Nov 2013
By LE
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A really useful beginners Mindfulness book. Not too expensive and a nice size to keep in your bag. Overall, an easy uncomplicated read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book. I suffer with ptsd and I have really found the book to do me some good.
Published 1 month ago by andy brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin
Ms Watt's book is for the person who has decided to try out mindfulness - not read great books about it and make it an intellectual exercise about learning an ancient tradition. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bibu
5.0 out of 5 stars a treasure trove of a book
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide is exactly what it says - practical. This simple and easy to read book has lots of excellent suggestions for mindfulness exercises, so if one... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lillybet7
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Practical , no nonsense guide to the basics of mindfulness. Well worth a read . A good start for anyone who is interested in the subject.
Published 2 months ago by ian walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice clear little book,
Nice clear little book, I learnt a lot and would recommend it.Came promptly.Something you can read on the train and take your time with. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Simmo
4.0 out of 5 stars A new way of life
Clear, simple and very helpful. The book introduces a new way of life. It could give more of the science behind the method but as it is, it is a good practical guide.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars very clearly written
A totally practical guide, a good format and an easy progression through the ideas. Only thing which jarred a little were the 'Do it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Daphne
4.0 out of 5 stars Better on kindle
Had a library copy - very "run of the mill" introductory section.
Found it easier to get beyond this & scan through it on kindle.
Published 12 months ago by Roy from Alti
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
Love this little book. Very informative and easy to understand. Hopefully it will start me on the right track, to make me the person I want to be.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Cindy M Vickers
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