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The Little Book of Mindfulness [Hardcover]

Tiddy Rowan
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7 Nov 2013
'If you try to calm [the mind], it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there's room to hear more subtle things that's when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It's a discipline, you have to practise it.' Steve Jobs

More and more of us are suffering from the stresses and strains of modern life. Mindfulness is an increasingly popular discipline that can not only help alleviate the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression brought on by the pressures of our daily existence but can actually bring calm, joy and happiness into our lives. The practice has found champions in all walks of life from the Search Inside Yourself classes run by Google, to the importance Arianna Huffington puts on mindfulness in the workplace and the schools which are encouraging mindfulness to reduce exam stress.

In The Little Book of Mindfulness, Tiddy Rowan, herself a practitioner for over 30 years, has gathered together a seminal collection of over 150 techniques, tips, exercises, advice, meditations and further resources that will enable people at every level to follow the breath, still the mind and relax the body, whilst generating and boosting a feeling of well-being and contentment that will permeate every aspect of everyday life. The exercises in The Little Book of Mindfulness will lighten the mind and the spirit. The perfect little gift to bring lasting happiness and peace for friends and family.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849494207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849494205
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'With a trillion 'must-dos' whizzing through our brains, peeking at a page of this engaging pocket-sized tome helps calm us down and pep us up.' --Sarah Stacey, You Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 17th November 2013

'Author Tiddy Rowan gathers together a collection of over 150 techniques, tips, exercises, advice, meditations and further resources that will enable people to follow the practice of mindfulness, boosting feelings of wellbeing and contentment in everyday life.' --Your Healthy Living, November 2013

'Being in the moment frees us from past regrets and frantic future planning; it makes us appreciate all that is around us now. This book balances meditations with quotations to make you breathe deeper. 'In the end, three things matter: how well we have lived; how well we have loved; how well we have learned to let you,' says Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield.' --Sainsbury's magazine, February 2014

'With over 150 tips, this book will add a little calm to your morning commute.' --Stylist, 29th January 2014

'Author Tiddy Rowan, a meditation fan for more than 40 years, has put together 150 techniques, tips, exercises and jewels of advice in this little gem of a book, which is small enough to fit in your handbag, however much clutter you've got in there. It's one of those lovely books you can just dip into when you fancy a few wise words. And there are nuggets of wisdom aplenty, including offerings from everyone from Plate to Goldie Hawn. It also includes useful exercises to try in your quest for more mindful living. One of our favourites is how to make each little square of chocolate count by using the 'mindful tasting exercise.' Delicious!' --Spirit & Destiny, February 2014

'An excellent book' --Yoga magazine

About the Author

Tiddy Rowan practised meditation for the first time in 1971 and has been a student ever since. A lifelong interest in all aspects of mind development and the ancient wisdom of such teachers as Lao Tzu, Buddha and other Zen masters, to the current teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh, gives her a broad appreciation of how philosophical, spiritual and secular thinking combine in the practice of Mindfulness. Through a practice of simple techniques lasting but a few minutes each day, she finds an increased sense of calm and awareness, whether living a fast-paced urban life or time-out in a peaceful environment.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quotations and technique tips to dip into 26 Feb 2014
By Robert Hardie VINE VOICE
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This is a pocket sized, hard back book. It is made up of lots of quotations and sayings related to mindfulness. These are interspersed with tips and exercises to enhance your practice. You could read it from cover to cover, but it is more suited to being something you dip into to get some inspiration or nugget of information to enhance your mindfulness practice. It contains a surprising amount of material for a small book. Being hard backed means it is built to travel with you, so sit in your pocket and be ready to open and give you words to make you think, to encourage you and to help you in your day to day meditation. It would make a superb gift for someone you know who meditates. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The little half-full book of mindfulness. 28 April 2014
By International Cowgirl VINE VOICE
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'Little' is the operative word here. This is a teeny, tiny book, although the elegant cover and handy ribbon place marker combine to make it a fairly expensive-looking teeny, tiny book (if you're purchasing this for a present). The book's entire concept can be summed up by the opening page: 'When you are on a journey [...] the only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That's all there ever is.'

This is a book you'll want to dip into, rather than read from cover to cover. Some pages have denser text than others (page 94, for instance, consists of the rather oddly punctuated words: 'Breathe – and – smile!') and it's worth noting that, teeny tiny though it is, this book contains a lot of blank space for your buck. There are tips on meditation and inspirational quotes from Einstein and Mother Teresa, among others, and lots of tidbits about what, exactly, mindfulness is (sort of 'being in the moment', I think). Some tips, of course, are more helpful than others. 'Spend a day accepting yourself' is a great tip, yes, but I'm none the wiser about how I'm meant to achieve it. This one, however – a quote from Lin Yutang – I've got down to a fine art: 'If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.' Good-ish, but not great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep Breaths Now.... 13 Mar 2014
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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In 'The Little Book Of Mindfulness' (and it is indeed a tiny tome) Tiddy Rowan
delivers some sweet thoughts and a gentle model for tackling stress in the
modern world as it races by and through us, one moment imperceptibly following
another, in a whirl of thought and unconnected emotion. Tiddy wants us to make
time for ourselves; to take notice of what is happening right here, right now,
unencumbered and uninterrupted by the million woes and what-have-yous that
threaten to overwhelm us; emptying our busy minds of both past and future.

'Mindfulness' is a quasi-meditative process by which, through a disciplined
process of slow measured breathing, permits us to take stock of our experience
as it is lived; taking notice of the small things happening around and within us
and excluding, through practice, unwanted or unhelpful thoughts. It seems to
be catching on like wildfire, perhaps because it is neat and manageable and
can fit into almost any part of the day. The UK National Institute of Clinical
Excellence (NICE) seems to have approved the techniques transposed to
'Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy' for the treatment and prevention of
depression but the ideas would certainly also have meaningful application in
everyday life. It's all about taking time out and treating yourself more moderately.

There are some nice anecdotes and quotes running through the text which gave
me pause to smile on more than one occasion and that's a good thing methinks.

Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is a little book of mindfulness 15 May 2014
By Phillyfan VINE VOICE
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This looks straightaway like a gift book and is well produced and has a brief suggestion or quotation on each page. I had been wanting to find out more about mindfulness for some time and this did help. However, if I had been buying this, I think I would have spent a bit more and tried to get something which went into the topic in more depth. This does no more than whet the appetite
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little resource to calm the mind 23 May 2014
By L. H. Healy TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a beautifully finished book full of little quotations suggestions and tips to help calm the mind and think about the current moment. So much of life today is rushed and can start to feel stressful and this book is ideal to help with taking a bit of time, even if it's only a moment or too, to stop and notice what we are feeling and what is going on around us - the essence of mindfulness I think.

It is a handy small size (though not too tiny) to be able to put in your bag and take with you if it helps you to refer to a page or two of it during the day to remind you of the techniques and thoughts here. I have found it really useful and am only really just beginning to get to grips with the technique so I'll be referring to it much more too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete but a nice gift item 26 April 2014
By girl VINE VOICE
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This book is OK. It's the kind of thing to dip in and out of. It has no real structure and is more a collection of tips and ideas to practice mindfulness rather than a more complete guide to mindful living and behaviour. It's useful for when you have some downtime and want to pick out one of the techniques to practice but not as a replacement for a more thorough mindfulness guide. It's probably most suited as a gift product.
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