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Mindfulness Plain & Simple [Paperback]

Oli Doyle
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19 Dec 2011
Peace and happiness are available now, and they're closer than you think. When you make the simple but dramatic shift into the present moment, you will find more focus, effectiveness and clarity than you ever thought possible. Mindfulness Plain & Simple provides the tools, tips and tricks you need to find this peace now, with no extra fluff. No jargon, no religion, no new age vision quest, just simple tools to be happier straight away. Oli Doyle is renowned for teaching mindfulness directly, with no padding. His website: www.peacethroughmindfulness.com.au and his mindfulness teaching project: www.alittlepeaceandquiet.com provide the practical teaching to help readers deepen their practice quickly. For anyone seeking a simple, practical guide to living mindfully, this book is a must.

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  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Oli Doyle (19 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980826101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980826104
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A practical guide to inner peace. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

An ordinary person with a determination to understand the nature of happiness, Oli Doyle studied every religion, philosophy and teaching he could find for several years. The simple clarity of Zen eventually led Oli to a life of peace and happiness, which he determined to share with as many people as possible while breaking down the cultural barriers that can make these ancient teachings confusing for modern Westerners. An unconventional teacher, Oli shares the keys to present moment awareness through his workshops, writing and online mindfulness classes. He lives in Bendigo, Australia with his wife, his son, a mad Labrador and a handful of eccentric chickens.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 30 Nov 2012
By chazza
I bought this book because I was interested in mindfulness but didn't want to get bogged down in something long difficult and expensive.

This book is really good (I think).

Its certainly better than two others I have subsequently bought. One approaches mindfulness as if you had particular problems - which I didn;t relate to - to solve. The other was just a kind of word processor: there were lots of words but not much meaning - and this was from a prolific "mindfulness author".

This book has had good results for me so far in prosaic things (like sleeping better) and I am expecting more....
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point in discovering mindfulness 14 July 2013
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As far as overviews into mindfulness go, this book does well. It is clear and concise in its delivery making the text readable and accessible for all, not just academics.

Doyle has broken down the subject of mindfulness into bite-size, manageable topics making it easy to take in the information provided. The sub-sections in which these topics are placed provide a gradual path that takes you through brief explanations and applications for real life. They also provide handy reference points if you're looking to skim read this book for the sections you require.

However, for me as a novice within this area, I found this book created more questions than it answered. The more I read the more I wanted to question, and that subsequently led to me challenging the concept of mindfulness - something I'm sure the author did not intend. I think the topic of mindfulness brings up many queries as it is being discussed, and although Doyle touches upon some of them, I found myself seeking bigger, greater explanations. As the title suggests 'Plain & Simple' Doyle was obviously trying to avoid complex discussions and explanations. Unfortunately his approach wasn't quite indepth enough for me.

As a starting text I would recommend this book for anyone. Given that it's short in length, basic and provides an outline, it will certainly provide you with enough of an insight to decide if you wish to pursue further texts. If you're looking to read this book to further your knowledge, this just isn't the text you're looking for!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 1 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Succinct, yet warm, accessible yet meaningful. For these reasons this is by far the best book on mindfulness i have ever read. Highly recommended; do yourself a kindness and buy this wondeful little book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, concise and to the point! 5 May 2013
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It does what it says on the tin! Literally! I bought this book as I was intrigued as to how Doyle is succinct in his delivery. It took me 3 sittings to read this book and Doyle makes an interesting and thought provoking read. No in depth philosophy on life, no mentioned of religion, and certainly no ideas on who and how to be...

The book is simply attempting quite successfully on how to stop worrying (about the past, perhaps what may happen in the future), and to enjoy the present through giving your brain a rest! Easier said than done, however, he puts a good case across in basically using a quick form of meditation (and no, no whale music or sitting legs crossed on a meditation cushion is required). We go about our daily lives without actually living them in the full awareness that the present deserves. In doing so, it relieves our brains of the voices we all hear incessantly about the past and worrying about the future. For me it reminds me of being aware. Awareness is something that we all lose leaving childhood, that is the simple things in life that we start taking for granted as we reach adulthood and beyond. Oh to relive the wonder and amazement that children experience! Well, actually you can! Being aware and mindful daily does bring about a comforting and self well being euphoria, practicing is believing!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindfulness 2 Dec 2012
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This book is one of my very best reads to date.
I could highly recommend it to anyone. A must read for anyone on the Mindful Journey or who needs help becoming free from anxiety or depression or the book is an excellent read for the Professional who works with .....
MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mindfulness plain and simple 13 Jun 2013
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I found this book impossible to put down and at a time in my life where I question everything I thought was lacking, it made me mindful of how fortunate I am; and that happiness and peace come from within and have always been there. The exercises are explained easily and as a mental health nurse I feel I can share with my patients what I practice at home. A peaceful skill for life, that shuts out the negative noise from our chattering brains.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight forward book written in plain english. 18 Mar 2013
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I bought this book as I felt I was beginning to fret over unnecessary daily things. The reason this bothered me is that I consider myself a relatively 'aware' person and don't usually experience worries about the future or anxieties concerning where life is heading.

So for me, I wanted a straight forward book to help anchor me once again and this is exactly what the doctor ordered. I like how Oli Doyle writes, it's nice, fluid and not 'preachy' in any way.

A lovely book that reminded me to keep life simple and not allow the mind to run riot. I think this is a great book for beginners interested in mindfulness or for those, like me, just needed a little nudge to remember where the land lies.

I definitely recommend this book and worst case - you're 77 pence lighter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read and good introduction
Published 22 hours ago by HazelD
2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid
This book tries to make things look simple( which in a way they are) and easily achievable when any meditation practitioner will tell you that is far from the truth. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Vijay
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book , so calming
makes a lot of sense ,really enjoyed this book and learnt a lot .
Published 17 days ago by annette etebar
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful little missive
Straight up and down, nothing fancy. Useful
Published 23 days ago by Shopdiva
5.0 out of 5 stars A great approach to this topic
Love this book - a great present to share with friends who are interested in improving their lives, on every level. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Bowenbird
2.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't impressed. Have waded through the mindfulness books and ...
Wasn't impressed. Have waded through the mindfulness books and apart from being slightly entertaining did not get to the essence of Mindfullness.
Published 27 days ago by cheryl
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really enjoyed reading this smart guide to healthy living - excellent.
Published 29 days ago by Ms. J. S. Austin
2.0 out of 5 stars Be mindful of your writing technique!
I found this carelessly written and depressing. The writing is neither plain nor simple; it's full of pointless repetition, redundant phrases and circumlocutions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anita Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - it actually delivers on the headline
Great book. So easy to read and most importantly the content is wonderfully useful.

Having read over 4 hundred books on Psychology, this is a book I would highly... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dave MDM
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