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I was recommended to try Mindfulness by a couple of friends and ...
on 17 September 2014
I was recommended to try Mindfulness by a couple of friends and my therapist because of my history of panic attacks, stress and depression.
Firstly, I think the book is mis-titled as its really about Mindfulness Meditation which isn't what i was looking for. Leaving that aside the tone of the book increased my stress levels. The author's "voice" was just so measured, beautifully modulated and patronising. Don't worry you poor fool, I have all the answers and all you need to do is follow my words of wisdom and all your cares will slip away and you will left with just a beatific smile". Well I couldn't find many words of wisdom.
As stated in another review it is incredibly repetitive and the introduction just goes on saying nothing at great length - platitude after platitude. To paraphrase: "Lets pretend we see colours like a blind person seeing them for the first time" - lets not!
When did judgemental become a dirty word? Maybe if people were a little more judgemental they would recognise nonsense for the garbage it is.
To quote just one example from Page 60 "In Eastern language, the word for the mind and and heart is often the same word, which is heartfulness". Oh really? What exactly is Eastern language? There is no such thing as Eastern language. Does the author mean in some Eastern Languages? Which ones? Mandarin, Urdu, Arabic, Hindi, Tamal, Thai, Nepalese, Japanese....I'd love to know. And surely the same word in that language isn't actually "heartfulness" that is an English neologism. The word in whatever language the author is referring to is "xxxxxx" which is used for both "mind" and "heart" in that language. So to say the word is actually "heartfulness" is untrue but it sounds good.
Save your money, spend it on some Arvo Paart, relax in your favourite position, turn the lights down and let your mind and thoughts take you for 30 minutes. It will do you far more good than this farago of nothingness