The Little Book of Mindfulness Hardcover – 7 Nov 2013
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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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I'm all for anything that encourages people to slow their mind and quit panicking about life. But I think this Little Book has jumped its own shark, style wise. I say this because, while I like the idea of a single thought on each page - as a reliever to those who don't feel they have the time to sit and read a more comprehensive book -- filling one such page with the advice 'Get yourself a smartphone app to help you with your mindfulness' is... well, a bit lazy, really.
There's lots to like about the proverbs side of this Little Book, but I can't get over the feeling that they've taken a larger, more comprehensive book, thrown it into a computer program, and had it reformatted.
QED: the flow of information. There doesn't seem to be much thought behind how (a) advice on how to practice mindfulness, (b) the proverbs, but most of all (c) a whole heap of single (otherwise bland and irrelevant) facts about how mindfulness has been adopted by world health organisations, have been scattered through the book. Moreover, while it might be good to support the practice of mindfulness with health organisation statistics, at root such gobbets are (beyond two or three) easy filler. Yes, some people might like to feel that what they're embarking on has proven successful in the past... but to keep stressing it throughout the book is padding.
Okay. But (I hope) there's better books out there.
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.
I find it good for a quick read when ever I have 5 minutes (on train, during break) - there are very small sections that can be read in one go and remind oneself of 'mindfulness'. It contains many quotes supporting this as well.
However it is not a guide to mindfulness, I would recomend it only to someone who is familiar with this concept - it is not a book for a novice.
Anyone wanting a start in this subject buy a more in depth guide like: Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Williams and Penman
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had a few of these for presents which are well received .Good read if you want to destress or how to survive in a frantic worldPublished 2 months ago by Pete
Calming and relaxing. Supports us in this stressful world with calming soothing words. I recommend mindfulness as a part of living although i don't read this daily, it is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Caramel
Brilliant book has really helped me to experience things differentlyPublished 4 months ago by Christine Linscer