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A good starting point in discovering mindfulness,
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This review is from: Mindfulness Plain & Simple (Paperback)
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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Initial post: 9 Jul 2014 17:39:17 BDT
it would be good if you could give a recommendation of what if any other books you have read which are better than this one.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2015 23:37:23 BDT
I think it was written to be just that - a starting point, an introduction to the subject rather than in in-depth study. The trouble is that our human brains just find it hard to accept simple things and try to complicate matters. Saying which, I am no newcomer to the subject of mindfulness but I still found this book the best and clearest expose of this very simple technique for becoming a happier, more "present" person.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2016 19:21:10 GMT
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I second Felicitas, and wonder whether Lotte thought of thoroughly investigating the roots of the questions that arose from reading this book (I've found this can be far more insightful than just reading another (perhaps more complex) book which can either feed an imagination or confuse more, rather than clarifying our original confusion.
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