Having a brain can be exhausting, especially when you feel like you are not using it particularly well. Like, for example, when you lock your keys in the car because you’re so busy thinking about how to open a blog post.
Not that anything like that has ever happened to me. I’m completely organized. I’m just saying. Wait, where’s my phone? …
It's ok! I found it. I'm not sure how it ended up in the refrigerator**.
Thich Nhat Han, the author of this book, is a Zen Buddhist monk and peace activist. “The Miracle of Mindfulness” is a guidebook. It includes anecdotes and practical exercises to help readers learn mindfulness and learn how to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives.
This book starts with the problem many people presented the author with “I’d love to practice mindfulness, but I’m so busy I can’t seem to find the time”. The author, pediatrician and Zen teacher Jan Chozen Bays, suggests 53 simple practices to learn and experience mindfulness.
Written by psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel and early childhood educator Mary Hartzell this book draws on neurobiology research and attachment research to help parents use mindfulness to understand themselves and parent their children.
This book argues that the way that people sometimes try to deal with depression, by thinking their way out of it, can instead cause harm by causing the sufferer to focus on their painful emotions and self blame. The authors suggest adopting mindfulness to help a person dealing with depression.
Just for fun, take a look at the TED talk given by Andy Puddicombe (author of Get Some Headspace: how Mindfulness can Change your Life in Ten Minutes a Day) called All it Takes is 12 Mindful Minutes. He talks about the benefits of mindfulness and how he learned it mindfulness, while performing a juggling routine.
If you want to learn more about meditation, or give mindful meditation a try, check out the library’s schedule of events for meditation classes. Kristen Lisanti will be holding classes co-sponsored by BEST Friends, 12:30 to 1 on Thursdays in February at Central Library, in meeting room A.
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** This is a completely true story. Don’t text and cook at the same time.
*** Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net