Mindfulness for Beginners – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Before I start writing about this book I’d like to make one thing clear; I think the idea of being mindful – being in the present and thinking about what you’re doing – is a good one and it would pay most of us to spend a bit more time contemplating rather than rushing around.

Having got that out of the way I can now say that I found this book to be a load of twaddle!

The book is split into sections; Entering [a state of mindfulness], Deepening it, Ripening it and Practicing it.  Under each header are very short chapters of 1 to 2 pages looking at a different aspect of the main header theme.

I can’t even begin to describe some of the things this book recommended as I’ve simply ditched them from my conscious mind and instead of feeling, calm, meditative and mindful I just wanted to throw the book at the wall!

It is the type of book that gives rise to the hippy-dippy, new-age, fluffy air-head tag that gets attached to people who are interested in meditation and alternative therapies.

I’m sure that somewhere there is a useful book on how to achieve mindfulness and how to incorporate it into your life.  This one isn’t it!  Don’t waste your money on it.

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