The Practical Mindfulness printed book is 242 pages long and is jam-packed with with clearly marked scientific references, key concepts, real-life examples, exercises to do while reading, and uniquely crafted meditation and other practices to save for later.
Here’s an excerpt from the Preface, by Dr Colinda Linde:
“The Practical Mindfulness program was born out of a conversation that Neil and I had about how beneficial mindfulness and meditation has been for both of us. We both agreed that it had helped us, firstly, on a daily basis, with all that life in our colourful country—South Africa—tends to throw at a person. It also enabled us to navigate calmly and rationally through various upheavals in our lives. We both wondered how anyone gets by without it.
“This gave us the idea of bringing mindfulness to everyone, in a practical way that could be used immediately. Out of the conversations that followed, the live workshop series took shape. We chose the key elements of mindfulness based on our years of reading and experience. Then we selected the main areas of life, or fields of application, where we’ve experienced its benefits for ourselves and many of our clients over the years. Our underlying goal was always to share something useful and beneficial, so that others could experience life differently as well.
“We’ve run the programme several times now—more than 250 people have attended—and received knockout feedback about its benefits. Neil’s take-home notes for each module proved even more popular and the request for a book came up more than once. Neil needed little prompting—he’s not only an accomplished meditator but also an award-winning writer, and so he leapt into the task. After months of additional research, writing and editing of his own work, with some proofing and a few nods of approval from me, you’re about to benefit from that output.”
Here’s the chapter list:
SECTION A | Introduction
1 | The Benefits of Being Mindful
2 | Thoughts and Attention
SECTION B | The 3 Key Elements
3 | Being Aware
4 | Being Nonjudgemental
5 | Being Nonreactive
SECTION C | Practical Applications
6 | Emotion Regulation
7 | Stress & Resilience
8 | Complexity & Decision-Making
9 | Flow for High Performance
10 | Authentic Being & Relating
11 | Conclusion
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