Living Mindfully: At Home, at Work, and in the World
"Once outside the womb, each human life begins with an inhalation.... To breathe is to live, and mindfulness techniques facilitate and sustain this realization." In Living Mindfully, Deborah Schoeberlein David illuminates how something as simple yet essential as a breath can become the gateway to greater compassion, peace and kindness. Meditation is able to ground us in the present moment and enrich our interactions with others. David shares her own experiences throughout, providing practical examples of how meditation has improved her relationships, parenting and vocation.
She begins with One Mindful Breath, which becomes a foundational gateway to other exercises like Pause, Mindful Counting, Sharing Kindness and many more. David's exercises are concrete and manageable, taking only a second or two, yet demonstrate how "the impact of pausing--at the right time and place--can be infinite." The biological benefits of meditation on stress management and the brain's neuroplasticity are well-documented, so David emphasizes the benefits of learning how to respond rather than react to daily experiences with two basic approaches: "applying mindfulness to promote optimal experience, and... to minimize harm." She spends a chapter on how mindfulness can enrich relationships, child rearing and the work environment, and alleviate times of great pain and loss, as well as encourage the "sense of freedom that comes with recognizing thoughts and feelings as mental events, rather than aspects of a permanent identity." Whether someone is new to meditation or an experienced practitioner, Living Mindfully is a valuable resource. --Kristen Galles from Book Club Classics