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Brand New “Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies” hits the bookshelves

Brand New “Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies” hits the bookshelves

Mindfulness Workbook For Dummies (For Dummies (Psychology & Self Help))

Our new book, ‘Mindfulness Workbook for Dummies’ is now out. I thought you would appreciate access to the first Chapter of the book, so here it is. Or you can read the first few paragraphs below. Let me know what you think of it!

Chapter 1 – Beginning Your Mindfulness Journey

No matter how or why you decided to look into mindfulness, we believe that you’ve made a smart move. Everyone can benefit from the increased awareness and self-knowledge that practising mindfulness can bring.

So what do we mean by that phrase? Practising mindfulness means paying attention regularly and intentionally to your present-moment experience with mindful attitudes. Four of the most important attitudes of mindfulness are compassion, curiosity, acceptance and open- ness for yourself, other people and the surrounding world. You deepen and develop your mindfulness by practising mindfulness exercises and meditations and by living mindfully on a day-to-day basis.

Scientific studies confirm that practising mindfulness regularly allows you to begin to change the way you experience life. As a result your brain is less stressed, focuses better and reacts automatically less, becomes more resilient to future challenges and regulates your emotions more effectively. Your body also becomes better at fighting disease and your tension eases. Most likely your relationships improve and you’re more engaged at work. You may well experience greater levels of happiness and peace in your life by living with mindfulness.

In this chapter we introduce you to the concept and practice of mindfulness and guide you gently into beginning your mindfulness journey.

Understanding Mindfulness

In some ways, mindfulness is simple. You pay attention to whatever’s going on right now with the right attitude, whether it’s an internal or external experience. But mindfulness is also much more subtle. The challenge is remembering to be mindful, rather than reacting automatically, and letting go of your self-criticism and doubt as you begin to practise. The triangle in Figure 1-1 summarises the essence of mindfulness as proposed by Dr Shauna Shapiro and colleagues, and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.



Compassion and Meditation with Sharon Salzberg

Compassion and Meditation with Sharon Salzberg

  Listen to internet radio with ShamashAlidina on Blog Talk Radio Sharon Salzberg is one of America’s leading spiritual teachers and is co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts. She played a key role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the Western world. The foundations of her teaching are the ancient Buddhist practicesContinue Reading


Self-compassion appears to have three aspects to it. Mindfulness – being aware of what happens with acceptance rather than judgement. Common humanity – remembering that you’re part of a bigger whole. You’re not the only one that screws up – we all do. Self-kindness – You need to be kind to yourself to be self-compassionate.Continue Reading

Mindful Programmes & Courses

Shamash now offers online mindfulness course, mindfulness teacher training, mindfulness training for coaches and monthly mentoring. He offers a limited amount of coaching over the phone, skype or in person in Central London.