A book that sorts out common misconceptions and offers a wealth of research while exploring how, why, and if meditation can help one achieve mindfulness.
From this work’s outset, Larrivee (Cultivating Teacher Renewal, 2012, etc.) seeks to dispel the idea that mindfulness meditation and mindfulness practice are one and the same. Mindfulness meditation, she explains, is one single path of many that may be used to achieve a state of calm awareness of the mind, its thoughts, and emotions. By delving into her own personal experiences, along with a wealth of other literature, the author explores not only meditation’s benefits, but also other ways to achieve them. To that end, she pulls statistics and findings from numerous studies from sources such as the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine and the Rand Corporation, which claim that mindfulness meditation helps with sleep, depression, memory loss, and one’s ability to remain in a calm state despite outside stress. But the book also emphasizes incorporating different types of techniques in smaller segments throughout the day. Specifically, the author suggests that taking a two-minute mindfulness-practice break may produce better results for one’s well-being than longer sessions at the beginning and end of the day. Additionally, the book discusses changes in the brain that meditation may help to bring about, such as greater awareness of one’s own impatience and that negative emotions can essentially be “interrupted” and redirected through “mindful moments.” Overall, this book effectively sets itself apart from many other books in its genre by exhaustively curating research, statistics, and empirical studies to discuss its ideas. It’s a well-rounded work that will engage and guide any reader who’s seeking to introduce more mindfulness into their daily life in order to stimulate wellness, positivity, and other benefits.
A thoroughly researched, well-articulated study of mindfulness practice and its potentially powerful effects.