Written by Drs. Lynette Monteiro & Frank Musten, Mindfulness Starts Here is a detailed guide to practicing mindfulness on your own or in a mindfulness-based practice group. Drawing on their extensive experience as psychologists and mindfulness practitioners, Lynette & Frank have put the 8-week mindfulness program into a format that is immediately applicable, portable, and self-paced. The language is compassionate and ordinary, the concepts of mindfulness are explained thoroughly, and the practices relate directly to everyday life.
Living skillfully requires attention to this moment. Past and future guide our choices, however the present is the only space where we can fully engage with life.
Mindfulness is the open stance we take in this moment permitting recognition of a wide range of choices available to us.
Each moving moment is opportunity to practise skillful means.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the quality of attention we bring to the events in our lives. It is the process of bringing our awareness to what we are doing at the time we are doing it. It is purposely being engaged in our actions, feelings, physical sensations, and thoughts. Becoming aware of where our attention is, we can bring it back gently to its original intention, return gently to our original purpose. This increases our choices in a situation, preventing automatic reactions from diverting us from our path.
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