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Mindful : October 2014
20 mindful October 2014 SUPERSURVIVORS The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success By David Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz • HarperCollins If you’re for tunate you won’t experience a traumatic event, but some people will. Of those, a few will respond to adversity by thriving, reevaluating their life choices, and going in an entirely different direction. Psychologists Feldman and Kravetz tell the stories of those who’ve done this ver y thing, who’ve recovered from near-terminal illnesses and terrible accidents to discover hither to undeveloped skills. Their book is a charming and thoughtful mix of scientific thought and anecdotal evidence. THE WAY OF MINDFUL EDUCATION Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students By Daniel Rechtschaffen, Forward by Jon Kabat-Zinn • W.W. Norton & Company This has received a tremendous amount of praise from key leaders in education— including Daniel Goleman, Daniel Siegel, Phil Jackson, Susan Kaiser Greenland, and Linda Lantieri. All agree that this is the book the field has been waiting for. Rechtschaffen is experienced at develop- ing mindful curricula for the K-12 class- room and provides techniques, lesson plans, and exercises for teachers to help students concentrate, learn, and thrive. ● THE UP SIDE OF DOWN Why Failing Well is the Key To Success By Megan McArdle • Viking Failing: It’s an essential experience for human beings. We make mistakes in order to learn, develop resilience, and figure out a path to future success. McArdle shows us why we could all benefit from a course on how not to fear failure. The metaphor for our age, she says, is the disappearance of high monkey bars from playgrounds—kids are overprotected; we’ve taken from them the thrill of adventure. Learning how to make mistakes well means we aren’t blam- ing others or ourselves. We may even learn how to forgive. TRYING NOT TO TRY The Art and Science of Spontaneity By Edward Slingerland • Crown Publishers Slingerland connects the ancient Chinese philosophers’ concept of wu-wei (a state in which the body, mind, and emotions are in complete harmony) with modern cognitive science. He then convincingly explains how wu-wei can make any task spontaneous and effor tless, and why trying harder can be profoundly counterproductive. When we “let go” we allow the unconscious mind to take over and unleash the power of spontaneity. The author explores strate- gies on how to make sense of modern life. Well researched and a pleasure to read. The Short List MISADVENTURES OF A PARENTING YOGI By Brian Leaf CONSTRUCTIVE WALLOWING How To Beat Bad Feelings By Letting Yourself Have Them By Tina Gilber tson MINDFULNESS AND GRIEF With Guided Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Restore Your Spirit By Heather Stang DEEPENING COMMUNITY Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times By Paul Born LOVING SOMEONE IN RECOVERY By Beverly Berg THE MINDFUL WAY THROUGH DEPRESSION By Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jon Teasdale, and Zindel Segal/ Sounds True Book excerpts, podcast-like discussions of mindfulness studies and tips, available on iTunes Bookmark This Read... Listen... Download now