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Mindful : December 2017
Having taught and written extensively on the use of mindfulness in university law programs, Scott Rogers is an expert in bringing medita- tion to busy people. If seated meditation feels like yet another thing you can’t fit into your day, the method in this book offers an alternative, or complementary, practice. Rogers guides you to pay attention to the present moment by simply reflecting on familiar elements of the natural world over the course of a day. You can take their presence, he suggests, as an invitation to check in with the “elements of mindfulness”: body, breath, thoughts, feelings, and awareness. Catching sight of a tree, for example, reminds you to straighten your posture. Hearing a bird singing encourages you to listen deeply. Feeling or hearing the wind (or the air conditioner in your office), you pay attention to the next breath you take. By making these moments habitual, you can take a wider view—that our selves and our world are not so separate: “While our thoughts come and go, our body is here—always here, now. And our body is very much connected to the earth, borne of the earth, and will one day return to the earth.” This book helps to intro- duce and build the habit of paying attention, especially for those who are new to meditation. More experienced meditators will appreciate that Rogers delves into the ideas of “doing” and “being” and offers a perspective that can enrich their existing practice. With its picture-book- style drawings and focus on nature, the book can also invite children and their caregivers to try practicing mindfulness together. (To read about Scott Rogers’ work sharing mindfulness with young children and families, see page 12.) THE ELEMENTS OF MINDFULNESS Scott L. Rogers • Mindful Living Coaches and scientists alike increasingly recognize that, for peak performance, being “in the zone” requires not only physical training but also mental training. An evidence-based program, Mindful Spor t Per formance Enhancement (MSPE), promotes awareness, focus, and positive motivation in spor ts, and was inspired by the work Jon Kabat-Zinn did with Olympic rowers in the ’80s. The authors (also the developers of MSPE) provide a review of the science on mindfulness in spor t, as well as lots of exercises that both athletes and coaches will find useful for harmonizing body and mind. MINDFUL SPORT PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT Mental Training for Athletes and Coaches Keith Kaufman, Carol Glass, Timothy Pineau • American Psychological Association “Happiness in a sustain- able sense is not about extremes,” writes Linnea Dunne on the value of lagom: a Swedish term meaning “not too much, not too little, just the right amount.” Compact and beautifully designed, this book explains how lagom permeates Swedish lifestyle and culture, and suggests ways for non-Swedish readers to adopt some of these traditions. In Dunne’s enthusiasm to promote lagom, Sweden itself may be overly romanticized. Still, she presents a refreshing vision of harmony and social con- nection. Lagom isn’t a form of private self-improvement: like Sweden’s beloved coffee breaks with cinnamon buns, it’s something you share. LAGOM The Swedish Art of Balanced Living Linnea Dunne • Gaia 80 mindful December 2017 reviews Bookmark This read...listen...download