Book cover: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook
Book reviews

Book Review: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, 2nd ed., is written by Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein.  MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, whose book Wherever You Go There You Are I've previously reviewed. The authors offer this description of mindfulness: "Mindfulness is about being fully aware of whatever is happening in the present moment, without filters… Continue reading Book Review: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

book cover: Mindfulness fo rInsomnia by Catherine Polan Orzech and William Moorcroft
Book reviews

Book Review: Mindfulness for Insomnia

Mindfulness for Insomnia by Catherine Polan Orzech and William H. Moorcroft lays out a day-by-day four-week meditation program to facilitate sleep. I'll start off by saying that I read the book because I was curious about the method, but I didn't actually practice it myself.  Aside from the sleep education in the first part of… Continue reading Book Review: Mindfulness for Insomnia

Book cover: Wherever you go there you are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: Wherever You Go There You Are

I was expecting good things from Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  He's the developer of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and a founding director of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  This book was a best-seller, yet it managed to fall short… Continue reading Book Review: Wherever You Go There You Are

robin perched on a branch
Mindfulness, gratitude & compassion

Taking mindfulness outside

Mindfulness has become a bit of a buzzword these days.  When I first started meditating last year, I struggled with the idea of mindfulness of the breath.  Deep breathing can be useful when I'm feeling tense or anxious, but as an anchor for mindfulness, I just felt bored.  I don't expect mindfulness to be entertaining,… Continue reading Taking mindfulness outside

Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder book cover
Book reviews, Mindfulness, gratitude & compassion

Book review: Mindfulness For Bipolar Disorder

Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder: How Mindfulness and Neuroscience Can Help You Manage Your Bipolar Symptoms by Dr. William R. Marchand lays out specific areas for mindfulness practices that be useful in managing bipolar disorder symptoms. Much of the book would also be applicable to other mood disorders.  I believe mindfulness can be a really helpful thing… Continue reading Book review: Mindfulness For Bipolar Disorder