Mindfulness For Dummies: Book Review

Mindfulness for Dummies by Shamash Alidina
2nd Edition, Published 2015, ISBN 978-1-118-86818-8

A very good place to begin when you start to take an interest in Mindfulness. This book is ideal and aimed at people who are new and do not know what mindfulness is and are tempted to explore the possibilities of trying meditation. Everything is explained in an easy to read style from understanding what being mindful is, through how to practice it on a regular basis and how it can help combat stress, anger, anxiety and depression to name a few.

From the outset in the Foreword and Introduction Shamash leads you into the what and why of mindfulness and how he came to find mindfulness himself. He assumes that you do not know anything about mindfulness and that you are open minded enough to explore how it could benefit you with a little regular application. Although the book is daunting in physical size at first glance for some, it should not put you off as it is well laid out allowing you to read, digest and try examples as you make your way through the book.

The book also contains many stories and tales that highlight the points that Shamash has just made. I partically liked “Reaching the other side”, “Your brain is telling you stories” and “The story of the stonemason”. You will have a good enough understanding and start implementing mindfulness after only a few chapters and as you continue to read through the book you will enhance your knowledge further. Once you have a basic understanding from the first few chapters it is also possible to skip into the later chapters that may most interest you and why you are considering mindfulness.

If your mindfulness commitment starts to falter then there are some good chapters towards the back of the book with tips and tricks on how best to make a habit of mindful practice and he exposes many common myths. Overall if you do not know anything about mindfulness then this book is one of the best places you can start as it’s a well thought through and delivered in an informal writing style that relaxes you from the first sentence in the Foreword. Highly recommended.

John Burley

John Burley lives in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom and is the author of Mindfulness for the Mindless due for publication on 2nd April 2018. He is also the director of a software development company producing software solutions to mainly the gaming industry. He blogs about mindfulness at www.amindfulway.blog which has a growing following both on the blog itself, the accompanying Android app and on social media too.

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