I have written about this concept before, back July, I think, or early August last year. Essentially, and very briefly, it is the art of “being in the moment”.
It is something I have tinkered with a few times over the last 15-20 yrs, but not in any structured, serious way. That is about to change.
I have had this book on my wish list for several months
I had seen it recommended on more than one forum when I was withdrawing from cymbalta, and a fellow blogger also recommended it. And now, I have it in my possession 🙂
If I had seen this title in passing, I might well have dismissed it as perhaps a guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse. When in fact it is a guide to ‘surviving life’, a means of coping with stress, illness, chronic pain, with mindfullness at its core.
Thr programme it teaches spans 8 weeks and includes daily meditation. I am intrigued. So intrigued I have bought the app of guided meditations that are used in the actual course. There seemed little point in just reading the book without being able to actually “do” what it recommends.
I’ve never been very good at meditation. My grasshopper brain skedaddles all over the place, so this will be a challenge for me. But I am going to give this a go.
The book advises “just do it” basically. Do it and reserve judgement until the end of the 8 weeks. I can do that. I think.
I would like to report back here on what it’s like, however. But is it possible to do that without giving some kind of judgement? Not sure. But I can certainly try.
I have read the lengthy forward, which includes scientific research into the effectiveness of the programme, including research done by a nobel prize winner.
I have also just finished reading the introduction. I have the app. So after this sleep, I shall begin 😀