“To paraphrase Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness can be defined as paying deliberate attention to your life in the present moment without judgment,” Catherine Price writes in the introduction of her book, Mindfulness: A Journal.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-eight-page paperback targets those who enjoy writing in journals as they reflect on being mindful. After an introduction from the author regarding the definition of mindfulness and how to use the book, pages usually have sayings, quotes, or instructions on the top of the pages with blank lined dates and areas to fill in below.
The idea of the journal is not to fill the pages in order, “stop, breathe and be,” stay focused, be kind to yourself, note the small things, experiment, and meditate as you write about “being in the now” in the journal. Quotes from Chopra, Dickenson, Einstien, Jung, Lewis, Melville, Picoult, Thoreau, Van Halen, and Voltaire as well as concentrating on breathing, doing a body scan, going for a walk, taking a music bath, or turning off electronics are listed. The ending includes resources, how to do a body scan, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.
~ Why ~
Those who want to have a less stressful lifestyle are finding journaling though mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is one answer. The prompts can be simplistic or deep in thought as they encourage the writer to jot down his or her “living in the moment” concepts and ideas. I like that the book is compact so can be carried in a large purse or backpack.
~ Why Not ~
Having never heard of MBSR, I expected the book to focus on being mindful of God so was disappointed it is about self-understanding being a way to relieve stress (which may work for some). Others may find some suggestions repeated too often or somewhat self-absorbed as they contemplate being mindful.
~ Who ~
An award-winning journalist, Price has written several books as well as newspaper and magazine articles.
~ Wish ~
I wish the book had more than a couple of references to God because, I feel, being mindful of Him is the answer to stress and anxiety. It would be helpful if the book’s binding would allow it to lay flat for writing and a marker ribbon was attached. Due to the flowery cover of the book, it may be used by women more than men.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a self-help writing journal that focuses on being mindful of oneself, this may work for you, but I did not agree with its concept.
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