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Become More Mindful In A Day For Dummies®

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Introduction

When I was about eight years old, I discovered an amazing fact – I’m actually alive, on this planet, in this universe! And so is everyone else. The fact that there’s a universe at all is amazing, but that I’m in it too . . . that was mind blowing. I started going round telling everyone, but they didn’t share my excitement. I saw adults mechanically going to work and doing the shopping, and friends playing games, but I was conscious of an incredible sense of existence happening that they weren’t able to share.

As I grew up, I began to lose my grip on this sense of wonder until I stumbled upon mindfulness and a range of philosophies. I was relieved to find others who’d contemplated similar questions to me, and to learn a way of managing my stress at the same time.

In this book you can discover how to re-ignite your perception of this mystery called life, so you aren’t just existing to complete to-do lists, but are actually living. You’ll discover how to begin practising mindfulness, so you can integrate a new way of being into your everyday life.

If you wish to get in touch with me for feedback, consultation or anything else, email – I’d love to hear from you!

What You Can Do in a Day

As part of the In A Day For Dummies series, I designed this book to contain about a day’s reading (or a couple of days if you’re taking your time). I focused on introducing mindfulness exercises and meditations, and sharing some suggestions for the different ways that mindfulness can help you take care of yourself and others – all of which can be easily digested in a day. You should have enough information to be able to immediately become more mindful in your daily life.

Foolish Assumptions

In writing this book, I made a few assumptions about who you are:

check.png You’re keen to learn more about mindfulness, but don’t know exactly what it is, and how to practise it.

check.png You are willing to have a good go at trying out the various mindfulness exercises before judging if they’ll work for you.

check.png You’re not afraid of a bit of mindfulness meditation.

Beyond those, I’ve not assumed too much, I hope. This book is for you whether you’re male or female, 18 or 88.

Icons Used in This Book

Sprinkled throughout the book you’ll see various icons to guide you on your way. Icons are a For Dummies way of drawing your attention to important stuff, interesting stuff and stuff you really need to know how to do.

remember_4c.eps This is stuff you need to know: whatever else you carry away from this book, note these bits with care.

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