Description: Mindfulness on the Go: Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere by Jan Chozen Bays. Paperback, 152 pages, 4.25” by 6.75”. If you’ve heard about the many benefits of mindfulness practice but think you don’t have time for it in your busy life, prepare to be proven delightfully wrong. Mindfulness is available every month, including right now, as Zen teacher Jan Chozen Bays shows with these twenty-five mindfulness exercises that can be done anywhere. Use them to cultivate the gratitude and insight that come from praying attention with body, heart, and mind to life’s many small moments.
Story: In many ways, mental illness is experienced as a condition of contemplation. The very essence of the mental illness can be a distortion in how we experience and contemplate our reality. It can be a scary and stark reality that we see through this lens of mental illness. My own bipolar disorder forced me to contemplate both the future and the past. Perhaps it was avoiding the present that prolonged the worst of my illness. I contemplated a new reality before me which diverged from the path set by my former self. If I contemplated the past events that led to my break, then I left myself vulnerable to those memories triggering a new episode or frustrating my recovery. It was only when I accepted the present and found hope in contemplating a healthy and productive future that I could move towards recovery. This recovery journey has largely been one of reconciling my future self with my past to experience the present more and more fully.
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