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Introducing Mindfulness: A Practical Guide

(Introducing: The Practical Guides)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  415 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Mindfulness is one of the oldest and most basic skills known to mankind. In its essence, it’s as simple as rediscovering the taste of fresh water or the vastness of the sky. It is learning, or re-learning, how to be present, how to be in this moment.

With mindfulness we can appreciate our lives, instead of rushing through them, always trying to get somewhere else. Being
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Icon Books (first published January 5th 2012)
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Nikki
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, non-fiction
I've been doing mindfulness-related stuff -- meditation, yoga -- for a long time, but I'd never read specifically about mindfulness. If you've done yoga and meditation before, there's very little new in it, but it's a helpful reminder to slow down and really taste, touch, smell, hear, see things. It's an easy read -- as befits an introductory, practical guide -- and easy to absorb, with lots of practical advice and careful explanation of what you're "meant" to do.

Since it's practical, it's very
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Debra Langley
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide has me breathing more deeply, feeling pressure on the balls of my feet as I go for my morning runs and generally being a lot more aware of what is going on around me all the time. The diamond I am taking away from the book however, is the realization that I am not my thoughts, "thoughts are not facts, and the thoughts are not us." Tessa Watt captures it perfectly:" we can start to get a glimpse of how our mind works, and see that the constant stream of images and ...more
Claxton
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
My good friend Keyton K. loaned me this book. I enjoyed it very much -- I've read several books about meditation and/or mindfulness recently, and from what little I know of the genre, this seemed very practical, clear, and down to earth. I am naturally skeptical of Eastern-style meditation and mysticism (forgive my Bible-thumping heart), but this gave me solid ideas I can attempt to implement to improve my overall well-being. (As I write this, it is reminding me to be more conscious of my ...more
Amy
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: therapy-books
Simpilized version of mindfulness. An okay book, but with so many books about mindfulness, I felt this one fell a bit short and didn't provide anything new and insightful
Alexis
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
i went to a lot of trouble finding the charger for this dumb ipad to rate this book.
Stephanie Wood
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
An ideal beginner's guide.
Alexa
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is not my cup of tea. I went into it with the idea that I was going to get some tips on being a little more self aware and how to ease my anxieties, and though it does of offer a few tips, every chapter feels like it’s saying the exact same thing. The first few pages the content feels fresh because you just started reading, but then after everything begins to feel overly repetitive. There’s only so many ways you can say the same thing. Personally, I did not enjoy this book. It’s a ...more
Rachel Rogers
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Practical, helpful, approachable, and approved by my MBCT therapist! I have taken my time reading it and trying some of the exercises included and plan on returning to it periodically.
Arti
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
With the hype around mindfulness, I decided to explore the subject and see how I could bring it into my life and reap the claimed benefits... I found this practical guide on kindle as part of the amazon prime membership and decided to start with it...

The book is easy to read and follow - but I guess I am not yet a convert and so cannot say with an authority whether it works or not... all I can say is that the book failed to inspire me to start practising - that could just be my own fault and no
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Shaunaly Higgins
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you just have to remind yourself to get back to your Self especially in this whirlwind we call life. Personally, I do try to practice mindfulness every day but the human condition isn't so straight forward especially during those times when life becomes a bit more challenging and you find yourself seemingly veering off your chosen path of conscious living. This book is nicely ordered and offers steps that will allow the reader to return to appreciate moment-to-moment living while ...more
Ken Bour
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prime-reading
Tessa has written a straightforward and detailed explanation of mindfulness meditation devoid of the mystical elements found in guides emanating from Buddhist traditions. Even her explanation of "loving kindness" derives from treating oneself this way first which then makes it more likely that such behavior will extend to others. I wasn't too keen on her extended ideas about meditating for the happiness and wellness of all other sentient creatures, but I suppose she just couldn't resist a ...more
jeanmarie
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Direct, not too ‘out there’ and with just enough information plus a bit more.

This is a concise book that you can move through somewhat quickly to jump start your practice. She has space for exercises and reflections.

I read this and ‘everywhere you go, there you are’ simultaneously. This book felt like the intro level abridged version and I enjoyed that. I can see myself revisiting this book in 6 months and learning more to deepen my practice.

Is this for you? If you want something that feels
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Lydia Plum
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been well into my journey of meditation for several years when I found this book on Amazon. Though it's very similar to meditation, everyday mindfulness is definitely a newer topic for me. So I thought I'd give this a read to get a more well-rounded grasp on it.

The book was quick and easy to read and super straight forward, which I'm sure would be appreciated by those who are new to this kind of thing. It's definitely practical, allowing readers to make mindfulness their own and pulling
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Jesse
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This book indeed lives up to its subtitle of "a practical guide." It gives you concrete exercises to help build mindfulness and encourages you to take notes on what you are thinking as you read the book. I have been curious about mindfulness for a few years and have finally started to put the practices into my routine.

One of the best things about this book is also one of the worst things: it iterates the same message over and over again. There are only so many ways to describe being in the
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Keyton
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mindfulness by Tess Watt tells you what it is not about. It's not about have an outer-body experience in a spiritual realm to experience true genuine happiness. But instead learning that genuine happiness is found within your own body. Realizing that the devil is your ego, and God is not much more than a high consciousness. And the only way to find genuine happiness is to destroy your ego, and learn to live in the moment. To actually know what you are doing, versus living your life on ...more
Sheryl M. Baker
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a gift from a very dear friend. I didn't know much about the practice of Mindfulness and found the book very interesting. Just like the title reads, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide, the book does just that. It guides the reader through the Mindfulness process. It explains the different techniques, tells how to practice them, gives the reader space to journal their thoughts about their experience, and inserts testimony from people who have practiced the different exercises and their ...more
Anilou
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toes in the Water

I have been aware of mindfulness since the Zins' writings fascinated and inspired me decades ago. With time, more recent events obscure earlier memories.
This book was a breath of fresh air. This, my re-introduction to a life fully savored in the here and now, is an incredible beginning for me.
Not all resolutions commence on January 1. Thank you, Tessa Watt.
Michael
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good, but not very detailed. The basic gist is, in order to be mindful, practice mindfulness. Ok, thanks. There are some good exercises in here for application, but I would have preferred a little more insight into the clarity of thought and approaches to mindfulness.

She was careful not to choose a methodology, which I feel worked against her in the long run. As a beginner's guide, something lightweight to get you started, I feel this works just fine.
Lori
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, health, own
MindfulnessMindfulness (My edition looks different-- a white cover with an eye) is an introduction to the practice of mindfulness. I felt disappointed that it was so repetitive and simplistic. I was hoping for richer content.
Stephen
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
READ OCT 2017

This is a good overview of meditation practices, especially for those who may find the practice suspicious. Best quotes: "Words can only point in the vague general direction--you have to experience it in your one body and being" (p. 149); "We can't hold anything still...a new 'now' will come along to take it's place. Sometimes the now is difficult and challenging, sometimes surprising and magical...be at ease with now, whatever 'it may bring'" (p. 153).
Diah R
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
This book, much like the title, is very practical and short. Since I am already familiar with meditation, it was very easy to follow the instructions inside. If you're not a meditate-person, try this book. Also, I suggest to keep reading it maybe a few days in between the practice. Overall a useful book.
Lover's
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Practical and easy to digest

It explained ideas about mindfulness, provided easy to implement exercises and, is written with conversational tone that allowed me to comfortably enjoy its message.
Diane
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book gives a great overview of mindfulness meditation. There are plenty of easy to follow meditations as well. The tone of the book is very nice too- uncomplicated and welcoming to anyone who wants to give it a try.

I wasn't wowed by the book by any means. It's ok.
Jenny Marie Pierce
Learned a lot of great tools to practice throughout l ife. Read it for.yourself. What could.it hurt?

Learned a lot of great mindfulness meditations. They are great to practice its so easy and calming. Eating food is better. Try for yourself! You wi l
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Bruce Ciotta
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Lots of practice makes this a practical introduction to a topic I knew little about. It's dryly written by bit too bad. Opened up the subject for me to do more investigation and give it more thought.
Jon Reese
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great for beginners!

If you have experience with meditation however, the concepts might seem super basic. You might find yourself already in the state of being mindful habitually without realizing it.
Lizzie
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good beginning

This a book full of invaluable information about how to start doing meditation for mindfulness as a state of being. Rather than just going along as a robot.
Pocket Watch Purveyor
Surprisingly good

Selected this free as part of Amazon Reader. Delighted to discover it is well written and provides a great mindfulness roadmap.
william Finnerty
Mediocre

I thought it was really dragged out. It was just ok, it didn't wow me or drag me in at any point
Samantha Hoyt
Good beginners book.
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Tessa Watt teaches mindfulness and is co-director of Being Mindful, an organization which offers mindfulness training for both the public and in workplaces. In her earlier career she was a research fellow in history at Cambridge University, and then for many years a senior producer in BBC Radio and Music.

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