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Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate: Your guide to inner peace, enhanced focus and deep happiness

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Mindfulness practice can help you reduce stress, improve performance, manage pain and increase wellbeing. These are the reasons why elite athletes, performing artists and business leaders are taking up the practice, and why it is being introduced into the world's most successful companies, banks, business schools - even the US Army.

David Michie introduces mindfulness pract
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2014 by Allen & Unwin (first published 2014)
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Is he serious?

Does he seriously think that coming home after a really bad date would be better helped by mindfulness rather than a family-size bar of Cadbury's fruit and nut?

Does he honestly think that the day you realise that summer is coming and you'll have to get into a cozzie in a couple of months, you should sit cross-legged and meditate zen-style rather than having a last splurge on a couple of ok, whole pack of chocolate-covered digestives? (Diet starts tomorrow, as does mindf
Matthew Hodge
Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, self-help
I'm quite grateful to David Michie for this book, because mindfulness is such a hot thing nowadays - being very quickly diagnosed for many mental health issues, etc, that it's easy to lose track of its Buddhist origins and connections.

Which is where, of course, things can get problematic. As a Christian, I'm actually trying to work through how my faith can be tied in with this practice that, on the basis of what looks like some reasonably objective scientific research, is of great physical and m
Jennifer Althaus
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
A relaxing read that takes you on an informative journey of inner peace toward eternal happiness.

Why Mindfulness is better than Chocolate by David Michie is a book that draws you in from the first time you lay your eyes on the cover to the moment you close the book. A love for chocolate and it’s ability to heal all woes is one that is well known worldwide and was my initial attraction to this book. The use of a slightly unwrapped chocolate bar, which teases the senses before your
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Bruce McNair
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone seeking a change of lifestyle
Shelves: health, lifestyle
An introduction to mindfulness, how to do it and the benefits it may bring both to individuals and organisations. Research has shown that the human mind wanders a large percentage of time and that results in unhappiness. Furthermore, we are at our happiest when our mind is not wandering and that is similar to the mindfulness state. This agrees with centuries-old Buddhist teaching. Thus, meditation is the training ground for mindfulness. The journey to mindfulness can be long and difficult even t ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I found this book useful both in terms of its practical instructions and its contextualising of meditation and mindfulness within Buddhist tradition. That said, I think it attempted too much in relation to contextualising.

The style is reminiscent of a series of lectures - each section with clear headings and replete with anecdotes or stories from ancient teachers. Both the headings and the anecdotes are helpful but I would have preferred a broad background summary and fewer chapters. The use of
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mindfulness is something that I have been practicing for a quiet a number of years. I purchased this book at an airport when I was between flights. I have read a number of David Michie's books and am a particular fan of his Dalai Lama's cat series. So I thought I would grab this book as I was familiar with his previous works, besides I was curious about why mindfulness maybe better than chocolate. See, I'm not actually a chocolate fan however numerous friends of mine adore chocolate so I do keep ...more
Shelley Diemart
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a good introductory book to the practice of mindfulness, and I would definitely recommend it to any novice. I like how the author explains the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and the resulting love and compassion. I don't like his attempts to bridge this into the corporate world, and I found the chapter on meditation in the business world irrelevant to my situation and almost deceitful to Eastern philosophy, which doesn't hint (the author doesn't state this outright) at using medi ...more
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read several books on meditation and mindfulness in recent months. This one is the clearest representation of what these practices actually mean and how they can benefit your life. Michie's realistic approach is refreshing. He gives the novice permission to approach new behaviors slowly and to be patient with oneself. Especially helpful is a discussion of monkey mind and how it is our choice to view ourself as a victim or someone empowered to improve our life. The suggestion to Acknowledge, ...more
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Gisela by: Just found it on the shelf at the local library
An excellent introduction to mindfulness, meditation and the science around them. Very readable, informative and inspiring. It motivated me to start meditating again after not having practised for more than a year. Lots of good tips for getting into the habit and a good coverage of different techniques.
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
A nice little guide to Mindfulness and Meditation.

Written with humour and humility. Definitely NOT one of those ego-driven self help books.

Highly recommended.
Gemma Innes
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
From the title and the blurb of this book I expected it to be a concise step-by-step guide. Although the content of the book differed greatly from my expectations it was still interesting to read.
David Michie gives a concise outline of how the practice of mindfulness can be beneficial to several different areas of life, from personal stress levels and workplace performance and happiness to physical health and mental wellbeing. The layout of the chapters makes the information easy to follow and
Barbora Kilian
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
A simple intro to mindfulness for an undemanding reader. The book contains a lot of (supposedly scientific) information that are meant to prove the health benefits of mindfulness/meditation. But the lack of detailed explanation on how the science proved them undermines the credibility of these claims. However, I might understand why. I guess the book was supposed to address a wide spectre of readers, not the very critical ones.

There are some books, i.e. The science of meditation or Full catastr
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Meditation provides the tools not only to abide more comfortably in the present, but also to observe rather than engage with unhappiness-creating thoughts.”

“When we understand the true nature of mind, we start to see these thoughts merely as thoughts instead of engaging with them. They arise, abide, and pass. They have no substance and certainly no power unless we git it to them.”

“The researchers summarized: "A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. The abili
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found a few of the chapters fascinating.
Lenka Příplatová
Some scientific info mixed with some esoteric bullshit, overlap with Hurry up and meditate. Not much practical.
Karin Christo
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautiful return to meditation. It's too easy to slip away from the practice of self awareness as we called it a while ago.
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Research-based, profound and humourous introduction to mindfulness, meditation and their benefits to us as individuals, in organisations, and to humanity as a whole.
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Terrific read with easy to follow tips. Thanks David !
Not a bad introduction to meditation. While at graduate school I attended a meditation that centered around chocolate. Examining it, feeling the texture. Then eating it, savoring the flavors, the warmth in our mouths, the sweetness, etc. So this book caught my eye, especially after reading a book about the history of chocolate.
It wasn't quite what I had expected. I thought it might be more for someone who was familiar with mindfulness and meditation and was looking for it to be a deeper practic
Alex Ingraham
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was my first foray in the world of mindfulness and meditation, and I'm fairly well sold. I've never been a big believer in meditation, but I was intrigued by the idea of mindfulness, so I thought I would read up on it a bit. What I like about David Michie is that he seems very down to earth. I have known people who get caught up in the spiritual aspect of meditation who use vague terminology and confusing parables to add a false layer of mystery over the whole thing. This seems to defe ...more
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's an ok intro to mindfulness. Semi helpful in the pursuit of mindfulness practice. I disagree with a good portion of the author's "scientific" evidence, or not so scientific, depending on your opinion of what scientific means. I also find that the author is obviously prejudiced in favor of Buddhism as the proper form of mediation--I am not Buddhist, but I do meditate and enjoy it. It's an interesting read, although you can skip over large chunks--I've read and retained several of the books he ...more
Linda Brunner
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I did this one audio and found the author to be a great reader for the material.

As a long term meditator, this was a rousing pat on the back to keep going in the same direction and to refocus my mindfulness in a minute to minute kind of way. Often not an easy endeavor but worth the effort in that direction.

I think for those new to meditation and mindfulness, a great introduction and a convincing argument to give both a shot.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked most sections of this book. Many of the key points went into so much detail, however, that I skimmed through them. I will certainly take some of these recommendations that the author made. Overall, a decent book. It's perfect if you want in depth studies and meditation broken down and dissected to a science. I personally did not care for those sections, so I simply skimmed them.
Book given to me by my provisional psychologist daughter who had to do mindfulness training as part of her studies - and some good sharing of practical experience as well as scientific evidence of the benefits, both personally and organisationally, of mindfulness and 10 minutes of medittaion per day.
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like David Michie. But this was a bit disappointing. It has too many overlaps with "Hurry up and meditate". Only the last section was interesting. But it put me onto "Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength" by John Tierney and Roy Baumeister. So that's a good thing.
I am still not convinced mindfulness is better than chocolate but this book certainly has some good ideas to reduce stress and increase wellbeing.

Book Riot read harder challenge task 24. A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)
Mardi Rogers
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the 4th book of David Michie I've read and I love his easy to read, down to earth, modern interpretations of ancient Buddhist philosophy. I think his background in PR does him a favour to share what can sometimes be a challenging topic to grasp in modern day language.
Alex Dunn
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have to confess the title attracted me, the meditation instructions are simple and easy to follow, but I didn't need to read so much of the sales blurb on why I should meditate - I was sold on that already
Andhika Chiko
i think everyone should read this book to discover their real happiness
DNF'd at 74% percent so I'm counting it.
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David Michie is the internationally best-selling author of The Magician of Lhasa, The Dalai Lama's Cat series, and several non-fiction titles on meditation and Buddhism. His books are published in 28 languages.

In 2015 he established Mindful Safaris to Africa.


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