TITLE: Smiling Mind: Mindfulness for Everyone, Everyday
AUTHORS: Jane Martino and James Tutton
PUBLISHER: Bolinda Audio
RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2016
GENRE: Nonfiction; Mind, Body, Spirit
DURATION: 1 hour 56 minutes
Smiling Mind is the perfect starting place for anyone interested in incorporating mindfulness meditation in their daily life. I also strongly recommend this audio book to anyone who’s never understood what mindfulness is all about. It strips away the mumbo jumbo and explains the scientific and socio-cultural foundation of meditation. It also engages listeners in short exercises that help you start your own mindfulness journey.
Smiling Mind: Mindfulness for Everyone, Everyday is the audio book companion for the Smiling Mind app. The app offers tailored meditation programs for all age groups in various contexts to help you find calm. When the average human brain registers 60,000 thoughts every day, you can imagine how worry can get so overwhelming sometimes.
Mindfulness is deceptively easy and instantly helpful. The techniques and habits taught in this audio book inspire a positive lifestyle in which you nurture your values and engage in an attitude of gratitude. Different techniques will work for you in different situations. The journey is about practising the skills regardless of your mental noise.
In my own life, mindfulness quiets my anxious thoughts, grounds me in my values, and helps me to enjoy my day with a renewed sense of self and others. I started using mindfulness techniques to combat stress. For example, I love to do a deep belly breathing meditation during my work breaks, while driving, even while walking or talking. Mindfulness is my go-to when my environment or thoughts become stressful.
I enjoyed the structure of this audio book – infodumps balanced with guided meditations and exercises that left me feeling inspired and focused. I love how the authors continually connect the exercises back to their own values, making the journey more meaningful. These down-to-earth examples also make it easier for people who are new to mindfulness to see the practical applications.
Smiling Mind is a fantastic resource that makes mindfulness accessible to everyone, everywhere. I hope that listening to this book and using some of the techniques it teaches impacts your life as much as it has mine.