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Mindfulness for Beginners: How to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Life

Mindfulness for Beginners: How to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Life

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Mindfulness for Beginners: How to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Life

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Mar 21, 2018
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9781386557081
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Mindfulness for Beginners: Discover How Mindfulness Can Reduce Stress and Improve Your Life!

Do you feel constantly stressed out and overwhelmed?

Do you feel that you have no control over your thoughts and actions?

Do you want to find ways to live a more peaceful life?

If that sounds familiar, Mindfulness for Beginners: How to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Life is the book for you.

About Mindfulness for Beginners

Author Tony Smith walks you through the basics of mindfulness practice and gives you simple, effective ways to incorporate these practices into your daily life.

This book is for anybody who goes through life feeling stressed out and overwhelmed by the demands of work, family, and social obligations. It is also for anybody who finds that the constant, never-ending hustle and bustle of modern life often results in feeling disconnected and distant from the people and things that are most important in their lives.

You'll learn about what mindfulness is and how it can help relieve stress, reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed, and put you back in touch with the things that matter the most to you.

If you want to regain control of your life and let go of stress and anxiety, then pick up your copy of Mindfulness for Beginners today!

Why You Should Check Out Mindfulness for Beginners

This book is for you if you:

* Feel disconnected and separated from the things that matter to you

* Experience chronic stress, and don't know how to relieve it

* Want simple techniques that can help you manage the stress of modern life

* Have a desire to find ways to be a better and stronger person

* Yearn to cultivate closer relationships with your family, friends, and colleagues

* Aspire to improve your performance and standing at work

* Need ways to express yourself and reconnect with who you are at the deepest level

If you want to reduce stress and anxiety – and be the best version of yourself – then you should check out Mindfulness for Beginners!

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INTRODUCTION

Mindfulness requires being a beginner. Setting absurdly high standards, and being unwilling to be a novice, are the joint enemies of personal progress and change. Nobody bench presses 100 kilos the first time they enter a gym. ~ Paul Gibbons

Have you ever had the feeling that your life is like a train flying off the tracks? Do you feel that you have no control over your thoughts and actions? Do you spend a lot of time feeling lost and overwhelmed?

You’re not alone. We have a huge number of things competing for our attention every day. We all appreciate the conveniences of modern life: cars, television, computers, the internet, smartphones… If you’re like most people, you have a hard time picturing your life without these things.

Yet having these things comes with a cost, and it is more than the amount of money you spend to buy them.

Stresses of Modern Life

Most of us spend a significant portion of our day feeling stressed out, anxious, and overwhelmed. We all have happy moments, of course – but doesn’t it sometimes seem as if they are few and far between? We struggle to maintain control over all the different parts of our lives:

• Family

• Friends

• Work

• Financial responsibilities

• Hobbies

Chances are good that you worry that you’re not keeping up, no matter how hard you try. That feeling of inadequacy is a common one, and it leads to other problems as well. Stress in one area of your life can easily affect all the other areas of your life. You have a sleepless night with a sick child, and snap at a colleague during a meeting the next day. Or your job gets so intensely busy that you stop making time for yourself and the things that really matter to you.

That kind of stress has a snowball effect. One thing can easily lead to another, and before you know it, your life feels out of control. Your brain races around trying to keep up with all of your responsibilities, and somehow, in spite of all that running, you still feel like you can’t keep up.

So what is responsible for these feelings of stress and inadequacy? Why are you so tired all the time? And most importantly, what can you do about it?

How Not Living Mindfully Affects Every Aspect of Your Life

The answer is actually surprisingly simple: you’re not living mindfully.

The feeling that your brain is racing around is actually not a new one. While the distractions and obligations of modern life may make the problem worse, Buddhists have a term for this phenomenon, and it has been around for thousands of years. They call it monkey mind.

Doesn’t that seem to fit? It’s easy to imagine your brain as an active monkey, swinging around from tree to tree. Stopping to eat some fruit or to groom another monkey, but then starting his tree-swinging routine all over again.

Perhaps it’s easier for you to imagine your brain as a hamster running on a wheel, or as a remote control that endlessly changes channels. Regardless of what image you choose, though, it’s an exhausting thing to think about, isn’t it? When does your brain rest? When do you actually stop and enjoy the present moment?

The bottom line is that living a life that is not mindful can have a detrimental effect on every part of your life. It can damage your relationships with everyone who matters to you: parents, spouse, children, friends, and colleagues. It can hurt your performance at work, and even put a damper on the enjoyment you get from entertainment and hobbies.

Before we get into talking about what mindfulness is, it’s important to understand the opposite. The deleterious effects of not living mindfully extend far beyond mental and emotional health. Stress and anxiety can and do cause problems with our physical health, as well. This combination of mental, emotional and physical fatigue turns into a vicious cycle, leading to feelings of deep unhappiness and inadequacy.

The good news is that mindfulness is something you can teach yourself, and it can have a hugely positive impact on every aspect of your life.

What You’ll Find in This Book

So what can you do to get your life back on track? Can you take steps to improve your health, relationships, and career?

Yes, you can. And the first step is reading this book. In these pages, we’ll discuss in depth the meaning and practice of mindfulness. In order to reap the benefits of mindfulness, you need to understand what it is – where the concept came from, what it means in modern life, and how it can apply to you, whether or not you’re a religious or even a spiritual person.

We’ll talk in detail about how stress and anxiety can negatively impact your health, so that you have a full understanding of why living mindfully is so important. If you worry that your life is already too busy, and that mindfulness is just another task to add to your never-ending to-do list, we’ll talk about how you can fit the practice of mindfulness into your everyday routine – and how doing so can actually make you less stressed, and give you more time and energy for the things and people you love.

The great news is that making mindfulness part of your life can not only improve your current health and well-being, it can also help prevent future illnesses and keep you feeling younger and healthier in every way – mentally, emotionally and physically.

Once you have a full picture of what mindfulness is and why it is important, we’ll get into practical techniques that will help you incorporate the practice of mindfulness into your daily routine. We’ll start with the basics, with concrete examples to help you grasp the concept, and see how easy it can be to start living mindfully.

Once you have the basics down, we’ll talk in detail about some mindfulness practices that can help you regain control of your life. There are many different ways to live mindfully. Some of the things we’ll discuss include:

• Mindful breathing

• Mindfulness meditation

• Walking meditation

• Mindful touch

• Mindful eating

We’ll also talk about how you can use simple cues and triggers to bring yourself back to a mindful state when you’ve become distracted or agitated.

Another thing about the simple practice of mindfulness is that it is in many ways the original self-help technique. You want to be the best possible version of yourself – loving and kind, and patient. Using mindfulness can help you achieve those goals.

While the overall practice of mindfulness can help in every area of your life, it’s also important to look at specific practices you can use to target parts of your life that could benefit from it. We’ll start with relationships, and talk about techniques you can use to improve every interpersonal relationship in your life, from your parents and siblings to your spouse, children, and friends.

Work relationships can benefit greatly from mindfulness too. Failure to approach your work mindfully can actually have a detrimental effect on your career. We’ll talk about ways you can bring your mindfulness to the office to improve the quality of your work, your relationships with colleagues and superiors, and even the way you feel about that boring weekly meeting.

Creativity is an often-overlooked aspect of health. We’re all inherently creative, and mindfulness can help you tap into your natural creativity. A lack of creativity can make us feel boxed-in, bored unfulfilled. As you begin your practice of mindfulness, it will be easier to

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