Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Book Review: 'Mindfulness' by Ellen J. Langer

“Mindfulness” has joined the buzzword pantheon of late, chiefly in reaction to our tech-fueled state of constant distraction. But Harvard psychology professor Ellen Langer was writing about it a quarter century ago, and her seminal book remains among the best on the subject. A tool to accelerate personal growth and professional development, “mindfulness” is now equated too often with meditation, writes Langer in a preface to the 25th anniversary edition, released last year by DeCapo/Perseus. She considers that definition too limiting. “Regardless of how we get there, either through meditation or more directly by paying attention to novelty and questioning assumptions, to be mindful is to be in the present, noticing all the wonders that we didn’t realize were right in font of us,” Langer writes.

Editor's note: This review was written by Robert Morris and has been published with his permission. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right. 

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