Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Book Review: 'Mindfulness on the Go' by Padraig O'Morain

Mindfulness is "awareness of what is going on right now in an accepting way." "Mindfulness on the Go," by psychotherapist Padraig O'Morain, provides techniques that can help you achieve inner peace during a busy workday, while you commute, or even at home with your family. You need not close the door on your relatives and colleagues, pull out a mat, and meditate if you are not inclined to do so. What the author urges us to do can be accomplished quickly, routinely, and with minimal effort.

In thirteen short chapters, O'Morain outlines his suggestions: He discusses breathing exercises and how to get in tune with your senses and physical surroundings. He also urges us to walk, listen, and eat mindfully, and provides tips on how to reduce conflicts (speak and listen with care) and keep our negative emotions from sweeping us away. There are chapters devoted to making kids and teens more mindful, as well.

This book can be a useful tool, as long as the reader is aware that it simplifies a complicated subject. People who have serious problems are unlikely to free themselves from their misery by practicing mindfulness; such people need professional help. Keeping that caveat in mind, "Mindfulness on the Go" can serve as a guidepost to help people who are basically well, but would like to be calmer, focused, and more productive. This is a quick, albeit repetitious, work of non-fiction that includes exercises you can practice immediately to get the ball rolling. It concludes with a list of resources to explore this topic in greater depth.

Editor's note: This review was written by Eleanor Bukowsky and has been reposted with 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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