The Mindful Manifesto: How Doing Less and Noticing More Can Help Us Thrive in a Stressed-Out World. Who wouldn’t be attracted to that title, especially when dealing with a case of burnout? I need more thriving. I need less stress. And this book gives a road map of how to do it.
Mindfulness is all about paying attention. But in this world of fractured attention and multitasking, it is difficult to achieve. Yet the practice of mindfulness has been around (and been giving relief) for ages and it can be used in our modern world to regain some sanity.
The book is about meditation. But unlike many meditation guides, this one encourages the reader to move, and talks about the difficulties. It’s not about blanking the mind out. It’s about paying attention in a detached way.
Starting with breathing, the book teaches us how to pay attention to our breath. But not with an empty mind: paying attention to the breath going in and out, how it feels, what it is doing. The empty mind (which never stays empty for long in my case) is filled with attention to what is going on with the body.
From there, the book gets increasingly more challenging as it instructs us how to expand this to body, mind, feelings and life. Each section has exercises, text, scientific research and results, and personal experience
The last part of the book is a short manifesto. The best line, I think, is as follows:
“We can’t solve the problems of a busy mind with a busy mind.”
I’ve never been successful at meditation before. I either find my mind spinning up in a distressingly short period of time, or I fall asleep.
This book has actually had an impact. Reassuring me step by step that I wasn’t deficient and that I could do this, I have managed to cut back on some of the stress and start paying attention to things other than my mind.
I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to meditate, but who has been unable to do so before. It’s a much gentler form of instruction than I have seen before.
Book: The Mindful Manifesto: How Doing Less and Noticing More Can Help Us Thrive in a Stressed-Out World
Author: Dr. Jonty Heaversedge and Ed Halliwell
Publisher: Hay House
Hay House provided me with a free copy of the book enable me to write this review.