This is my first review on a product about mindfulness. I just finished reading: The Mindfulness Breakthrough: The revolutionary Approach to Dealing with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression.
This is a book about mindfulness written by Sarah Silverton. She is currently a mindfulness teacher and trainer at The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University.
The book is broken down into 2 parts and a total of 9 chapters:
Part One: Understanding mindfulness
- Introducing Mindfulness
- Paying Attention Mindfully
- Practicing Mindfulness
Part Two: Mindfulness with Life’s Challenges
- Mindfulness and Depression
- Mindfulness for Stress and Anxiety
- Mindfulness in Relationships
- Mindfulness with Children
- Mindfulness with Carers
- Mindfulnes and Illness
The purpose of the book is to introduce the reader to mindfulness from both a theoretical perspective and through actual experience via exercises provided in the book. It is the hope of the author that the reader may discover things about his or her self and through this new found knowledge find ways to change his or her life in a positive direction.
The book serves as a great introduction to mindfulness. By no means does the author claim that the book is the end all to learning about mindfulness. In fact, the author recommends that the reader should attend classes with an experienced mindfulness teacher to better learn and to more fully experience mindfulness.
I would agree that this is a basic introductory book about mindfulness. If you are an intermediate or advanced learner of mindfulness, then this is not the book for you. There are plenty of other books available for the advanced learner.
The layout of the book is beautiful. The words are printed in blue ink. There are numerous insightful quotes placed at appropriate intervals throughout the book. In addition, a multitude of pictures, diagrams, flow charts, and exercises are presented to enhance your understanding of mindfulness.
Overall, my opinion is that this is a well written book for its intended purpose. You could purchase this book new or used for under 10 dollars. It is a book that could be used as a reference at a future point in time if one is suddenly facing a new challenge like stress, illness, or anxiety. At a length of less than 200 pages, it is a quick and easy read. But do not fool yourself. To fully digest the material presented, it may take a lifetime of practice.