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Add Meditation To Your Technature Balance: 3 Books And 2 CDs

Do You Meditate? Want To Start?

Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce, is in the habit of meditating every day. His company’s new building in San Francisco has a dedicated meditation room on each floor. The design was inspired by a group of Buddhist monks who had visited the old Salesforce offices and were very concerned about the intense levels of activity: “Everywhere we go, everybody’s talking all the time, they’re working all the time, you got to stop this.” (Business Insider).  Speaking at a recent Forbes CIO summit, Benioff explained that he believes the new quiet zones will enhance creative innovation. “employees can put their phones into a basket or whatever, and go into an area where there’s quietness.”

Do you meditate? Perhaps you’ve thought about trying it. Today is always a good day to start, so here are some ideas to help you begin.

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Kindle £8.99*

When I began learning to meditate a few years ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn was my first port of call. I don’t even remember now where I heard about his work, but his research into Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has improved the lives of millions of people. It is used for dealing with pain as well as general stress and anxiety, but Kabat-Zinn’s calm and very un-mystical approach will appeal to all kinds of beginners as well as more experienced meditators looking for fresh thinking.

Even just the title of this book is enough to inspire!

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life

Wherever You Go

Mindfulness for Beginners Audio CD – Audiobook £17.99*

Jon Kabat-Zinn also wrote Mindfulness for Beginners, available as an audio book which includes a number of meditations.  He invites you to “cultivate mindfulness as if your life depended on it, which it surely does”. Also available in other formats including Kindle, paperback, and hardback.

My favourite Kabat-Zinn CD, though, is Guided Mindfulness Meditation £21.25* .  I always really enjoy the Mountain Meditation, which is very strengthening, and the Lake Meditation, which explores embodiment in a really fascinating way.

Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) £10.55*

Chade-Meng Tan was a Google engineer and mindfulness practitioner. An early employee, he was Google employee number 107 and his job title was Jolly Good Fellow. The company invited him to share his mindfulness techniques with his colleagues, and this book is an account of the work they did together. Could it really be true that Google is underpinned by meditation? See what you think.

Surprisingly, there’s no Kindle edition, but you can dip into the physical world and see how it feels to have the print version sitting in your hand.

Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)

The Miracle Of Mindfulness: The Classic Guide to Meditation by the World’s Most Revered Master £5.99*

This is the book I’ll be trying out in the next few weeks. I’ve heard of Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee who founded the famous community of Plum Village, but I haven’t yet read his work. The Miracle Of Mindfulness explains how to acquire the skills of mindfulness.

“Once we have these skills, we can slow our lives down and discover how to live in the moment – even simple acts like washing the dishes or drinking a cup of tea may be transformed into acts of meditation.”

*Price at the time of going to press.

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance – free online course

Tired, distracted and stressed by the pace of modern life? Mindfulness might be the solution. 

Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing and work/study performance in this free online course at Monash University. It’s just started but there’s still time to sign up.

Mindfulness is essentially about being more aware and awake in every moment of your life. It is about intentionally paying attention to each moment, being fully engaged in whatever is happening around and within you, with an attitude of friendliness and compassion.

Research shows that when we are not deliberately paying attention to something, our brain clicks off into default mode, which is characterised by mind wandering, operating on “autopilot,” dwelling on the past, and worrying about judgment, criticism and the future.The result can be increased stress and anxiety, poor communication, and impaired academic and occupational functioning.

The great opportunity of this online course is that you can study at your own speed and work with fellow students around the world. Find out more at the website.

SuperBetter: how to live gamefully. Plus more stories of mind over body.

Andrew Marr with Jane McGonigal, Jo Marchant, AC Grayling and Simon McBurney.

Source: BBC Radio 4 – Start the Week, 08/02/2016

There was a time in the 1990s when I played Tetris®” target=”_blank”>Tetris every night before going to sleep. The falling blocks calmed my mind and soothed me into slumber. As anyone who has played it knows, after a session of Tetris it takes a while to stop seeing it continuing behind your eyelids, but even that experience is quite pleasurable. The game is discussed in quite a number of research projects, such as its role in the treatment of victims of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Jane McGonigal mentioned this phenomenon today on BBC Radio 4’s Andrew Marr show. It’s a wide-ranging conversation about the influence of the mind over the body, well worth a listen.

On Start the Week Andrew Marr talks to Jane McGonigal, a designer of alternate reality games, about her latest innovation which consists of SuperBetter: How a gameful life can make you stronger, happier, braver and more resilient” target=”_blank”>SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient and its accompanying free online game. Designed to aid her recovery from a brain injury and subsequent depression, the game reportedly gives people a sense of control over their own health. Harnessing the mind in the fight against chronic illnesses is the subject of Jo Marchant’s book, Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind over Body” target=”_blank”>Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body, which looks at the latest research into the science of mind over body. Rational thought and magic went hand in hand in the Renaissance period and the philosopher AC Grayling looks back at the life of John Dee – mathematician, alchemist and the Queen’s conjurer. The actor Simon McBurney tests the limits of perception and human consciousness as he recreates what it feels like to be lost in the remote part of the Brazilian rainforest.