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Mindfulness – Review

About the Book

Mindfulness, Mark Williams, and Danny Penman

Adult Health 288 Pages

Rodale Books; 1 edition (November 13, 2012)

Mindfulness reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and exhaustion. It promotes the kind of happiness and peace that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage.

The book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and is widely recommended by US physicians and the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence—in other words, it works. More importantly, it also works for people who are not depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world.

MBCT was developed by the book’s author, Oxford professor Mark Williams, and his colleagues at the Universities of Cambridge and Toronto. By investing just 10 to 20 minutes each day, you can learn the simple mindfulness meditations at the heart of MBCT and fully reap their benefits. The book includes links to audio meditations to help guide you through the process. You’ll be surprised by how quickly these techniques will have you enjoying life again.

Jenn’s Review

I picked this book up some time ago, and due to Life happening (including buying a house and various upsets to my usual routine), this eight-week plan took me almost four months. Did that affect the overall benefits of the plan?

Not at all.

This book was worth taking my time to get through. Between practical explanations in each chapter, the downloadable, guided meditations, and independent practice, I finished the book with more tools than I began with (and I have been meditating for years).

The authors of MINDFULNESS lay a solid foundation of research and application before starting the reader on a series of weekly steps, gradually building on the previous week’s learning and practice.

This is more than a simple how-to book. You *could* just read straight through, but the better investment of time would be to tackle one chapter a week. Repeat the week until you are comfortable with the given practice before you move on.

I’ve read a number of books on meditation and mindfulness, but this is, by far, the most practical of them all. I’ve fallen back on the tools learned in this book to manage stress, anxiety, panic attacks and dietary issues. Definitely worth trying if you are interested in deepening your mindfulness.

Jenn shares her experience with the book, MINDFULNESS - AN EIGHT WEEK PLAN, on this edition of Thrice Read Books' review blog.

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Law of Attraction Habits – Review

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About the Book

Law of Attraction Habits, Chris Tomasso, The LOA Lifestyle Book 1

Adult, Self Help, 48 Pages

Published March 15, 2015

Create your dream life with simple actions.


Imagine: 

You wake up in the morning with purpose. You stay in your bed for as long as you want, knowing everything is taken care of. When you want, you rise out of bed to greet the day, expecting everything to go well. You don’t do this out of blind optimism, but instead a deep understanding of how the universe works.

You don’t just hope for it. You’ve deeply ingrained it into your way of being.

As each step of your morning routine locks into place, you feel a greater sense of momentum and ease. You feel mastery over your life. You remember back to when life seemed so chaotic, and yet that seems like a distant thought.

Now, as you ponder this new day, your decisions feel supported by the universe. You can’t help but feel lighthearted and appreciative. You’re beaming.

Why wouldn’t you be? Everything is simply ordered. Everything is playfully in your control. Life feels fresh and invigorating, and the universe is working for you.

The only question you have to ask yourself is, “What do I want to create today?”

But, is it this simple?

You’ve checked out books on the law of attraction or “The Secret,” but you’ve had some trouble understanding it and applying it. It seems confusing and illogical. Some things come easily and others seem frustratingly distant.

There’s so much conflicting information.

That’s why I’ve broken it down into 5 easy habits. You don’t need to spend all your time on this. In just 10 minutes a day, this book will help your manifesting skills skyrocket. 


You’ll be able to:

Create more ease in your life.
Learn how to clear your mind in just 10, 5, or even 2 minutes.
Understand the key missing step to becoming emotionally healthy.
Let go of thoughts that aren’t serving you.
Feel appreciation that isn’t forced.
Design a routine that simply prepares you for vibrational success.

Manifesting your dream life is first and foremost about getting the little things right.

About the Author

Chris Tomasso is an author, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and tons of other buzzwords you’ve probably heard before. He loves to deconstruct and teach the processes of things through his books, whether it’s about how to live a better life or get a better essay written. He recognizes that, more than anything, a lighthearted touch helps people make profound changes in their lives.

Jenn’s Review

Five simple habits to strengthen your relationship with the Universe and turn more thoughts into things? Sign me up!

Chris Tomasso’s quick and easy read on Law of Attraction Habits is just that: a simple guide to getting from where you are to where you want to be.

From recognizing your emotional/vibrational state to gratitude and ease, Tomasso lays out a series of habits to develop in order to effectively manifest your desires.

And he does so in a concise and simple-to-understand format.

If you’re struggling with the Law of Attraction, give this little book a read.

Jenn's book review Chris Tomasso's Law of Attraction Habits - Personal Development, Nonfiction

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Meditation: How To Meditate To Get Rid Of Stress, Anxiety, Depression And Feel Happy – Review

Book Review Meditation How to Meditate to Get Rid of Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Feel Happy by Will Huynh

About this book: 

According to Zen Buddhism, life is full of suffering, which is brought about by our attachment to things and people. We all have those moments when we feel we are just about to give up in life (we are depressed), feel stressed by our past, and are anxious about our future. This is just normal to everyone around the world. But while some of us can handle the stress, anxiety and depression that comes with the challenges that life throws at us, there are those instances when we feel we cannot just handle it. During such times, we become angry with ourselves, situations and the people around us. We lose hope in our future and no matter how much we try to fake a smile, it just doesn’t work. 

Well, do you know that you could end up committing suicide if you continue harboring stress, anxiety, and depression? And even if you don’t commit suicide, the simple fact that you are constantly depressed, anxious and stressed puts your body on overdrive, which means that you are likely to end up suffering from various health complications including but not limited to hypertension, heart disease, obesity, digestion problems and a lot more. Well, if you’ve already started experiencing those and want to change your live for the better, you probably need to start thinking of how to introduce meditation into your life. If you are new to meditation, you are likely to think it isn’t something you should even try because it is for the monks. Well, this isn’t true. In this book, I will show you how to meditate to fight stress, depression, anxiety and restore your happy self. Here is what this book will teach you:

Here Is A Preview Of What You Can Expect To Learn:

  • A Basic Introduction To Meditation And How It Is Helpful
  • How To Prepare For Meditation
  • How To Meditate For Stress, Anxiety And Depression Relief
  • How To Develop An Easy To Follow Meditation Habit That Can Transform Your Life
  • The Different Benefits That You Can Get If You Implement Meditation In Your Life
  • How To Exit Your Meditation Sessions Without Watering Down The Benefits You Would Otherwise Derive From Your Meditation Sessions
  • Important Tips You Need To Incorporate To Guarantee Maximum Meditation Experience
  • And much, much more!

Jenn’s Review:

Every so often, I go on book buying binges (read – I love finding free Kindle books on Amazon!), and I bought this particular little book several months ago, and sat down with it recently.

The author sets out valid arguments about meditation and its benefits in concise language that is easy to understand. He lays out a solid case in favor of why meditation is so good for you, and briefly talks about different ways to meditate.

However, where I got a little hung up (I’ve been meditation for years, but I don’t profess to know it all, by any means), is his suggested procedure for meditation. If I were a newbie to the idea of meditating, knowing myself, I would never end up on a cushion, getting down to the business of meditation, because… It would take me 3 hours to get through all the set up steps, I’d never find a place totally free of distraction to pull this off, and between starting the process and getting to the actual meditation, I’d have to tend to something else for my family.

In a nutshell, that part of the book, is a little overblown and over-complicated in my opinion (I’ve read and am reading, much better books on meditation and mindfulness where this area is concerned – reviews to come if they aren’t already done).

On the other hand, if you’re debating whether to begin a meditation practice, or whether meditation is right for you, this isn’t a bad book to start with, and the price makes it accessible to everyone (as of this writing, it is still free for both Kindle and audio versions).

Thrice Read Books' Review of Will Huynh's Meditation: How to Meditate to Get Rid of Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Feel Happy - Self help, Personal Development, Nonfiction

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Biohacking: A Beginners’ Guide to Successfully Employing Biohacks to Improve Your Health, Life & Wellbeing – Review

Book Review for BioHacking: A Beginner's Guide by Seth Laron - Personal Development/Nonfiction/Self Improvement

About the book:

Are you looking for a common sense approach to feeling healthier or reducing stress in your life? Then biohacking is for you.

Too many of us in North America today are battling some form of ill-health. Whether you are struggling with anxiety or your weight, you have probably tried it all—the latest fads and self-improvement books. But you probably have not tried “biohacking”.

”Self-trackers are pushing the limits of personal health.” Mark Moschel, Chief Technology Officer at Factor 75

“Biohacking” or the act of tracking your body’s statistics, such as heart rate, blood pressure and so on, is the latest and easiest form of self-improvement available. It has taken off with the advent of the various devices, but at its core it can be used even without such things. It is about common sense and listening to your body. In this book you will learn:

Preview:

  • #1 how to use the principles of biohacking to improve your mood
  • #2 how you can biohack your diet to be healthier and lose weight
  • #3 how meditation is one of the best forms of biohacking you can do for yourself.

Jenn’s Review:

This is another of those little books I picked up on a Kindle spree a few years ago, and dusted it off the other day while cleaning out some of my Kindle clutter. (I go on these huge binges of buying, and then… see my blog at Sage Wolfsong for more info on my battle with clutter of all kinds)

I’d heard of Bio Hacking before buying this book, but hadn’t really done much to understand what it was, or how it might be helpful. I could guess at it based on context (all the other “life hacks” out there), but some things get under my skin and pester me until I do something with them.

So, I sat down with this brief book (it’s less than 100 pages) to learn a bit about biohacking. 

Good stuff, really. The author lays out a clear, concise map of what biohacking is, why it’s useful and how to include it in your life. If you want to understand what changes you need to make and why those changes are significant, this is a great place to start – not terribly detailed or technical, a quick, light read with a powerful punch.

And an awesome value!

Book Review for BioHacking: A Beginner's Guide - Personal Development, Self Improvement, Health

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