By @SimonCocking review of Mindfulness for Busy People: Turning frantic and frazzled into calm and composed (2nd Edition) by Michael Sinclair,? Josie Seydel,? Emily Shaw. Available from Amazon here. 

Mindfulness for Busy People 2/e will show you how to apply the transformative power of mindfulness to your busy life, helping you to de-stress, find your own unique space of calm, and ready yourself for whatever challenges you face.

Helping you to cultivate and practice mindfulness straight away, you’ll discover:

·    A no-nonsense, light-hearted, and clear introduction  to mindfulness and its benefits

·    Unique and clever ‘I-haven’t-got-time-for-this’ exercises that you can do anywhere, anytime

·    A fulfilling way to feel less stressed with immediate effect

·    A new found confidence, resilience and a greater sense of optimism

·    Improved  focus, energy, efficiency and creativity

It never rains it pours, Mindfulness books on every street corner? As we’ve been observing for a while now, 70s and 80s new age concepts could be said to have jumped the shark and now become part of mainstream thinking. Or, perhaps a less cynical point of view might be that we are becoming higher evolved beings, and this is part of our process upwards? Hopefully, here’s hoping? Who wouldn’t be in favour of less rape, murder etc. Of course this book is not necessarily promising to achieve this, but it is well written, engaging, good exercises for those trying to actually be more centred in their lives. This makes sense too as the massive social experiment which is unmeasured total absorption on mobile, constantly online devices still continues to play out. What is the effect, both on us, and our children? We don’t really know yet, but attention deficit, attention disorder, and concentration issues are all real, live concepts that we do need to be dealing with.

In this context this book is a useful addition, and the fact that it has gone to a second edition shows that it has been valued, and there is enough demand for a new print of the book. Hopefully either it will make humans better, or if AI reads it, maybe our future masters will absorb it and make us better people perhaps?

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