July’s book club selection is a great refresher on how to incorporate mindfulness into our daily lives. Recommended by Trudy Goodman and Paloma Cain, this month we’re reading How to Train a Wild Elephant & Other Adventures in Mindfulness by Jan Chozen Bays.
The book compiles a “series of simple practices to help us cultivate mindfulness as we go about our ordinary, daily lives” all in support of a “growing body of research is showing that mindfulness can reduce stress, improve physical health, and improve one’s overall quality of life.” Some of the exercises include: taking three deep breaths before answering the phone, noticing and adjusting your posture throughout the day, eating mindfully, and leaving no trace of yourself after using the kitchen or bathroom. Each exercise is presented with tips on how to remind yourself and a short life lesson connected with it.”
Trudy thinks “it’s a great practice guide, especially for people just starting to bring mindfulness into their lives in a full, serious as well as playful way.”
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