Saturday, April 9, 2016

A Useful Book

     A while back I mentioned that I was listening to an audio book about using mindfulness techniques to assist in various life challenges.  Because I felt that I wanted to go deeper into the subject, I bought the book by the same author, Ronald D. Siegel, entitled The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems.  I'm glad I did.  It really delves into all sorts of life situations and how to use mindfulness techniques to avoid getting sucked into the emotional drama of it all.  Better yet, he offers several different techniques for each situation, knowing that each one of us does better at one technique than another. 

     One of the most helpful things I learned from this book is that my reactions, whatever they are, are perfectly normal.  Someone cuts me off in traffic?  It's perfectly normal to get a little peeved.  But this book teaches me to step back and observe my anger rather than acting on it, to watch how the anger affects my body and to release it, and to accept the moment rather than fight it.  A very useful book, with life-changing potential.

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