Why This Book Stands Out:
Beginning meditation is often made more complicated and embellished than it needs to be. The author knows how to simplify it and ease the way to getting a solid practice going.
He has constructed Practically Mindful to stand out from other mindfulness books in these ways:
It works. The author is living proof. • He has been meditating for twenty-plus years, both helping others and managing the peaks and valleys in his own complicated life.
In Practically Mindful • , he presents the techniques he has used and benefited from and conveys them in an effective way. The book provides practical maps of human “mindscapes” to prepare them for practicing—then moves to get a basic meditation practice launched. The author trains the reader via clear, sequential exercises that progress from introductory breath practices to wide-angle meditation on all experience. He places a special emphasis on practical tools, tips, and troubleshooting for the early struggles that can accompany the “startup.”
It’s no-nonsense. And no incense. • As a physician and educator of doctors-in-training, the author's outlook is naturally evidence-based and oriented toward simplifying the complex. From this practical perspective, he offers the science-minded, practical reader a go-to resource on mindfulness. From an innovative foundation that weaves together common aspects of science and wisdom traditions, he demystifies how we experience our minds in the moment-to-moment of living. No New Age accessorizing is necessary (unless you like that kind of thing.)
It’s irreverent. • Bookshelves are bursting with hundreds of sincere, serious books on mindfulness and meditation. Readers are ready for self-help that doesn’t take itself so seriously.
Practically Mindful • is open-hearted, funny, and allergic to pretense. The audience will enjoy a read that’s warm, informal, and occasionally snarky, to teach and model the benefits of meditation. The writing style reflects the author's treating and teaching approach: collaborative and nonjudgmental, except when winking at some grandiose tropes of the self-help genre in order to make a point.