Mindfulness Matters by Pax Tandon
I must thank Smith Publicity for sending me a copy of this book - it was exactly the book I didn’t know I needed until I got it.
This year I had set a reading goal for myself, to read at least one book a month that was inspiring, motivating or developmental in some fashion. And I have done pretty well, with the exception of summer, which seemed to go the way of devouring mysteries, chick-lit and memoirs that can be swallowed whole while sitting on sunny summer patios.
Which is possibly why I was so excited to dive into this book now as the season’s are changing and I am feeling the need to clear out any old stagnant energy and get ready for a new fresh start to the last quarter of the year.
I also loved the idea of a book that is grounded in the practice of mindfulness - as someone who has spent the better part of the last decade practicing mindful meditation, including travelling to stay at a monastery so that I might learn from the master of mindfulness himself, Thich Nhat Hanh. But that is a story for another day.
There is no easy, succinct way to sum up this book - rather, this book is one of those amazing works that I will keep handy all year long, so that I can revisit chapters and spend more time reflecting on how they impact where I am at any given time. There are chapters here that touch on everything from your mental and physical health, as well as practical journalling exercises that I actually found quite helpful.
I found so many pieces so intriguing, and yet, I really haven’t had the time to take a deep enough dive into them, which is why this book will stay on my desk where I can pick it up periodically.
If you are looking for something to help reset your mental space, then I would absolutely suggest giving this book a go - it is perfectly done so that you are able to use the info to figure out your own path, rather than having someone offer you a one size fits all option. Perfect for a little personal fall cleaning.