Hay House Basics is a comprehensive new series being launched by Hay House.
These introductory titles cover core topics in the areas of self-development and mind, body, spirit. Clear and concise, these books aim to de-mystify popular esoteric subjects so that anyone can understand them. They explore the benefits these techniques can have for the reader's life, and provide recommendations and suggested next steps for them if they wish to study the topic on a deeper level. In Mindfulness: How to Live Well by Paying Attention, mindfulness teacher Ed Halliwell makes this increasingly popular subject accessible to beginners.
Featuring practical exercises you can try for yourself, it presents traditional mindfulness teaching alongside the increasing body of scientific evidence that shows these practices have huge potential for enhancing our health and wellbeing. Explore the basic approaches that will help you discover more mindfulness, learn how to take this practice into your everyday life, and experience the benefits for yourself.
About the Author
Ed Halliwell is a writer and mindfulness teacher. He is the author of the Mental Health Foundation’s Mindfulness Report, and writes regularly for The Guardian and Mindful.org on meditation and well-being. He leads mindfulness courses in London and Sussex, and is a faculty member at the School of Life, which offers a variety of programs on how to live wisely.
The key to lasting happiness is the ability to live in wise relation to our thoughts, feelings and surroundings. Mindfulness is a life-changing tool that helps us do this and is perhaps the ultimate life skill for living well. This book is a fabulous, insightful and accessible introduction to mindfulness from one of its leading practitioners. Highly recommended. -- Dr Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness This is an inspiring book. Ed Halliwell shows how an ancient wisdom, carefully tested by the best methods of modern clinical science, can become a trusted resource for the 21st century. -- Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World These books were simple, easy to understand and offer a fantastic place to start. These are books that you will turn to again and again. Woman's Way Mindfulness involves an honest and courageous openness to the experience of being human in the present moment. Ed Halliwell knows the theory and practice of this curiously unfamiliar terrain inside out. The result is a practical and helpful guidebook, charmingly punctuated with luminous psychological and philosophical insight. -- Dr Jonathan Rowson, Director, RSA Social Brain Centre Want to discover how to be peaceful? Ed has given us pragmatic, clear and compassionate guidance that we can apply in our everyday life. The practical guidance on mindfulness is interwoven throughout with reference to the scientific underpinning, and is brought to life by following the experiences of four people who've journeyed through the programme. -- Rebecca Crane, Director, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University This wonderfully accessible guide to mindfulness is written with a clarity, openness and gentle kindness that are some of the hallmarks of mindfulness practice itself. Drawing on many of the key elements of the MBSR/MBCT course, the book also offers an introductory bridge into the rich philosophical foundations that underpin and complete mindfulness-based approaches. -- Robert Marx, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Lead for Mindfulness Training and Governance, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust There's little doubt that mindfulness is one of the most powerful remedies for the stresses of life in our distracted, hyper-busy, individualistic era. But it's surprisingly hard to find truly practical, research-backed advice on how to do it. Ed Halliwell's Mindfulness is an unprecedentedly clear guide to the topic, cutting through the myths and magical thinking to the essence of this ancient yet urgently relevant practice. To learn the art of living well and happily by paying attention, start by paying attention to this book. -- Oliver Burkeman, author of Help, The Antidote and The Guardian's 'This Column Will Change Your Life' With so much being written on mindfulness over recent times you could be forgiven for thinking that there is nothing new to learn. This book effectively puts paid to that assumption! Ed's writing is clear and comprehensible, but it is not just for beginners - it is for anyone who wants to be reminded why these ancient practices continue to be so relevant to our lives today. By interweaving case studies with a week-by-week chapter structure Ed has provided a practical, accessible guide which is equally applicable to the newcomer or those of us who still struggle to incorporate mindfulness practice into our everyday lives. -- Dr Jonty Heaversedge, co-author of The Mindful Manifesto, and chair of NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group Mindfulness is an age-old practice that has proven - over millennia and across cultures - to be an effective tool for managing the stresses of everyday life and for cultivating a greater sense of presence and wellbeing. As a gifted and valued member of our teaching faculty, Ed Halliwell's Mindfulness courses are an essential component of our core curriculum. His latest guide offers clear, practical insight and instruction for anyone interested in developing this skill. -- Morgwn Rimel, Director, The School of Life, London