My sister-in-love* recently sent me a book on Mindfulness. She told me that the book has been helping her work through this second year of grief after the loss of her partner, my brother. I have noticed that she has seemed to be doing better and moving through her days with more ease, but I am sceptical that a book alone can really make a lasting difference for me. Despite my weakness for the self-help genre, I have never come across an idea that stuck firmly enough in my mind to truly alter the way I live my life.
The book she sent is called Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World.
It is one of many practical guides on mindfulness, but I am particularly excited to try this one because I have read about the author, Mark Williams, and how he leads a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course at the University of Oxford. If I have to absorb some new self-help ideas, at least they are vetted!
So, I am making a commitment. I am going to do these 8 weeks of mindfulness training and recount my experiences week-by-week right here on the blog, for you, my dear reader.
Week 1, here I come.
*They never married, but I like this term better anyway.