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Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Research & Instruction, Northeastern University Libraries, Boston, MA
Have you ever wondered why there never is enough time in your life? Too busy emailing, texting or tweeting to let someone know you are running late? Do you roll your eyes or despair of finding the time when someone suggests making time for yourself and meditating or being mindful? Perhaps this sounds too hard to do. Although Buddha was a proponent of meditation, the secular practice of mindfulness
is spreading throughout American mainstream culture. Studies have shown the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness, inspiring programs to help healthcare professionals, educators, law enforcement officers and veterans cope with stress and improve their work and life balance..
But how to start? In the Moment
magazine offers practical information and tips for those new to the practice of mindfulness. In fact, the magazine provides small, “baby steps” to get started and to become more mindful starting with the article, “There’s more than one way to become more mindful,” about taking “the experience off the cushion or chair and out into the world. Adopting this approach will eventually lead you to live more mindfully. What this means is that you don’t actually need more time, but rather the motivation to integrate mindfulness into the many moments that make up your day.” Some of these moments include using your senses while drinking coffee or eating breakfast. Is your cereal soggy, do you appreciate the aroma and warmth of your coffee? During the day, can you go outside for a short break? If you aren’t in a concrete jungle, take out the earbuds and listen to the birds or the sound of the wind in the leaves. These are little “moments” to get you on the path to mindfulness -- and they don’t take extra time. For those who cannot bear to be disconnected from their digital devices, the magazine describes a variety of free digital mindfulness apps for iOS, Android or web to get started.
In addition to articles about Wellbeing, there are three additional sections in the magazine looking at Living, Creating, and Escaping as well as some front pages with brief tips, including acts of kindness (as anger therapy) where “you’ll be amazed how a small kindness to a stranger . . . can be just the therapy you need to help you calm down, put things into perspective and get on with your day.” Take a look at the section on Creating. At one point, it is mentioned how meditative and calming knitting can be, but if you are not into the fiber arts, there are other creative activities such as making a pocket comfort box
. There’s an insert with templates for coloring, cutting and assembling these little matchboxes with 3D paper inserts (something to inspire a library outreach activity for stress relief). Other creative outlets include making a film by taking the clips you’ve shot and organizing them into a story. The Living section describes a variety of hammocks available for relaxing. For those who want to incorporate creating with mindful repose later, there are instructions for making your own hammock.
For more active mindful moments, Escaping suggests travel adventures from the basic, DIY tent, or stepping outside to more exotic locales, such as staying in a treehouse in Sweden, or in a big green bus in the UK. Besides self-checking on “How Happy Are You?” there is practical advice for reduced stress vacations: “How to Travel with Friends and Still Have Them After the Trip.”
Published in the United Kingdom, this monthly magazine is beautifully illustrated and while it aims to reach a female readership, the content will be helpful to all.
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