The mindful way

Perhaps just as important as the Begley book is the recent publication of The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (The Guilford Press, 2007) by J. Mark G. Williams, John D. Teasdale, Zindel V. Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. It gives a detailed process of how to implement a meditation practice — and find happiness at the same time. Or in more Buddhist terms, relieve human suffering. The book comes with an audio CD with guided meditations by Jon Kabat-Zinn. It’s a much more practical book, compared to Begley’s: “Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges thorugh paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to things as they are.” Although it may not seem like it, but that is a mouthful of mindfulness. You don’t need a psychological study — you just have to sit and focus.