Dr. Sears's simple and straightforward guide can help anyone break through the lingering myths about mindfulness that hinder our ability to truly discover joy and freedom through our practice (Christopher Willard, PsyD, Author of Growing Up Mindful).
Interest in mindfulness has been booming in recent decades, but a lot of misconceptions have grown up around this ancient practice, some of which can cause serious harm. In this book, clinical psychologist, researcher, and Zen master Dr. Richard Sears carefully separates the myths from the facts. He explores myths about the origins of mindfulness, what mindfulness is, how it is similar to and different from other techniques, the practice of mindfulness, its magical and mystical effects, mindfulness and mental and physical health, and about using mindfulness in daily life.
Far more than just debunking myths, Dr. Sears points out the profound ways that mindfulness can help us move through our struggles and enrich our lives with inspiring stories and practical tips. The realities of mindfulness are so much more fascinating than the myths.
This is such a useful book. The book has a lovely flow and clearly outlines Dr Sears intention to address common questions that are raised about mindfulness. By focusing on what the science can tell us so far about the practices of mindfulness, on giving us a brief history of mindfulness, as well as using his own experiences of personal practice and of teaching mindfulness, the reader is given a clear picture of how we can examine the myths associated with mindfulness. These are important themes for all of us who would teach or use mindfulness practices. (Susan Woods, MSW. LICSW. Author, International MBSP/MBCT trainer, Senior Faculty, Centre of Mindfulness Studies, Toronto, Canada).
Richard W. Sears, PsyD, PhD, MBA, ABPP is a board-certified clinical psychologist who conducts trainings online and around the world. He is Director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation and a professor at the University of Cincinnati. He is author of over a dozen books, including Mindfulness: Living Through Challenges and Enriching Your Life in This Moment.
Dr Sears has a fifth-degree black belt in Ninjutsu and once served as a bodyguard for the Dalai Lama. He received ordination in three traditions, recognition as a Zen master, and has a PhD in Buddhist Studies. His website is www.psych-insights.com.