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Giveaway and Interview: The Mindful Manifesto

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If you read this site regularly, odds are you’re familiar with mindfulness, and you may even meditate regularly.

It’s a simple practice that can dramatically improve our physical, mental, and emotional well-being, since it helps ground us in the present moment, and frees us from the burden of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

Whether you’re new to mindfulness or not, you’ll likely find some helpful tools in The Mindful Manifesto: How Doing Less and Noticing More Can Help Us Thrive in a Stressed Out World. Straight-forward and comprehensive, the book offers detailed instructions to retrain our minds—and be kind to ourselves in the process.

Mindfulness teacher Ed Haliwell, who co-authored The Mindful Manifesto with Dr. Jonty Heaversedge, took some time to answer a few questions about the book; and he generously offered to give away 5 copies to Tiny Buddha readers.

The Giveaway

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The Interview

1. Tell us a little about yourself. How did you come to teach mindfulness?

I came to mindfulness practice when I was experiencing a lot of stress, depression and anxiety. I kept searching for ways to change how I was feeling, and several people suggested learning to meditate.

I connected very strongly with the practice; it offered a way to work with things in a way I’d not realized was possible before, and gradually, I started to manage more effectively. I’m a writer, and it seemed natural to gravitate towards writing about mindfulness. Eventually, it felt like a natural step to learn to teach others.

2. What inspired you to write The Mindful Manifesto?

Primarily, I wanted to share the benefits of mindfulness with other people. I was becoming aware of the impressive scientific studies that show how mindfulness helps, and I wanted to write a book that could speak to people who might not naturally be inclined towards meditation practice.

As a family doctor and meditator, my co-author Jonty Heaversedge also wanted to would help people better manage their health, so we teamed up.

3. In Chapter One, you suggested that striving to make things better in the world might be part of the problem. Can you expand on this?

To use my own experience as an example:  when I felt unhappy, I rushed round desperately trying to make myself feel better. I tried all sorts of therapies, made big lifestyle changes, read hundreds of books—anything to try and make the pain go away.

But it was this pattern of striving that was a big part of why I felt so unhappy. I think a lot of us get caught in similar patterns—we struggle with how things are, trying to get away from the present moment. But actually, the present moment is the only place we can be, and so the first step to effective changes is to learn to work with what’s actually happening now.

That’s what mindfulness helps with. When I learned to practice meditation, I started befriending my experience, and curiously, my anxiety and depression began to lift. I wasn’t fighting with myself so much anymore. It’s not working for a better life or a better world that’s the problem; it’s how we go about it.

4. What has science taught us about mindfulness?

The research shows that mindfulness can help people with a range of health issues—from preventing relapse into depression, to working with chronic pain and illnesses like cancer, as well as helping people manage stress more effectively in lots of other life situations.

The neuroscience is also fascinating—the brain is far more plastic than was once thought, and training in meditation results in shifts in both activity and structure that are correlated with well-being. There are also studies looking at mindfulness in schools, in business, even helping with stress in the military.

The Buddha said that mindfulness was “all-helpful.” The science seems to be suggesting he was right.

5. What are the four foundations of mindfulness?

It’s a traditional way of training ourselves to notice what’s happening in our bodies, our minds, our feelings, and in the world around us. We felt it important to acknowledge that the practices now being validated by science aren’t new, and that there is a great wealth of wisdom on mindfulness that has been passed down to us.

In the book we explore some of this history, as well as presenting the four foundations from a practical and scientific perspective.

6. In Chapter Three you talked about mindfulness of the body. Why do you think we struggle with our bodies so much?

In western culture, we aren’t really taught to pay attention to our bodies, except perhaps as vehicles for getting us about and achieving goals. Most schooling is about getting information into our heads, and so we don’t tend to value the signals from our bodies—sensations and emotions that tell us a lot about what’s going on.

We can be so disconnected from our bodies that we don’t take much notice of them until they break down. Even then, we often struggle to fix them just so we can go back to ignoring and abusing them. With mindfulness, we can learn to cultivate a more embodied way of being. This can bring many benefits, from better health to more intuitive decision-making.

7. You shared stories from many different people in your book, highlighting the transformative power of mindfulness. Was there any one story that really stuck with you?

There’s one story I find especially moving. It’s about a man who came to mindfulness when he was referred to a course by his doctor as a treatment for recurrent depression.

He wasn’t sure what to make of his doctor’s suggestion. When he thought of meditation, it reminded him of his youth –the Beatles, wearing kaftans and burning incense—and he wasn’t really into ‘hippie’ stuff.

But he went along, and found it really helpful. He later found out he had bone cancer, and said that he could use what he learned during the mindfulness course to help him cope with the cancer, even practicing on his hospital bed before chemotherapy. It also helped him not get sucked into depression, and to carry on with life. I find that really inspiring.

8. At one point in your book, you used the term “self-parenting.” Can you talk a little about this, and why we need to do it?

When we are small, hopefully our parents are there to care for us, giving us a hug when we’re upset, or watching us so we don’t get into danger. Gradually, as we get older, we learn to do this for ourselves. But even if we don’t learn those skills as children, mindfulness training seems to be a way of offering that same sense of compassionate self-care to ourselves as adults.

We can train ourselves to notice when we’re getting drawn into unskillful actions, or getting caught up in unhelpful thinking. With mindfulness, we can learn to parent ourselves, giving ourselves a hug and being our own skilful advisor.

9. How can mindfulness help with addictions?

Mindfulness teaches us how to manage our impulses. We learn to stay with our experience, to befriend our feelings, even when they’re unpleasant. We create a space between our impulses and our actions, and so create the possibility of choosing differently.

If we’re in the habit of smoking, or compulsive shopping, or eating too much, or whatever our addictive pattern might be, we can learn to observe what comes up in our bodies and minds, and tolerate our thoughts and feelings without automatically being pulled into smoking, or shopping or binging, or whatever.

The more we practice, the better we can become at regulating our emotions and stepping out of automatic pilot. This doesn’t just go for what we might classically consider an addiction, but for any behavior that get caught up in and which isn’t doing us, or those around us, much good.

10. What is one simple practice we can use for mindfulness in everyday life?

When I first learned to meditate, my instructor told me to bring awareness to drinking one cup of tea each day. To really notice the sensations of holding the cup and bringing it to the lips, the warmth and wetness of the tea on my tongue, and how it felt to swallow the tea into my body.

If we can practice pausing and paying attention to something simple like drinking tea, or eating a meal, or watching a tree sway in the breeze, then we are beginning to create the conditions for experiencing and appreciating the full richness and magic of our lives, even when they might seem very ordinary.

We can then start to extend this sensory awareness out to more and more daily activities, as well as cultivating mindfulness with the help of formal meditation practice, for which I’d strongly recommend seeking out an experienced teacher.

Learn more about The Mindful Manifesto here.


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  • Lindsey Cook

    This book sounds great! Would love to win a copy…

  • Tiiu

    This sounds like something I could really use as I’m just growing to add meditation, yoga and mindfulness into my life. Thank you for this chance to win!

  • Bruce

    Sounds great. I can’t wait to read it. I can use all the help I can get.

  • Another voice in the chorus: the books sounds great! I am mindful that I have rushed through the post, and after hitting the button, I’m going to go back through it. Obviously, a much-needed tool in my toolbox. 🙂

  • Connie

    Now I like the sounds of this and it’s where I am in my life, this would be a welcome addition in my life. I would be very thankful to win 🙂

  • Justinebasaplease

    I need this in my life.

  • sos

    I would like to win this!

  • Jr cline

    Interesting interview and book.

  • Kelly

    I know mindfulness can make a difference. This book sounds like a good tool to help me keep up the practice.
    Thanks,

  • Carol

    Like Donn, I found myself rushing through the post… mindfulness is a struggle for me.  I’d love to read more about implementing the practice.  Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Angie

    This book sounds fabulous!  As someone who is dealing with chronic pain after multiple neurosurgeries I am trying hard to battle depression and deal with the huge changes in my life without adding a new medication every time I turn around (every doctor’s solution, apparently).  Mindfulness is difficult for me, as I’ve spent my entire life doing four or five things at once, running around crazy, and thinking that was being productive.  But thsi is a change I know I need to make.

  • Katharinefrances

    These tips seem very “doable” and also very powerful. Thank you!

  • blue

    i just applied for no pay leave because i feel like i am sleepwalking through my life and i really badly need to wake up. i hope figure out how to live more consciously, mindfully and intentionally. 

  • Bonnie

    Thanks for this interview! I’m interested in reading the book!

  • Hi, Lori

    Interesting book – I look forward to reading it.
    I would note that I saw just a few comments in the interview that referred to the positive aspect of increased mindfulness in our work relations with others.  We often focus on what mindfulness does for us individually or within our family circles.

    My interest is in how mindfulness can be used as an employee development technique to enable workers to achieve and maintain a more productive and collaborative attitude.  So mcuh of what is described as communication in the modern workplace is actually several people stating (or even shouting) their opinions at each other, rather than true dialogue.
    It strikes me that when we are in a state of mindfulness, we are better able to actively listen and actually dialogue with others, since we are aware of their words, behavior, and thinking as well as our own.
    Critical thinking is an essential workplace tool and I cannot imagine really engaging in critical thinking without some increase in our mindfulness, our awareness of self and the environment.

    Thanks for letting us know about this book:)

    John

  • Nerak

    This book sounds perfect for me right now. My husband was recently diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and I am having a hard time focusing on pretty much anything. Learning to be more mindful and in this moment is an essential skill for my well-being.

  • lizriz

    Would love to read this!  Tweeted, too…  🙂

  • Angela

    Sounds like an amazing book!

  • Lori

    Mindfulness is something I know is important and yet sometimes it is difficult to practice. The book looks like a great place to find help doing just that . Thanks for the interview and the heads up.

  • Sue

    I love the concept of self-parenting!  We all need to give ourselves a hug once in awhile!!

  • Sara Allen

    I start grad school today… I totally need this book!

  • Thank you so much for your daily emails, and also for this great opportunity to further support us all in our personal quests!  Either as a gift from you or purchased, I will be reading this book!

  • Phil

    I would love to have this book! Love your blog!

  • Jim Krenz

    This sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for the interview, and for holding the contest.

  • Carolyn

    Being in the moment is so extremely important. Appreciating everything……..builds gratitude.

  • Tweet: check!
    eBook: check?
    It’s worth reading so it seems!

  • Ruddtanya

    This would be a wonderful read.  Love getting my Tiny Buddha email each day.

  • LaLee

    I look forward to each day’s missive! Short, succinct, making it easy to take the time to read and be soothed, motivated.

  • Kathryn A

    I would love to have this book – thanks for the chance!

  • LaLee

     Read this one right after meditating, perfect coinkydink!

  • Reading the interview I felt like this book was written for me and about me. I would love to win this giveaway.

  • Marci DeLisle

    Would love to have this book as just was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. Nothing much can be done for the chronic pain I’m experiencing so would love to find a way to deal with it.

  • Jeet

    I would love to win this book as a birthday gift for my wife.

  • Would love to read this book!  I, too, agree that a nice, warm cup of tea  can help with mindfullness.  I drink one every morning and it helps set the day off on the right foot.  Being mindfull is the key to happiness.  🙂

  • Tahimy

    Wow!  So much of what teh author experinced in the begining of his process is what I am experinceing now.  It is so difficult to lear to quiet the mind.

    Thank you for the great post!

    Peace!

  • Je

    I’ve been practicing mindfulness for a little while.  This would come in handy as I am still learning.  Thanks!

  • RedZelda

    I would like to read this book. I am struggling with depression and anxiety since I stopped taking antidepressant medication. I am familiar with mindfulness and trust your recommendation. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Would love this! I have been actively practicing and would love to go deeper.

  • Colleen

    This book sounds amazing and it is in good time as it is desperately needed by so many persons…so many people are struggling and trying to grow and be lighter.
    Thanks for writing The Mindful Manifesto…it surely is a book I could absorb.  

  • Sunshinechristine

    I would love to read this book.  I’ve struggled with depression, anxiety, and chronic migraines for years.  I believe this book could help me tremendously.  Thank you for the opportunity.

  • PsychARNP

    I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner – I always enjoy my patients to reestablish the mind-body connection. I would love to read more about mindfulness.

  • Kcochran10

    I’m 46 and I just started seeing a psychologist to help me review the first half of my life, make peace, and move on to an extraordinary 46 more years of life.  One of the things she wants me to practice is meditation and “being my own good mother.”  It’s not easy, as 46 years of a critical voice in my head will lend a sort of permanent housing situation.  Eviction can be a very length process.   I need to sit with that voice mindfully – I hope to read this book!

  • I have a hard time meditating but a friend recently suggested that instead of being so hard on myself for not being able to clear my mind, approach the static in my head with curiosity and forgiveness.  I haven’t been able to clear my head completely, but the attitude adjustment helped a lot.

  • This looks like a good book for me.  I could use a little mindfulness training. 🙂

  • Italianangel333

    Would absolutely love to read this book and gain new insight. Would be a nice learning device while I experience my son going through a diffficult life changing time at rehab.

    Thx and blessings..
    Namaste

  • Redhen45

    I always love an opportunity to delve deeper into mindfulness practices…I’ve been seeking good resources to share with my son and others to promote mindfulness…thanks for sharing another great resource!
    love’n’light,
    Patty

  • K Ray

    Living in the moment requires practice. Like Gina, I have a difficult time meditating also…….. but I continue to attempt to do so, because I know it is worth the effort.

  • KP

    This would be a great resource!

  • Ashley!

    I would love to win this! It fits in so well with my theme this year to slow down & just BE! 

  • Kellysharber

    Four months ago, I was fired by my employer after 25 years of devoted and exemplary service.  Reading Pema Chodron has helped my recovery and healing but I’ve also learned that this life-altering event continues to haunt me in unexpected ways.  I am reevaluating everything I have ever believed.  The Mindful Manifesto could be another key to redesigning and reshaping what often feels like a fractured life.

  • Psphife

    I would love this-I am a therapist and I never mind myself!

  • Carter

    Sounds like a book that would benefit me greatly. Have had an unbelievably bad year.

  • This sounds juicy! Thanks for the opportunity in the give-away! 🙂

  • In the last year I’ve been working on being mindful. It isn’t always easy, but it for sure has changed my life! This book sounds amazing! 🙂

  • Carol

    I just signed up to this site yesterday…I can see I will love this blog!!!  I do already!

  • Learning to meditate in order to understand this crazy universe a little better. Thanks for this opportunity! Love!

  • Kera

     Love Tiny Buddha! I’d like a copy of this book!

  • Purpleiris_5

    really seems like an awesome practice.  I’ve been looking for something concrete and comprehensive to help others learn the benefits of meditation.  I like the approach of being mindful.  I could certainly use more if it in my own life too! 

  • Tina Hansen

    I just signed up for a meditation class that starts this Wednesday.  Mindfulness is definitely a goal for me.  I would love to win this book!
    thank you 🙂

  • This would help me greatly- I’m currently in my masters for marriage and family therapy and we have practiced many ways to be mindful. I love it- it really helps me stay in the moment and not take it for granted. I would love to win this because I think its another step to learning more about being mindful! 

  • Adyaali

    I started my journey last year to meditate daily and live a more mindful life. This is such a challenge in today’s world especially in corporate life. Every day I try to remind myself to take a few deep slow breaths to reset, slow down my mind and ease tension in my body.
    I would love a copy of the book to help on my journey of awareness, mindfulness, peace and love.

  • Andrea M.

    The part about rushing to change our situations, rather than accepting them and learning to effectively cope really resonated with me. I find myself experiencing the urge to fix every situation that might end up negatively. This is a nice reminder that not only can we not fix (read: control) every situation, but also bad doesn’t always equal bad. Thanks for this.

  • Daouwg

     Sounds like a great new text book for this student of life.

  • Cata

    This sounds like a nice new book on mindfulness. I like that it integrates the history and the new science surrounding the practice. Hopefully it will be able to reach all those in need of the insights!

  • Redhousecat

    I need all the help with mindfulness I can get! I look forward to reading!

  • Hallman Leslie

    I’m always seeking more knowledge on mindful living. Would love a copy of the book!

  • Brett

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom.  It truly is a priceless gift.

  • Gaia

    My school is in the middle of nowhere so Finidng mediation courses is nearly impossible; reading these books does it all for me.
    Books such as this are phenomenal; thank you for sharing.
    Namaste.

  • Bmiller

    After several years of counseling and various other self-help therapies I’ve just recently begun to explore the benefits of meditaiton and mindfulness.  My relationships,all of them, are compromised by my inability to trust and accept, particularly those things unknown. Evidently, I have been unable to progress emotionally since I was a young boy-so I’m hoping and praying that I can acquire some control over these emotions and thoughts that have wrecked all of my adult relationships before it’s too late. I would be honored to receive a copy of  The Mindful Manifesto,  and I truly enjoy your website. I have found it to be extremely helpful so far. Thank you! 

  • i wud love to read this .. it may change my life 

  • Domebio

    This looks fascinating! I can’t wait to read it!

  • CQ

    I can’t wait to read the book!

  • Mel

    Hope I win! 

  • Yes!!! I am sooo excited for this book! Can NOT wait! 🙂

  • Really can’t wait to read this!

  • can’t wait to read this!
     

  • Love this!  Thanks for sharing it.

  • Charlotte

    Mindfulness has been a tool in my pain management toolbox for awhile now. I can’t wait to read the book!

  • Planning to have a mindful cup of tea

  • Planning to have a mindful cup of tea…today.

  • I am so happy to have
    stumbled upon TinyBuddha. Somedays I swear you know exactly what I’m
    feeling and a way to feel better. Thank you.

  • Katherine

    I used to meditate a lot.  I have gotten so far away from it that it almost seems foreign.  This book could be my path back.

  • katcrowder

    This looks wonderful – mindfulness has been very helpful to me recently!

  • Rebecca

    Looks like a great book!

  • Beth G.

    As usual, your post comes at the perfect time for me! Mindfulness is sometimes not so easy in the face of adversity, but it sure does make things much more bearable. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Natasha

    I like the information about meditation and addiction

  • Looks really helpful to all

  • Michelle Deco

    So helpful! I hope I get a free copy! ^_^

  • Karen

    I too was struck by the idea of self-patenting, and it reminds me of the concept of treating yourself like your best friend. Love, support, accept.

  • Jaime

    I would love to have this book as part of my “wellness library” that I share with my clients!

  • Juliapersson87

    great interview :9

  • Pam

    Yes, conditioned mind is always hovering to pull us away from the here and now. An ongoing challenge to stay focused.

  • Saristarchild

    i have been looking for something to help with my depression since my daughter passed away earlier this year….I think I have just found it. thank you!

  • Toni

    Mindfulness is about consciously engaging your senses too!

  • Internette

    I like how you pointed out the practice of mindfulness can be done anywhere, anytime and used the example of drinking tea.  Sometimes I beat myself up because I don’t take time to do my sitting meditation as often as I like, but I do try to take 5 mins, whether it be on the train, doing the gardening, preparing a meal, or just sitting after a long day – to totally be in the moment.  Bliss!

  • agray

    This book sounds very helpful 🙂

  • Ibyogi

    sounds like a wonderful book! 🙂

  • Wendy

    Great interview. I would love to win a copy of the book. 

  • I’m a student and spend a lot of time using my brain, at the expense of my body! Not good! I’m always looking for ways to be more mindful in my life. 

  • Katie Seelinger

    Looks to be a wonderful, nurturing read. We so often lose ourself in taking care of others or in the business of daily life. I’d love to own this!

  • Annie

    Its been a frustrating afternoon with the kitchen drain stuck, disconnected phone calls and not knowing when income will come flooding in again.  Time for a mindfulness walk while observing the new buds and tree flowers falling from the maples.

  • Majed

    Mindfulness , what a concept !

    Thanks for this valuable piece of insight .

  • I’ve battled depression (dysthymia) all my life. The best I could do was medicate, and there was no shortage of chemicals for that. What was missing was, in fact, the very thing I read and realized when an author stated “We don’t get depressed…we DO depression.” Depression is, after all, unhappiness made manifest and brought to the forefront. Instead of medicating I started meditating. Being in the here and now and making the most of that I learned that my desire to be elsewhere and at another time was the cause for my unhappiness. Authors like Ed Haliwell and Jon Kabat-Zinn and others who emphasize the importance of mindfulness do far more good than medical doctors. ‘Though it IS good to have the corroboration of medical science.

  • Pranaom

    It seems to be a great reading to deepen our practice or start a new one. 

  • Jilliem

    I know the benefits of mindfulness, but like many people, practice it least when I need it most.m

  • Mel

    Yoga and trying to have more of an “awareness” to live in the now and be fully present are such important things. This sounds like a very beneficial read!

  • Dean

    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  • Justine

    I like the comment in the book just stop and enjoy that cup of tea that is where I want to be today enjoying that cup of tea!!

  • Bob B.

     I’m a mindfulness convert, as of about 3 years ago.  My psychiatrist suggested it might help prevent relapses into a state of anxiety, and so it has proved to be.  Tiny Buddha is great, Lori!  Keep up the good work.

  • Carol

    I love the idea of not having to “fix” everything.  Just notice.  Thanks for this interview article – I’d love to read the book!

  • Dragonfly97603

    Staying in the moment-is so hard to do-would love to win this book to learn more about mindfulness!!!

  • Whitesage

    We forget that while we encourage our children and others to acheive their goals and be kind to themselves their is a child within each of us who would benefit from the Love wisdom and encouragement we so happily share with others

  • Joanna

    I like the idea of bringing mindfulness to everyday activities that are usually performed on automatic.

  • carolynw

    I think I really “need” this book!  Learning more about and practicing mindfulness is something I should work on.

  • Payten

    I am new to this “Tiny Buddha” site and I must say I’m really inspired by all the positive teachings on here. Thank you Lori for sharing these anecdotes of wisdom!

  • I would so love to win this book…. please ;))

  • jrich55

    mindfulness is something i struggle with each day.. but something i work towards as well. I would love to read more about it!

  • Ana

    I want to be more mindful in my life. I think I have improved some, but still need to practice it and be mindful about it! Loved the interview! Hope I can get the book 🙂

  • Soph Ryan70

    I struggled to stay focused and read the article, my mind was jumping all over the place like a fly on a skillet. Constantly distracted by the different thoughts & fears bombarding me. I would love to win this book to learn how to calm my mind down and be present!

  • Chris

    It is always so simple. And yet I continue to loose my focus and walk by the obvious, the best choice…

  • Ashlee Gray

    This sounds great.  I would love to be entered to win.  Thanks!

  • Emma

    I agree that the concept of self parenting is amazing. Especially for people who were not parented appropriately childhood, I love that mindfulness is a way to repair that and reach a sense of emotional wholeness. It gives people hope. 

  • michelle

    always learning and would love the book.
    Michelle

  • Jammerbeas

    I would love to be entered! I am new to meditation so I believe this will definitely help me. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • rboone

     Beautiful and timely concept.

  • Lucy_mcleod

    This sounds wonderful. I am in the path to sell awareness and this book sounds like a great tool to assist with bringing mindfulness to your life. Whoever wins, enjoy.

  • I’ve spent the past few months working towards a more mindful practice in my day to day life, I’d love to win a copy of the book to receive a bit more guidance and advice.

  • Dan

    I’m trying to get to grips with mindfulness. This sounds like a great book!

  • Seems like an interesting book for sure. 

  • Sharon

    My best days are when I remember to practice mindfulness!  Would love to read the book.

  • Lori

    Meditation has been calling to me for years.  My “mind” keeps me from fully immersing myself in the practice.  I felt with this book I could see examples and guidelines on how it could work and give me the extra help to make it so!  Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Ryan

    Mindfulness has always been something of interest to me. After losing my job this past Friday, now might be the most opportune time to embrace the present moment and appreciate all that I still have. Thank you, Lori, for being an inspiration.

  • Billie

    This interview was very helpful. I’ve been researching on mindfulness recently as I work as a therapist. I would love to win the book to gain more insight on this and also to use it as a resource for the clients that I see – who not only have depression and anxiety issues but other mental illnesses.

  • I’d  like to explore how your surroundings change the way you feel/respond more. I have just moved to a new area and having a hard time “getting it” or grieving the connections left behind…being mindful, even with the cup of tea suggestion, slowing down helps me to see things as they are and not project..

  • Lyndzdoll

    Mindfulness is one of the most difficult things to accomplish in this fast-paced multi-tasking world, but I believe it’s the thing that we all need the most!

  • I started a Blog for the first time in my life this past week, this is an excert from my first post entitled ‘Changes’ –

    “I found a post from a site that I subscribe to called Tiny Buddha
    about how we fight change as a basic human instinct and how it can
    undermine our efforts to do things that are healthy for us.  Reading
    this helped me to realise that it really is just old-fashioned fear of
    change and uncertainty that I’m battling.  Fear I can handle when I know
    where it’s coming from.  I learnt long ago that the fear of something
    is always worse than the object / topic of the fear itself.  It saddens
    me to know that some people never confront their fears to learn this as
    it is such an empowering lesson to learn how to face / confront your
    fears and to get past them.  True they are always terrifying until you
    get past them and then you wonder what you were ever afraid of.The same site of Tiny Buddha
    words of wisdom had a post about being kind to yourself.  Yes I know I
    needed reminding of all of this today my brain was not helping.  Making
    an effort to get out of the place I’m staying in and ‘be kind to
    myself’, I took myself off to see a movie – The Best Exotic Marigold
    Hotel.  This became the source of the next quote today that rang true
    with where I am at:-
    “It will all be okay in the end and if it isn’t okay, then it’s not the end.” – Paola Coelho”

    I am just starting out on a path to being more mindful in my daily life.  Some days are better than others and when I get it and can ‘Self Parent’ or as another book I’ve recently read calls it ‘Self Sooth’ and take time out to sit with my feelings as uncomfortable as they may be, I find that I can approach my situation in a much more constructive way and with better outcomes.  As I said though I’m starting on this journey and still learning, I would love a copy of ‘The Mindful Manifesto’ to learn more from on my journey.  Above all what I am having to learn is to forgive myself for not remembering my mindfulness as often as I’d like to, but I’ll get there eventually.

  • Kathylf

    I have recently begun practicing a daily meditation and can’t believe I waited until I was almost 60 to try it! I am anxious to learn more and practice more. Thanks for your wonderful blog and for the opportunity to win this book
    Kathy Farnsworth
    Kathylf@msn.com

  • Marybeth

    You mentioned above that “we can learn to… tolerate our thoughts and feelings”, and I think this is important, to help people come to this awareness.  Thank you.

  • Dan Holahan

    Sounds like she started mindfulness practice for the same reasons I did, stress, anxiety and depression.  

  • Nicola

    In the midst of fighting the depression at the moment. I’ve turned to meditation and mindfulness in an attempt to build up some resilience. With kids underfoot all day, I’d really like to improve at quieting the inner critic and just enjoying the moment.

  • Dawn

    I think I’m pretty mindful leading up to and during the act of smoking. It just doesn’t seem to stop me from smoking. I think I must be doing it wrong. 

  • Kari Mcardle

    I almost cried just reading that interview! I too, have difficulty remembering to live in the moment. You put it into words in a way I never could, and in turn helped me look in the ‘mirror’. Thank you for this!

  • Ashley

    I would really love to win this…thanks for the chance 🙂

  • Very interesting post.   Have used mindfulness based practice in the past in helping to deal with depression.   Love the many posts on this blog about various topics of living consciously, etc.   I am a massage therapist and watch your blog on an on-going basis and have tweeted and FB’d about your posts and encouraged others to read them.  Thanks! 

  • Mcrose1186

    Sounds like a great book!

  • Matt

    I agree with Sue!  That was just what I needed to hear today.

  • Mchandler62

    I wanted to thank you Lori for your website.   It is very inspiring and since I have signed up for the daily’s – it seems to be exactly what i need for that day!! Thanks again.

  • Ashquib

    I really enjoyed his last answer. I truly believe if we all took time to enjoy the little things we would be so much happier and grateful for life. 

  • Sonia

    I need to remind myself on daily basis to live in the moment and be more mindful. Would certainly love to read this book.

  • Tasha

    I love the insight, the inspiration, the website and you! Thanks for all you do.

  • JL

    Thanks for reminding me to slow down and take the moment in – the feel, smell, even temperature of what I am touching ( like the tea example.) I think of it sometimes when the sun is shining after a couple of grey days. I will just stand on my deck, eyes closed, listening to the birds and river, feeling the sun’s heat and taking a deep breath. I need to be in the moment more often.

  • Daniellev89

    We need to hug ourselves more. It will create more opportunities to give hugs to others.

  • Shawneehersey

    I can’t wait to sip a cup of tea in the morning!

  • Hpcuriel

    Great interview! I’m learning to be mindful of my body and be a better parent to myself. Love this blog!

  • toudama

    I am pretty mindful in nature but have a tendency to forget to be mindful in times of stress. Perhaps, it is during these times that we should be most mindful.  I really enjoyed this interview.  

  • Rosemary

    This book is definitely going on my wishlist.

  • intrepid_girl

    Beautiful! I love how a such a simple practice can have such profound effects. I particularly liked his description of embodied mindfulness and how really paying attention to the feelings within our body give us a clue to what’s going on in our heads! I can say from experience this has helped me immensely.

  • Sfell

    Sounds interesting.

  • Tyffanie

    Ooo sounds like a book I could most definitely use! Thanks for writing about it!

  • ker

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with mindfulness with us.  I am attempting to practice this, yoga, and build a meditation practice to assuage anxiety and manage depression holistically.  Today, I am struggling and I am grateful for this timing of this encouragement.

  • Sparkles

    This article resonates with me a lot…. Mindfulness/meditation was actually my next avenue of ‘exploration’ as ive seen it mentioned/pop up in my life in the last couple weeks or so. Paying special attention to enjoying my cup of tea this morning! 🙂

  • Katy

    I need agree with Sue below, I also love the idea of self-parenting! This concept of acting as a loving and compassionate parent is something I’ve tried to adapt over the years when working through problems. I’ve actually found speaking to myself in the mirror with compassion to be the most helpful in making an impression within myself. It makes the experience feel a bit more concrete and comforting then when I just comfort myself within my head.

  • Rachel

    Thank you for sharing this! I always have to bring myself back to what’s happening RIGHT NOW & remind myself that the past is over & the future hasn’t happened yet. The present moment is all we have. The book sounds so very worthy of reading!

  • Shannon L

    This looks like a fabulous read

  • carolesue

    “Be Here Now”
         …Dr. Alan Watts 

  • I think being more mindful, less embodied, is so important.

  • AGUest

    There are so many great sites like The Tiny Buddha that I often feel overwhelmed even on how to be mindful, happy, self-aware, at peace, the works.  I’m trying to narrow down.  Seems like the Manifesto could help. 

  • Deborah

    “Mindfulness teaches us how to manage our impulses. We learn to stay with our experience, to befriend our feelings, even when they’re unpleasant. We create a space between our impulses and our actions, and so create the possibility of choosing differently”
    >this has been my experience with the practice of mindfulness…it slows me down…widens my scope of the present moment….& fills me with compassion.

  • Bentley831

    I am working on becoming more mindful, definitely a process. This book is on my must read list!

  • M J

    It’s fascinating how being mindful can truly impact every aspect of your life!

  • Nan

    I stumbled on to mindfulness years ago when I was exploring my choices and yearning for the right direction…though, as life takes us in many directions and presents new sets of complications, one loses the path.  Then, after the discovery of my artistic talents at a wonderful academy, I began, again, morning meditation, which helps a painter find “the right way” with a painting, There was a “where have you been for so long?” moment.  Meditation is indeed the way to be one’s true self.

  • Jfdevinejr

    Mindfulness has a big place in personal change. It however requires consistency, another characteristic I need to be mindful about. Sometimes exhausting

  • Samantha

    I’m so excited about this book! I’ve been practicing yoga for almost 2 years and I’m trying to expand the mindfulness I get during my practice to the rest of my life.

  • music25

    Great interview!  This book is now on my “must read” list.

  • mon

    i always leave this blog with a new tool to help me look at life more positively… something i desperately need.

  • meesh131

    I’m somewhat new to mindfulness… but the more i read about it the more i feel i can grow and achieve in my life! thanks for sharing your wisdom and insight!

  • I do a type of tea meditation too. I love the whole ritual of making the tea, smelling the tea leaves, holding the warm cup, tasting it. It’s a beautiful way to start my day.

  • Ned

    I struggle with living in today.  This book looks like it might be able to help me.  Thank you.

  • Jen

    Being mindful has changed my life. Words can’t even describe how something as simple as paying attention can alter everything. I’m a lot kinder and gentler to myself and a lot more aware of what goes on inside and outside of me. It’s been a wonderful gift and has made my journey on this earth much more enjoyable. This looks like a fantastic book to help me along that journey.

  • Silubben

    That cup of tea meditation is right on spot, what a wonderful way for me to bring mindfulness into my everyday life. Thank you.

  • Layla Morgan Wilde

    Seeing Oprah in person in New York this week blew my beginner’s mind. I thought I’d heard it all until I heard it as if for the first time. Much gratitude in my heart for those sharing on the path like you.

  • Jamie Martin

    Hmmm, self parenting, interesting..

  • Vinay Raj

    Mindfulness has to be practised deliberately and consciously by becoming an observer and practising silence.

  • Tiffany

    Being mindful sounds like a great way to view and appreciate life. I’m definitely going to look into this book!

  • I love the idea of not fighting with ourselves anymore, and the cup of tea awareness – priceless!

  • Linda

    Each day I look forward to reading the comments by Tina Buddha, many I print out to put in my leaf booklet for stressful moments.  Often I share the post via email to those I know would benefit from the current reading.  When I remain in the NOW I am aware and serene, and I like that.  Thanks for your wonderful sharings.  I so need them.

  • Elisa Black

    This book sounds like something that I could really use.  I liked reading the interview questions with the author about the book’s content.  Thank you for offering this giveaway, and thank you, also, for your daily Tiny Buddha e-mails– they are a valuable part of my own self-therapy in learning to become more mindful and reflective, and toaccept and befriend myself as I am, instead of fighting with or criticizing myself for what I am not.  

  • I would love to learn to mediate better, it’s like a real hard thing for me – I guess I have to keep at it.  Minding my mindfulness is something I have to work on.  My life I alwys put others needs first and Now I have to be mindful of only me…Thank you,.

  • I would love to check this book out!  Thanks for the chance to win a copy. 🙂

  • Teanndhariwal

    I love the tea meditation idea! Definitely will give it a try!

  • Lauren

    We all attempt to multitask too often, and miss out on some beautiful details of our surroundings in the process. Thank you for The fantastic advice, as always. 🙂

  • JBA

    It makes perfect sense to me!

  • Belinda

     As a single, full time working parent of 2 children, I am on a journey of self improvement and keen to embrace meditation and mindfulness – if only I allocated time for it/me! The self parenting reference is great.  It was an insightful interview about what would obviously be an extremely beneficial book. I loved the following statement…..”But actually, the present moment is the only place we can be, and so the first step to effective changes is to learn to work with what’s actually happening now.”  Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this book.

  • Harpreet

    I would Love to win this 🙂

  • Cg79

    Interesting interview!  Thank you so much for the wisdom imparted daily through Tiny Buddha.  

  • HerNameIsMel

    <3 Thank you Tiny Buddha for spreading the love and sharing tools to better ourselves and this universe.

  • sweetborigirl

    I am starting to learn about mindfulness now, I don’t know much about it but I think this book would help me learn about it. This is my first comment in this site and just want to say to Lori Deschene thank you so much for creating this website and for making the Tiny Buddha book. I bought it not long ago, the book and this website it have changed my life. Thank you so much. I know I have a lot to learn but this is my start.