Mindfulness in Plain English

Mindfulness in Plain English

  • Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
  • Eastern Religion/Self-Help
  • Amazon.co.uk

I think this book is just what I needed… let me explain. The voice in my head, thankfully my own, keeps jabbering away about certain aspects of my job: why are we still using this, why aren’t we doing that when the benefits are so great, why aren’t we moving forward, why am I the only one looking at other technologies, why don’t people listen when I say something, why is no one making any decisions. And so it goes on, and on, and on. I have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep. For about 8 hours in the middle of the day I’m angry. And it’s the worst kind of anger, because I work from home, I can’t throw anything, I can’t shout at any one.

So, when I say that I ‘think’ this book is what I need I’m still not sure. I bought the book a month or so ago after Dan Benjamin recommended it on Twitter. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I got around to reading it. I started to meditate, just sat on the edge of my bed, with my eyes closed, concentrating on my breathing. I did this twice a day, sometimes just for 10 minutes, other times for about 20. After awhile you do feel as if you’re going to fall asleep, that’s possibly why I haven’t managed even half an hour yet.

This weekend I have felt happier, not exactly jumping for joy, just less troubled.

The book covers the vipassana style of “insight” meditation, why do it, what it is, how to do it and the benefits it may bring. It’s certainly a book that I’ll have to read again in three or four months. That is if I’m still meditating.

  • Reviewed on Sunday, 20 July 2008
  • Tagged with book review