Urban Mindfulness: Cultivating Peace, Presence, and Purpose in the Middle of It All

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Discovering an Oasis of Calm in the City

The city is an exciting yet demanding place to live. Although you love the tremendous energy and diversity of the urban environment, the day-to-day grind of going to work and navigating crowds, traffic, and lines can leave you feeling weary and disconnected.

Respectful of the challenges and advantages that arise when you live or work in the city, Urban Mindfulness provides practical advice for ...

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Overview

Discovering an Oasis of Calm in the City

The city is an exciting yet demanding place to live. Although you love the tremendous energy and diversity of the urban environment, the day-to-day grind of going to work and navigating crowds, traffic, and lines can leave you feeling weary and disconnected.

Respectful of the challenges and advantages that arise when you live or work in the city, Urban Mindfulness provides practical advice for transforming everyday experiences into opportunities for contemplation, stress relief, and fulfillment. Filled with insightful reflections and exercises you can do at work, at home, or even while riding the subway, this guide will help you achieve and maintain the sense of peace and calm that you've been seeking. You'll find yourself returning to this guide again and again for gentle reminders that will help you create stillness within yourself as the outside world rushes crazily by.

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Editorial Reviews

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"What if your city were converted into a Zen practice center overnight? How would you manage take-out food, apartment envy, online dating, and waiting for the bus? This delightful book can make your city shine, and if you don’t live in the city, you’ll wish you did. It’s about mindfulness as it’s truly lived—deep, curious, and full of fun."
—Christopher K. Germer, PhD, clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

"Jonathan Kaplan’s Urban Mindfulness is an engaging, useful, and enlightening guide to living in a world that often seems filled with pressure, chaos, and tension. This is a book that you can use every day to help you find peace and purpose in the smallest but most important moments of your life. There is peace out there, and it comes from within."
—Robert L. Leahy, PhD, director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy and clinical professor of psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College

"Although city living can be stressful, it also provides us with many opportunities for reflection and insight. This book reminds us that we can discover tranquility within ourselves and connection in the city itself. It is an excellent guide with many helpful suggestions on how to do just that."
—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

"In Urban Mindfulness, Kaplan provides a host of ways to practice being aware, without judgment, in the present moment, in the midst of busy, complex, city-based lives. This book can serve as a useful, practical resource for anyone interested in cultivating mindfulness within the context of their lives, as opposed to during a remote retreat. The wide range of exercises, such as the subway meditation and mindful texting exercise, ensures that readers will find several practices that speak to them."
—Lizabeth Roemer, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston and coauthor of The Mindful Way Through Anxiety

"Many thanks to Kaplan for offering so many practical and rewarding ways to be more mindful in urban environments. In this easy-to-use book, he reminds us that being mindful is simply about being aware and present and it is not dependent on, or limited by, where we are or what we are doing."
Jeffrey Brantley, MD, author of Five Good Minutes and Calming Your Anxious Mind

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572247499
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,376,786
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan S. Kaplan, PhD,, is a clinical psychologist and founder of UrbanMindfulness. org,. He specializes in the application of mindfulness and meditation to psychotherapy and maintains a private practice in New York City where he provides psychotherapy, professional training, and clinical supervision. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction
At Home.
Meditation at Home: A Dialogue Between Inner and Outer Spaces Mini Mindfulness Masters at Home Change Your Brain, Change Your Roommate Talkin’ Trash Apartment Envy Spot Cleaning Thanks for the Noise, Neighbor!
Chairman Meow Is So Soft Day of Silence Ghost Town

At Play.
Exercising Acceptance Can You Smell That?
A Walk In the Park Flecks of Green Toddler Time Mindfulness Master You See 'Em, Museum!
The Clothes Make the City, Man Mindful Online Dating Urban "Winefulness”

At Work.
Coffee with Milk, Sugar, and Mindfulness When Does Your Workday Begin and End?
Thanks, Stapler!
"Work” Is a Four-Letter Word—So Is "Play”
Mindfulness First-Aid Kit Pushing Buttons Sensory "Quintathlon”
Going Up and Down, Mindfully Fern Meditation Have a Nice Day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2011

    An accessible guide on mindfulness - Worth a read!

    I imagine if you are picking up a book like Urban Mindfulness you probably already have some type of affinity for Buddhism. As someone who just observes "religions" and doesn't practice them I don't necessarily find this book as useful as I want it to be for me. Kaplan is saying a lot of things people already KNOW, but they can't put into practice. Yes, I know when I'm on the crowded train that I shouldn't stress about it because I will eventually get off, but in the moment I need a coping mechanism not logic. I think because I know Kaplan is a doctor, I expected a tad more psychology injected in - though he definitely does bring some into the mix. To be fair I think this book does service its purpose of "mindfulness". If nothing else, Kaplan is bringing to my attention that I am not mindful of things while I'm traveling through the city and rushing to work and drinking my coffee, and emailing,texting, it goes on. So I feel that it doesn't give me the skills to work on changing my disconnect with my world, but it does gently remind me that I am disconnected. Something I LOVE about this book is how its written. Kaplan points out early on that this book is not necessarily meant to be read in chapter order. There are 50 small chapters broken out in to sections that will be pertinent to the part of your life you might be disconnected from, home, work, etc. It's a handy way to divide up information; to not make you feel overwhelmed by needing to read all of this book to understand how to get back in touch with your reality. You can easily skip to the chapter about kids or work, and get some quick insight. I can see me returning to this book when I am feeling desperate and knowing that I can easily find one part that will address my current concern. Needless to say, I read through all the chapters anyway! All in all I do give this book 4 stars because I like the feel of it. I like what it is trying to do for people who live in a big, disconnected, city. And I like how it isn't overwhelming. It may not be for me in its entirety but I feel it's worth a read!

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Essential book for the urban Buddha

    When I started implementing Buddhist practices to my everyday life, people would ask me "How can you practice Buddhism in such a busy, frenetic place?" Well NYC is the perfect to place to practice and this book gives all the examples why. At every second we are given an opportunity to be mindful and fully in our present moment and Dr. Kaplan's book is a great resource for trying to cultivate our mindfulness deeper, at every turn. It is s very accessible read, perfect for those who are just starting to cultivate their mindfulness practice. But it also makes for a great refresher to those who have already tapped into their Buddha-nature. If you are looking for a clear and comprehensive guide to cultivating a more peaceful, mindful way of living in an urban environment, please pick this book up!

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    Spreading Peace & Positivity in NYC

    This book provides some excellent tips on how to incorporate mindfulness practices into the fast paced city life. I recently moved out of NYC, in part because of the city's chaos, and after reading this book I almost want to try the city out again! Each chapter provides unique advice relevant to a particular issue, (e.g., noisy neighbors) and guides you on how to use such stressful moments as opportunities for practice. Ultimately, mindfulness practice helps cultivate QUALITY into every moment of your life, and it helps the people around you too! By using some of Jonathan's everyday suggestions, such as being more mindful of the way we throw out our trash, we can make a big difference in someone else's day. For example, instead of just throwing out your half empty coffee in the trash, drain all the liquid first so that the dedicated workers who keep our city clean don't get too messy. It's little things like this that can make such a big difference in somebody else's day, and spark a positive chain reaction! Also, I loved the format of this book. The chapters are laid out in such a way that you don't have to read the book straight through, but rather you can focus on what parts are particularly relevant to you. If you are serious about wanting to make changes in your life, and you are willing to put in the work, I think this book is a great tool to get you started! - Alyssa

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Sensational Tools For Honing Urban Spirituality

    We all need methods by which to deal with our environs. Kaplen's book proves we simply need to look around us...but, with appreciation, purpose and honesty. This is a first book. I hope there are more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2010

    A major disapointment

    With a trendy, catchy title this book looks compelling. Unfortunately this book is just a failed effort to lump together two ideas in a desperate effort to appeal to a young hip urbanite crowd. There are many other books out there about mindfulness that you can read, don't bother with this one.

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    Posted November 28, 2010

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