Enhance your awareness, achieve higher focus and happiness, and improve all levels of your health with the supportive practices in this guide to mindful living. Featuring over twenty-five leading meditation and mindfulness experts, Llewellyn's Complete Book of Mindful Living shows you how to boost your well-being and overcome obstacles.
With an impressive array of topics by visionary teachers and authors, this comprehensive book provides inspiration, discussion, and specific techniques based on the transformative applications of mindfulness: basic understanding and practices, better health, loving your body, reaching your potential, and connecting to subtle energy and spirit. Using meditation, breathwork, and other powerful exercises, you'll bring the many benefits of mindfulness into your everyday life.
Contributors include Rachel Avalon, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Sarah Bowen, Jeanne Van Bronkhorst, Erin Byron, Robert Butera, Jack Canfield, Alexandra Chauran, Cyndi Dale, Sherrie Dillard, Guy Finley, Rolf Gates, Melissa Grabau, Servet Hasan, Ana Holub, Patricia Johnson, Shakta Khalsa, Melanie Klein, Danielle MacKinnon, Mark A. Michaels, William L. Mikulas, Thomas Moore, Keith Park, Deborah Sandella, Amy B. Scher, Tess Whitehurst, and Angela Wix.
About the Author
Robert Butera, MDiv, PhD (Devon, PA), founded YogaLife Institute in Pennsylvania, where he trains yoga teachers and Comprehensive Yoga Therapists. Robert's PhD at CA Institute of Integral Studies focused on Yoga Therapy. He authored The Pure Heart of Yoga, Meditation for Your Life, and Yoga Therapy for Stress and Anxiety. Visit him online at www.YogaLifeInstitute.com.
Erin Byron, MA, is a psychotherapist who has studied yoga psychology and expressive arts for twenty years. She is one of the founders of Comprehensive Yoga Therapist Training, specializing in mental health, and author of numerous books and articles on yoga therapy. Erin brings laughter, creativity and play into all of her writing and lectures as she connects you to the joy of what is possible in life. Visit her online at www.ErinByron.com.~
William L. Mikulas, PhD (Pensacola, Florida) is the author of numerous books and articles on interfacing Western psychology and Eastern wisdom and health traditions. He has been a college professor for 40 years, during which he earned many awards for teaching, research, and service, and became Professor Emeritus in 2009. Mikulas has also done lectures, interviews, and workshops around the world on Buddhist and Western psychology.
Amy B. Scher is a leading voice in the field of mind-body-spirit healing. As an energy therapist, Amy uses energy therapy techniques to help those experiencing illness and those in need of emotional healing. She has been featured on healthcare blogs, CNN, Curve magazine, Elephant Journal, and the San Francisco Book Review. Amy was also named one of Advocate’s “40 Under 40” for 2013. She lives in California.
Keith Park, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and national board-certified counselor. He is the founder and director of Solutions Counseling, a solution-based counseling service, and Inner Life Meetings, a small group forum, both of which are devoted to helping people discover and develop their inner potential and life goals. He lives in Southern California. Visit him online at http://www.theserenitysolution.com/.
Danielle MacKinnon (Boston, MA) is a highly gifted intuitive and coach who has appeared on TV and radio around the world. She's also an esteemed faculty member at the Omega Institute, the Kripalu Center, and many other globally recognized teaching and wellness institutions. Her school, the Danielle MacKinnon School of Animal Communication, has given the field of animal communication more global visibility than ever before. Each year Danielle leads thousands of people through their challenges and into a world of miraculous possibility. Visit her online at www.DanielleMacKinnon.com.
Angela Wix (Western Wisconsin) has contributed her writing to The Edge, Elephant Journal, and Llewellyn's Complete Book of Mindful Living. Angela has professionally practiced massage therapy and energy medicine, and she is certified in Reiki at the master level. She also studied in a three-year program on energy-based healing for ordination as a minister of holistic healing.
Dr. Alexandra Chauran, of Port Moody, Canada, received a master's degree in teaching from Seattle University and a doctorate from Valdosta State University. She is the author of dozens of books, including Crystal Ball Reading for Beginners, Have You Been Hexed?, and Getting Through It. In her spare time she enjoys streaming on Twitch as QueenOfDiamonds and chatting with readers.
Melissa Grabau, PhD, (Roseville, CA) received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University in 1998. She became licensed as a psychologist in California in 2001 and has been in private practice since 2003. More recently, she has broadened her existential/humanistic background in psychology to incorporate her long-standing interest in yoga and Eastern psychology. She is a certified yoga teacher and currently integrates mind-body techniques in her work with clients.
Jeanne Van Bronkhorst has worked with people facing life-threatening illness for twenty years, including ten years as a hospice social worker and bereavement counselor. She has led grief groups and trained volunteers in how to sit with grief for several different hospice organizations in the US and Canada. She has graduate degrees in psychology and in social work with a strong interest in social science research. Her life-long interest in dreams led her to introduce dream appreciation into her hospice work, which eventually became the basis for this book. She lives in Ontario, Canada.
Servet Hasan (California) was born into a psychically gifted family in Pakistan. A student of the mystic masters of the Far East, Hasan helps inspire others to attain their full potential through her television and radio appearances, live seminars, workshops, articles, and books.
Melanie C. Klein, MA, is an empowerment coach, thought leader, and influencer in the areas of body confidence, authentic empowerment, and visibility. She is also a successful writer, speaker, and professor of sociology and women's studies. She is the coeditor of Yoga and Body Image (Llewellyn, 2014), Yoga, the Body and Embodied Social Change (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016), Yoga Rising (Llewellyn, 2018), and Embodied Resilience through Yoga (Llewellyn, 2020). She's also a contributor in 21st Century Yoga (Horton & Harvey, 2012), and she's featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis (Shroff, 2014) and Llewellyn's Complete Book of Mindful Living (Llewellyn, 2016). She co-founded the Yoga and Body Image Coalition in 2014 and lives in Santa Monica, California.
Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, a devoted married couple, have been teaching Tantra together since 1999. Their approach combines traditional lineage-based Tantra with the best contemporary methods so that students can bring heightened awareness and expanded capacity for pleasure into all aspects of life. The authors are senior students of Dr. Jonn Mumford (Swami Anandakapila Saraswati), and have been named lineage holder of the OM Kara Kriya® system for the Americas and Europe. Sunyata, co-author of The Jewel in the Lotus, named Michaels his lineage holder in 2001. The two have also studied Bhakti Yoga with Bhagavan Das, and Tantra with Dr. Rudy Ballentine.
Ana Holub, MA (Mount Shasta, CA) is a forgiveness counselor, author, poet, and peace educator. She holds a BA in Peace Studies and an MA in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law. Ana is also a certified Domestic Violence counselor and Radical Forgiveness coach. She's deeply inspired by her daily study of A Course in Miracles, meditation, and yoga. From her own difficult childhood to becoming a successful counselor, Ana knows firsthand the benefits of using forgiveness as a tool for inner peace and freedom. Over the past twenty years, she's worked with thousands of people, including women, men, teens, couples, government, at-risk families, prison inmates, non-profits, businesses, and schools.
Ana teaches workshops internationally on forgiveness, self-empowerment, women's issues, emotional healing, and communication skills. Her work includesThe Edges Are Friendly (poetry), The Healing Power of Forgiveness audio CD, and three e-courses ("Letting Go with Forgiveness," "Claiming Your Emotional Well-Being," and "Blessings from A Course in Miracles").
Ana has worked for over 20 years in the fields of peacemaking and reconciliation, teaching her clients practical skills for living boldly in harmony, strength and empowerment. Visit her online at AnaHolub.com.
Guy Finley is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and bestselling self-help author. He is the Founder and Director of Life of Learning Foundation, a nonprofit center for transcendent self-study located in Merlin, Oregon. He also hosts the Foundation's Wisdom School, an online self-discovery program for seekers of higher self-knowledge. He is the best-selling author of The Secret of Letting Go and 45 other books and audio programs that have sold over 2 million copies, in 26 languages, worldwide. Guy's latest book, Relationship Magic: Waking Up Together, applies decades of spiritual wisdom to practical relationship challenges, transforming any relationship from mundane to magical. Visit him online at www.guyfinley.org.
Tess Whitehurst (Boulder, CO) teaches magical and intuitive arts in live workshops and via her online community and learning hub, the Good Vibe Tribe Online School of Magical Arts. An award-winning author, she's written eight books, which have been translated into eighteen languages. She has appeared on the Bravo TV show Flipping Out as well as morning shows on both Fox and NBC, and her writing has been featured in Writer's Digest, Spirit and Destiny (in the UK), and online at elephantjournal.com.
Cyndi Dale (Minneapolis, MN) is an internationally renowned author, speaker, healer, and business consultant. She is president of Life Systems Services, through which she has conducted over 65,000 client sessions and presented training classes throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Cyndi is the author of more than a dozen books, including Llewellyn's Little Book of Chakras, The Spiritual Power of Empathy, and Awaken Clairvoyant Energy.
Sherrie Dillard (Durham, North Carolina) has been a professional psychic, medium, and therapist for over thirty years and she has given over 50,000 readings worldwide. She has taught intuition development at Duke University Continuing Studies, and has led workshops and classes on spiritual development and spiritual healing nationally and internationally. Sherrie has been featured on radio and television for her innovative books and her work as a psychic detective, medical intuitive, and medium. Additionally, she holds a Master of Divinity degree in New Thought pastoral counseling.
Shakta Khalsa (Sterling, VA) is one of the world’s leading experts on children and yoga, having worked with both since the mid-1970s. She is the founder of Radiant Child Yoga, one of the most well-known training programs for children’s yoga and mindfulness. She is a trained yoga professional at the highest level (ERYT-500), and was named one of the top five Kundalini Yoga teachers in the world by Yoga Journal. Shakta studied under the direct guidance of Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, and she's also the author of five yoga books, including Fly Like A Butterfly: Yoga for Children and Kundalini Yoga. Visit her online at www.ChildrensYoga.com.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Introduction by Robert Butera, PhD and Erin Byron, MA
For Basic Understanding and Practice
Chapter 1: The Mind in Mindfulness Meditation by Erin Byron, MA
Article- Meditation: The Ultimate Wireless Connection by Michael Bernard Beckwith
Chapter 2: Starting Out: Breathwork, Awareness, and Concentration by William L. Mikulas, PhD
Chapter 3: Deep Breathing by Robert Butera, PhD
Article-Paying Attention on Purpose by Amy B. Scher
Chapter 4: Mindfulness and Insight for Problem Solving by Keith Park, PhD
Article-Identifying Stressful Behaviors by Robert Butera, PhD
For Your Health
Chapter 5: How Pets Help Us Live in the Moment by Danielle MacKinnon
Chapter 6: Mindfulness for Sleep and Physical Relaxation by Robert Butera, PhD and Erin Byron, MA
Chapter 7: Finding Wellness through Mindful Earth Connection by Angela Wix
Article-Indirect and Spiritual Forms of Grounding by Alexandra Chauran
Chapter 8: The Connection between Mindful Eating and Sustainable Living by Rachel Avalon
Article- Your Path to Mindful Eating by Melissa Grabau, PhD
Article- Mindful Non-Attachment: Relating to Cravings and Urges by Sarah Bowen, PhD
Chapter 9: Mindfulness and Illness, Chronic Conditions, and Pain Relief by Erin Byron, MA
Chapter 10: A Mindful Approach to the End of Life by Jeanne Van Bronkhorst, MA, MSW
Chapter 11: Mourning Mindfully: Working through Times of Transition by Servet Hasan
Article- Dreams in Times of Grief by Jeanne Van Bronkhorst, MA, MSW
For the Love of Your Body
Article- Mindful Movement and Creating a Wellness Practice by Rolf Gates
Chapter 12: Body Image and Cultivating Self-Love by Melanie Klein, MA
Chapter 13: Mindful Sex by Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson
For Reaching Potential
Chapter 14: The Mindful Path to Acceptance and Forgiveness by Ana Holub
Chapter 15: Breaking Dependency to Live an Authentic Life by Guy Finley
Chapter 16: Mindful Manifesting: Finding Life Purpose and Fulfillment by Servet Hasan
Article-Accessing Your Core Genius for Abundance and Success by Jack Canfield and Deborah Sandella, PhD
Chapter 17: Clearing and Creating Space for Inner Peace by Tess Whitehurst
Chapter 18: World Healing and Mindful Society by Alexandra Chauran
Article-Peace in Our Hearts, Peace in Our World: A Practice by Shakta Khalsa
For Subtle Energy and Spirit
Article-Meditating from the Deep Soul by Thomas Moore, PhD
Chapter 19: Enhancing Your Energetic Vibration by Cyndi Dale
Chapter 20: Awareness of Spirit by Sherrie Dillard