Shortcuts to Mindfulness: 100 Ways to Personal and Spiritual Growth

Shortcuts to Mindfulness: 100 Ways to Personal and Spiritual Growth

by Catherine Auman LMFT

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989830539
Publisher: Green Tara Press
Publication date: 07/06/2014
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Catherine Auman, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) is a spiritual psychotherapist and the Director of The Transpersonal Counseling Center in Los Angeles, California. She has advanced training in traditional psychology as well as the wisdom traditions. Catherine's writings have been published in journals, magazines, and books in the US, Finland, and Norway. She has a BA in Literature and a Certificate in Creative Writing from Berkeley City College.

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beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this read, it was enjoyable, interesting, inspiring and at the same time uplifting and quite thought provoking. From the authors own collection, 100 short articles for educating the mind that is split into eight inspiring topics and includes factual techniques, information and stories. I knew as soon as I had read the authors first story that I would enjoy reading the rest of the book. With the short chapters it was easy to pick up whenever I had some spare time and found myself reading a lot more than I had planned to each time. The authors insight, perception, writing and underlying meaning for the process or personal and spiritual growth made it completely easy to relate to and open my mind to. A couple of sections in the book really touched base with me especially the one below as it made sense at a difficult stage in my life... In addition to the son in the above relationship needing to move on and create his own adult life, the mother needs to let go of being an actively involved mother and deal with her sadness about her empty nest. Only then will she be able to create a fulfilling post-mothering life for her later years. I will be easily reading this book over and over again, it has a lovely calming effect and I found such an interesting read. I would love to read more from this author as we all need a spiritual lift at some point in our life.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Java Davis for Readers' Favorite Mindfulness has been a theme of mine during this past year, so I was delighted to have a chance to read and review Shortcut to Mindfulness by Catherine Auman. The book is a collection of blog posts, but they are beautifully organized into a cohesive work. Ms. Auman shakes up Eastern and Western New Age philosophies by inserting doses of reality. Catherine Auman incorporated all aspects of her various types of psychotherapy training, plus a year's training in India, to eventually write Shortcut to Mindfulness: 100 Ways to Personal and Spiritual Growth. She offers practical, personal, and yet also spiritual advice on how to improve as a human being, and how to live more mindfully. Ms. Auman is not afraid to poke holes in many areas where she feels that Western culture is approaching self-actualization and self-esteem completely wrong. My favorite chapter was one called: Four Ways Spirituality Can Hurt You. Her four points are: 1) You believe that by thinking positively or by saying affirmations, life will follow your whims and dictates; 2) You take the idea that "you create your own reality" a little too far; 3) You believe that the light can exist without the dark, or that the light is the only thing of value; and 4) You don't do your psychological work because you believe it will just go away if you're spiritual enough. The book is worth its asking price just to read her explanations of those four points. One thing that the cover won't tell you is that this book is woman-centric. Although many aspects of this book are broad-based enough for both sexes, I would love to see a follow-up volume that focused on men's spirituality.
KMH3030 More than 1 year ago
Shortcuts to Mindfulness is a collection of essays written by Auman, an experienced therapist, that covers topics a wide range of topics, all aimed at helping you to grow healthier on a psychological and spiritual level. The topics were incredibly diverse, ranging from helping with depression/happiness, relationships, health- both physical and spiritual, and quite a few more. The essays, though short, are packed full of meaning and insight. This meant I could read just a few pages, and yet come away with a new profound way of looking at things. One of my favorite essays in the book focused on gaining stability in relationships. Auman compared what happens to an area hit by an earthquake that has prepared for the disaster- buildings are built to code, citizens are ready, and though there is damage, the area can quickly recuperate. On the other hand, an area that is not prepared can face greater destruction. Comparing this to people’s lives and relationships, Auman urges people to set out to create stable friendships, so that something like a broken relationship is more easily dealt with. I think that Auman has a talent for presenting her ideas in a way that helps make her advice more insightful and relatable, which made me look forward to reading each essay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! Shortcuts is a great title as the tidbits of advice are given in 2-3 page essays that are easy to read when you have a small amount of time. I found her advice to be witty, inspiring and useful. Her wide range of knowledge allows her to provide advice on a wide range of topics. A few of my favorite essays were, "More than Sexy," "Six Ways to Help Get a Woman in the Mood," "Don't Believe What You Think and "Ego Backlash." The list goes on and on, this truly was an enjoyable book. I hope that many people read this book and follow her guidance. A great book for everyone!! I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
ebomb143 More than 1 year ago
A self-help bible for your well being. Everyone should read this amazing self-help book. This book is down to earth, easy to understand and easy to read. I finished this book in one sitting, I was just fascinated with the topics that Catherine Auman covered. The chapters are concise and to the point which I really enjoyed. I feel like this book was my own therapy session, I could turn any chapter depending how I am feeling that day and would get advice on how to handle that situation I am dealing with. Auman covers every possible chapter and gives you ideas that are possible to change the outcome of your mood. I suffer from a few of the issues she discusses and really liked the solutions she came up with. I really enjoyed reading the Tantric Fusion chapters. This book is full of easy ways that you could benefit from in every way throughout you life. I would recommend this book to everyone because it's a wonderful book to look at whenever you are feeling down or could just use a little guidance. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.