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The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy From Morning to Evening

The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy From Morning to Evening

by Laurie J. Cameron


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For overscheduled professionals looking to incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives, this step-by-step guide draws on contemplative traditions, modern neuroscience, and leading psychology to bring peace and focus to the home, in the workplace, and beyond.

At the pinnacle of the digital age, it's hard to imagine packing one more thing into our overwhelmed lives. But new research shows that simple daily exercises can change the way our brains work, improve focus, boost productivity, lift our mood, and help us develop greater resilience. In this enriching book, noted teacher and mindfulness expert Laurie Cameron - a veteran of Google's Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute - shows how to seamlessly integrate mindfulness practice into your life. Timeless teachings and straightforward exercises designed for busy schedules — from the morning commute to back-to-back meetings to family dinners - show how mindfulness practice can help you navigate any situation with control and clarity. Cameron's practical wisdom and concrete how-to steps will help you make the most of the present moment, creating a roadmap for inner peace - and a life of deeper purpose and joy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426218361
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,155,084
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Leadership coach and teacher LAURIE J. CAMERON combines Eastern traditions, positive psychology, and neuroscience to help bring mindfulness to business, education, and parenting. In addition to founding PurposeBlue, a leadership company dedicated to mindfulness, Cameron is a certified teacher for Google's Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, which uses mind training and modern technology to help professionals thrive. With 25 years of international management consulting and business leadership experience, Cameron is a sought-after speaker in the United States, Europe, and Asia and has worked with such companies as Google, Deloitte, NASDAQ, Scripps Networks, Accenture, Blue Shield, Williams-Sonoma, Chevron, and H.J. Heinz.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Foundations of Mindfulness 13

Home: Start the Day 27

Wake up to joy 29

Sit still and breathe for five minutes 33

Strengthen a positive outlook 37

Set intentions 41

Reflect in writing 45

Meditate through exercise 49

Shower with awareness 53

Listen to nature's symphony 57

Connect at breakfast 61

Create a morning routine 65

Wave goodbye 71

Work: Seize the Day 73

Transform your commute 75

Greet colleagues with presence 79

Focus your wandering mind 83

Remember your purpose 87

Listen mindfully 91

Lead mindful meetings 95

Email and text mindfully 101

Keep an open mind 107

Banish multitasking 111

Face difficult emotions 117

Create space when overwhelmed 123

Prepare for a tough conversation 127

Reframe challenging situations 131

Calm your inner critic 135

End the workday with ease 139

Play: Enjoy the Day 143

Take pictures 145

Use music 149

Go tor a walk 153

Create something 159

Engage with your children 163

Get outside 167

Visit a museum 171

Travel with curiosity and wonder 175

Love: Enrich the Day 179

Welcome one another 181

Love yourself 185

See your loved ones with fresh eyes 189

Forgive from the heart 193

Choose generosity 197

Touch with presence 201

Gather your posse 205

Be open to grief 209

Home: End the Day 213

Transition peacefully from day to evening 215

Clear your home for calm and joy 219

Cultivate hygge at home 223

Cook with your senses 227

Savor eating 231

Sip evening tea 235

Create a bedtime routine 239

Ease into sleep 243

Afterword 247

Recommended Resources 249

Acknowledgments 253

Selected Sources 257

Index 266

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