Mindfulness is consciously paying attention to your present experience with a receptive attitude, in order to perceive things more clearly. Mindfulness enables people to get more in touch with the truth of their lives and make more beneficial choices. When people cultivate mindfulness, they experience important physical and emotional benefits. In Idiot's Guides: Mindfulness, readers get: a clear explanation of how mindfulness works and how to practice it in daily life; steps for opening oneself up to the experience of mindfulness; guidance on paying attention to one's body, emotions, and thoughts, and how to overcome the distractions that get in the way; it includes instructions for the top mindfulness meditation methods to help deepen mindfulness; offers ways to use mindfulness to help alleviate anxiety, depression, compulsive behaviors, addiction, and trauma; and, helps with using mindfulness to repair and improve relationships with others, connect with children, and find meaning in life.
Domyo Sater Burk has been practicing mindfulness with a Zen Buddhist approach since 1996. She has experienced first hand the benefits of mindfulness: she was ordained as a Zen monk in 2001, did full-time residential training in a Buddhist community for seven years, and spent thousands of hours in silent meditation retreats. In addition, her previous training as a scientist (she received an M.S. in Wildlife Science in 1997) gave her an ability to understand and appreciate the growing research-based evidence about mindfulness, evidence that proves it is an effective and transformative method for people in all kinds of different settings. Now a qualified meditation teacher, Domyo works to make the benefits of mindfulness and meditation accessible to wider audiences.