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Mindfulness Plain and Simple provides the tools, tips, and tricks you need to destress and declutter your mind.

Inner peace and happiness are available now, and they're closer than you think. By taking just a few minutes out of your day and making the simple but dramatic shift into the present moment, you will find more focus, effectiveness, and clarity than you ever thought possible. There is no jargon, religion, or new-age vision quest, just simple tools to be happier and more confident straightaway.

Oli Doyle is renowned for teaching mindfulness directly to those with no experience. For anyone seeking a simple, practical guide to living mindfully, this book is a must.

©2014 Oli Doyle (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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Tells it straight, with humour.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Happily would have, time permitting. This is a no-nonsense, clear and accessible teaching of Mindfulness. I haven't seen one as well written. Also it uses good humour - I was laughing along as well as nodding my head lots as this applies to me - it applies to the human condition. If anyone wants to de-stress and find some peace as well as greater control and efficiency of mind, you'll find it by reading this book. The narrator was good too. Recommended.

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Instant Enlightenment

I've read so much about mindfulness, as I'm sure a lot of people have. This book nails it, it is so useful from word one. It particularly resonated with me, the examples were spot on, not wishy washy, and they were all relevant. I'm relistening to it straight away as soon as I put this full stop.

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Very interesting

Very interesting read. Talks in language that you can relate to and apply to your own life. Very soothing and reassuring.

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A life changer

So easy to follow and makes such sense. My mindfulness journey starts here and now.

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A great beginners guide to mindfulness

This would be a great book for those starting off on the journey of discovering peace and calm through mindfulness. If you find your brain is doing more talking in a non-stop constant drone, and that the messages you receive seems to be quite negative and your brain within is going in more directions than a London main railway train line, then you’ll probably find a lot of useful ideas in this book. As William Blake once said, “whether we make a heaven or hell of earth, ‘tis the mind that makes it so”. There are some really interesting ideas about the purpose of what mindfulness could achieve. For example, a thought is nothing more than an opinion, an opinion nothing more than a belief, and a belief we hold is nothing more than a story. We tell ourselves stories all the time about who we are and how we are, they could include “I’m no good” or “I really like myself” but which story are we plugged into and listening to. The most important thing to think about is that they are nothing more than stories, not necessarily true and perhaps sometimes we need to tell ourselves a new story that’s much more positive or realistic and without being so hurtful to ourselves so we can have a better quality of life and well-being. Mindfulness helps us to let go of the thoughts that can be negative in many ways and have new thoughts or less stressful thoughts (or even fewer thoughts - just observe, notice and let go) to promote a calmer, less negative life style. This book also include some nice exercises to help practice mindfulness.

I also like the way the book looks at how we deal with emotions. We can’t control them so we need to learn to accept them, just by observing them, noting them and even giving them a name and labelling them (which can really reduce its impact and effect (eg you look, that’s an angry thought). This can often reduce the strength of an emotion.
If we had a boss who constantly yelled at us, even when he’d asked us to do something, we might become upset. However, we seem to allow our own mind to yell at us as often even when we’ve done something that appears to have been set in motion by the mind. We create cycles which can be very harming and need to learn new ways of making sure all of my mind doesn’t shout at me, and when it does appear to come to just observe the thought or your opinion and then let it go and dissolve. And keep remembering that your thoughts are nothing more than that story you tell yourself, that doesn’t mean to say change the story but you can. Short book but could improve or change your life.

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Very Good.

Clear, simple and concise. I definitely feel more peaceful as I am learning to quieten my thoughts.

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Beneficial

I enjoyed listening to this audio book and found the tasks achievable. I will continue with the practices.

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great advice but tough listening due to voice

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great advice but tough listening.

due to narrator's voice difficult to focus on listening without falling asleep

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different narrator

Could you see Mindfulness Plain and Simple being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

no

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would love to listen to it and would purchase it again if by a different narrator

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Does exactly what it says on the tin!

Very clear and accessible book for someone wanting to start their mindfulness journey. Can't wait to read the rest in the series.

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very interesting.

very interesting, well worth spending time to listen or read this book. taking time may well change the way you see or think of things in life.

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very interesting

very good read. very good and clear explaned. I like that it is very rational.