Mindfulness Based Life Enhancement

John Darwin

25.00 € / £ 20.00 (Print)

16.00 € / £ 13.00 (eBook)


Subject: Mindfulness based enhanced living

Print: English

ISBN: 978-1-909876-02-6

Pages: 212

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Book Description

Central to this book is Mindfulness Based Life Enhancement (MBLE), an approach to mindfulness which forms the basis for a course that has been taught to over 200 people in the past four years. Unlike some Mindfulness Based Interventions it is nonclinical and open to everyone. The core philosophy is that mindfulness is as much about increasing the positive as it is about reducing the negative; hence the name Life Enhancement.

Detailed Description

MBLE draws upon Buddhist philosophy and psychology, as well as a variety of other disciplines, including Ancient Greek philosophy, social psychology, positive psychology, and learning theory. The first part of the book explains MBLE, looking at the role of mindfulness, mindful learning, the Four Immeasurables, and Positive Psychology. An important feature here are the comments from MBLE participants which illustrate key themes. The second part evaluates the course, drawing on a variety of methods, and drawing in particular on the firstperson experience of participants. The discussion then extends to reflect on what has been learnt, and gives a specific example by considering the implications for senior citizens. Even if you are not one, this should be of interest to you, because you hopefully will be in due course! The final chapter extends this argument to show what mindfulness based enhanced living involves. "Mindfulness based life enhancement is a beautifully written, well informed and inspiring exploration into how practising mindfulness can indeed enhance our lives. Linked to an eight week mindfulness training course, it offers insights into both Buddhist and secular writings on mindfulness along with philosophical and positive psychological ones. It tackles the thorny issue of the relationship between mindfulness and compassion training and highlights the importance of the link between attention and intention (motivation) it is the intention that sets the course and how our minds become organised. Diagrams and summaries are immensely useful. A book to treasure and come back to repeatedly." Professor Paul Gilbert OBE "This book charts a journey in Mindfulness Based Life Enhancement. Drawing on a range of disciplines, it introduces a number of themes to both challenge and inspire those who wish to explore the benefits of living a more mindful life. It offers an opportunity to learn and reflect on both philosophy and practice; the firstperson accounts are refreshing in their honesty and provide insight into how mindfulness practice has supported people in finding equanimity and developing resilience. It is undoubtedly a book to savour." Sue Marriott, Deputy Head, Department of Management, Sheffield Business School

About the Author

John Darwin has been running in courses in Mindfulness Based Life Enhancement since 2010. John’s first career was in community work in north east England; he then joined Newcastle City Council, later becoming a Chief Officer with Sheffield City Council; and then became an academic, teaching on Masters and Doctoral programmes at Sheffield Business School. During this time he took Masters degrees in Mathematical Logic and Business Administration, and completed a Doctorate on “Complexity Theory and Fuzzy Logic in Strategic Management”. He has written a number of books, including The Enterprise Society and Developing Strategies for Change [with Phil Johnson and John McAuley]. John has practised meditation [in the SotoZen tradition] for more than 25 years, and is an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga and QiGong. Since retiring from full time employment he has been studying, practising, and teaching mindfulness. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Mindfulness Based Approaches, and a Master of Science [with distinction] in Mindfulness Studies. John is currently a Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Business School, and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Aberdeen.

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