Monday, December 3, 2012

Book Review: WiseMind/Open Mind by Ronald A. Alexander

This author has provided us with a deluxe edition about Mindfulness, how to use it and how to apply it when changes in life have resulted in an emotional upheaval.  He provides a step by step plan to assist you with staying focused on the light at the end of a tunnel when you are in the ebb and flow of all kinds of emotional experiences related to loss, depression, grief and change of all degrees and intensity. You will find specific meditation exercises, flow charts to fill in, and specific steps to follow.  I really enjoyed his metaphor of one's life being like a mandala.  He offers several tools and insights in how to create and change your life mandala in a positive, life-affirming way.  Creativity is emphasized as a way of awakening "Open Mind".  He discusses something the calls "Mindstrength - the ability to very quickly and easily shift out of reactive mode, and become fully present in the moment, experiencing the full force of your emotions even as you recognize that they are temporary and will soon dissipate."  I found this to be such a helpful guide because I admit that I get lost in the emotional river and often lose sight that it is only temporary.  He teaches Mindfulness as a way of life, especially when major change is afoot.  I would describe the experience of reading this work like finding a life preserver in a swirling sea of emotion during change and loss.  Grab on, it could very well save you from drowning.

Review by Sanna Rose, RScP

WiseMind/Open Mind is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts

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