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Mindfulness For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Shamash Alidina

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Chapter 18

Ten Mindfulness Myths to Expose

In This Chapter

arrow Recognising common misconceptions about mindfulness

arrow Discovering practical ways to overcome unhelpful ideas

arrow Exploring fundamental aspects of mindfulness

When I told a friend of mine that I teach mindfulness, he said: ‘I don’t think that’s for me – my mind’s full enough already, buddy!’ Mindfulness isn’t about filling up the mind, of course. Mindfulness isn’t just meditation either. If you want to ensure that you’ve got the right idea about mindfulness, check out this chapter and do some ‘mind emptying’ – take this opportunity to root out any wrong ideas you may have about the ancient and modern science and art of mindfulness.

Mindfulness Is All about the Mind

You may have heard this quip: ‘What is mind? Doesn’t matter. What is matter? Never mind!’

As a human being you have the capacity to think. In fact, you can’t help but think. Thinking seems to happen whether you like it or not. Thinking is almost like breathing, and probably happens more frequently. Some experts estimate humans think up to 60,000 thoughts a day! Mindfulness isn’t all about the mind; it takes a step back from thinking rather than stops thinking.

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