Stop doing, stop moving, stop twisting and turning.
are the first steps toward inner calm and increased mental clarity,
says psychiatrist and leading meditation practitioner Christophe André,
who in this book guides us through the art of mindfulness, beginning
with art itself. Looking at Mindfulness collects classic and
esoteric paintings, from Rembrandt to Hopper to Magritte, and offers a
lucid commentary on the inner workings of each. André describes the
dynamic on the canvas, and turns to the viewer's own reactions,
exploring the connection between what we see and what we feel. Moving
beyond the art on the page, André teaches us what it means to consider
our surroundings, our daily interactions and obligations, and their
effect on our inner well-being. The paintings are a visual and tangible
first step to understanding mindfulness and the benefits of living in
the moment. In practicing mindfulness, within ourselves and out in the
world, each of us can make immediate, meaningful, and permanent changes
in our well-being and the well-being of others.
Beautifully written, wonderfully accessible for any novice or expert, Looking at Mindfulness
delivers practical steps and a comprehensive understanding of the
practice and meaning of mindfulness and meditation. An authentic and
effortless voice, André brings clarity to what it means to live
mindfully and how we can make a more conscious effort to do so.