A New Approach to Mindfulness: Mindful Stories (MiSt)
Offering a new and innovative approach to mindfulness using short stories and written for both individuals and groups, this book encourages readers to examine their lives, past, present and future. The 100 stories provided here, written in 25 quartets, ascend from the ‘Base Camp’ of self-awareness, through the various levels of the ‘Slope’, and the ‘Crest’, to the ‘Summit’ of a new personal and collective understandings.
Simon Bell is a group practitioner, and his professional career as Professor, CEO and writer has allowed him the privilege of working in more than 40 countries over 30 years. He has always worked with diverse groups, helping them to find their own solutions to their issues. From environmental policy to health sector strategy, from ICT planning to community engagement, and from fear assessment to personal development, the mind of the group has been the palette from which he has drawn his professional practice. He loves to innovate methods which help people, and to share this innovation in creative ways.
“There will be a moment in your life when you need this book, when its stories connect with you. It is an essential companion for the journeys ahead.”
Open University, UK
“I really believe this book to be important. […] Simon has captured and shared stories that resonate on various levels that can be heard or understood in many ways. Follow his suggested reading plan or, do what I did, and flick through stories that look interesting. I promise you will not be disappointed!”
Dr Tessa Berg
Associate Professor, School of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, UK
“Through the medium of beautifully told stories he gives us all the opportunity to step back and consider the significance of the themes in the stories for our own on-going story. This is not a book of short stories to gallop through. It is more like an exercise book for Group Awareness: something to dip into in quiet moments to find sustenance to help review the many group encounters that feature so prominently in our complex lives.”
Professor Emeritus, Loughborough University, UK
“I love them! Every story is so different from each other, they keep surprising me. I find them extremely thought-provoking. You just cannot read one after another, you need to pause and take a good moment to digest. I want to join a reading circle to discuss the stories with others!”
Dr Ulla Rosenström
Chief Senior Specialist, Government Strategy Department, Prime Minister’s Office, Finland
“In today’s complex, challenging and hectic world, we need an oasis of mindful practice and a well we can drink from. Simon offers us the opportunity to better understand and make sense of ourselves and how we are with each other.”
Head of Advisory, Watershed Partners, British Columbia, Canada
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