Mindfulness at Work and Home
The world can be a noisy place. There are constant demands, nagging complaints and decisions to be made. Technology is now setting the pace and we are struggling to keep up. We need time-out and a moment to breathe. So how can we achieve this?
Written by an international barrister Gillian Higgins, who uses mindfulness in all aspects of her life, and referencing the latest scientific research, Mindfulness at Work and Home is a down-to-earth beginners’ guide to mindfulness. As the founder of Practical Meditation, Gillian has pioneered work in mindfulness amongst her professional peers, rapidly building a reputation as a leader in the field. The book is packed with simple hints, tips, quotes, answers to frequently asked questions and Gillian's tried and tested practices, with links to her own recorded meditations.
Gillian also tackles some of the bigger issues such as how mindfulness can help us to reduce stress, increase focus, tame our inner critical voice, overcome fear, improve sleep and reduce anxiety.
This accessible guide also contains personal insights and advice taken from Gillian’s own practice and suggestions on how to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life.
Praise for Mindfulness at Work and Home
"This book is an excellent introduction to mindfulness for all who find the pressure of work or home life stressful. As an international criminal barrister, Gillian Higgins knows first-hand how overwhelming such pressure can be. In this book, written with genuine warmth, openness and clarity, she stays close to the scientific evidence, as well as drawing from her own experience of practicing and teaching mindfulness, to offer simple and practical steps to stay well in the midst of the stresses of life. I warmly commend this book."
Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford
"Mindfulness at work and home demystifies how to practice mindfulness in today’s ever-intensifying world. Higgins weaves the science of neuroplasticity and her own courageous transformation into an accessible guide with grounding meditations, actionable steps, and kind encouragement for meditators of all experience. This book is for those living in the real world looking for focus, compassion, and authenticity in our commute, communication, and all the moments in between."
Author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
“International criminal barrister, Gillian Higgins, has written a comprehensive guide to the benefits of mindfulness meditation for both work and home. She tells us about the profound difference mindfulness has made to her life and gives us a roadmap to discovering what it can do for us. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to you.”
CEO and co-founder of the British School of Meditation and author of Meditation, The Stress Solution
“Mindfulness restores the soul. In these uncertain times, Gillian Higgins provides a path for gaining insight as to who we are, what we are doing and what we should be doing. This book adds meaning to our lives.”
QC, International Barrister
“Gilly is the “Queen of Calm”. Her approach makes life better. I want to buy this book for everyone I know ... and make them read it!”
Miranda Gore Browne
Writer, cook, mother and finalist on the first series of The Great British Bake Off
“Gillian Higgins gives us the science and the benefits of mindfulness meditation and, best of all, really simple tools and techniques for use in our everyday lives. Gillian addresses common questions like, “I don’t have enough time to meditate”, “how to deal with your inner critical voice” and “dealing with difficult colleagues”. Practical, relevant and achievable.”
General Counsel at FTSE 100 Company
“The work of a barrister is demanding and pressured and can be very lonely. The stress under which they work is often transmitted to their clerks who are there to support them. Only another barrister can really understand the stresses and strains of life at or around the Bar. Gillian Higgins is uniquely placed to open the “mindfulness closet” and to encourage an inherently reluctant audience to embrace the practice of mindfulness. Coming from a place of knowledge, this practical handbook demonstrates the benefits of mindfulness and provides the reader with a step-by-step guide on how to introduce and incorporate mindfulness into the day-to-day schedule. The background and traits of barristers often result in having a number of the characteristics that this book will help to calm: stress, distorted thinking, a busy mind and managing conflict to name a few. This is an excellent, practical book and is exactly what is needed.”
Head of Professional Standards and ADR at 4 Pump Court and Nick Hill, Senior Clerk at 3 New Square and former Chair of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks
“This is an engaging and practical guide to mindfulness and sets out how easy it is to incorporate into your daily life at work and home. You may think you are too busy to practice mindfulness or may have some doubts about its benefits, but in this book Gillian will persuade you how mindfulness can transform your life – bringing greater clarity, focus, calm and better relationships with the people around you. In the 21st century hyper-connected world of information overload, this book is a must!’
Chief Executive of LawCare
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