Mindfulness On the Run
by Chantal Hofstee
Exile Publishing, 2016
Review by Tijuana L.Canders
Feb 13, 2017
Mindfulness on the Run, is written by Chantal Hofstee, a clinical psychologist from New Zealand. Mindfulness is a released meditation practice which permeates consciousness as not belonged to me, allows for a long period of unlearning and questioning ownership and nature of thoughts.
The book is exceptionally arranged. Hofstee includes insights into how our brains work; to identify the causes of our stress; and to teach us mindfulness techniques. She offers explanations and ideas that, if we follow them, may result in these objectives being met. Her examples often present two sides to a situation to help readers see how using mindfulness compares to not using it.
A major facet of mindfulness is, of course, our thoughts, and Hofstee has included a couple chapters focused on this. As we process our thoughts, it is important to evaluate them for truthfulness and accuracy. It is helpful to identify their source and then to work to change the inappropriate thoughts. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a cornerstone of this effort.
Hofstee explains, “Your brain is constantly changing and adapting based on your experiences. Changing old habits and creating new ones comes with directed and repeated practice of the new way of thinking, feeling and doing. By doing this over and over again, the new pathways will become strong and take over until the new way of thinking and doing becomes second nature.”
In helping us to understand our brain function, Hofstee uses simple, non-medical terms. For instance, she explains that either our brain feels safe (“green state”) or unsafe (“red state”). An in-between “orange state” exists as a neutral ground where ideas and goals are formulated that will move us into a green state, and Hofstee provides many good examples of movement between these states.
The final chapter titled, “Mindfulness and Self-Compassion” encourages readers to recognize and acknowledge the need for greater personal mindfulness. ‘A busy life, one which needs Mindfulness on the Run, is also likely full of stress and self-criticism.’ For those who have not explored mindfulness much, especially because they haven’t had or made the time, Mindfulness on the Run can be a good read and place to begin.
© 2017 Tijuana L. Canders